SooJin Kang's work defies categorization. Is it conceptual art, industrial design, fashion design or perhaps all of them rolled into one nice package? I first discovered her work over on DesignSponge's "what's in your toolbox?" feature. I was hooked when I saw the photo of strips of leather splayed out on a white cloth.
|SooJin Kang's work table. Photo by Ania Wawrzkowicz|
And then I went over to her website where I discovered the most amazing chair deconstruction. Functional? Maybe. Beautiful? Yes!
|Knitted Stool, 2011 by SooJin Kang. Photo by Ania Wawrzkowicz|
From what I can see about her various series and the photos of her workspace, we certainly have in common the sense of order and place for things.
|SooJin Kang's tools and wool. Photo by Ania Wawrzkowicz|
I just like how she 'tests the waters' for new ideas and isn't afraid to make something that hovers somewhere between function and pure art, likely pissing off purists within those camps. Yes!
|Knitted Chair, 2009 by SooJin Kang. Photo by Ania Wawrzkowicz|
Her work was included in the Cheongju International Craft Biennale in South Korea this year. I SO wished I would have entered that show, however unlikely it would have been that my work would have been accepted. There was a really talented group of artists included.
|Dressed Furniture, 2010 by SooJin Kang. Photo by Ania Wawrzkowicz|