SODA Gallery: Modern Times Infection

Young Deok / Modern Times Infection

October 18 – November 10, 2012

Opening: 18 October 2012

6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

SODA is pleased to announce ‘’Modern Times Infection’’, the first solo show of South Korean artist Seo Young Deok to be held in Istanbul, Turkey, sponsored by SAMSUNG.

Seo Young Deok’s work aims to reflect the disease-like contamination we experience caused by materials in our society, he hopes to reveal the amount of suffering it places on the modern-day human. To express this, he utilized metal chains to create the modern man. Chains were made by our civilization and created through mass production, yet it is also just one accessory, one part in a massive piece of machinery. He considered each part of the chain a human cell and used the chains to create a human figure. Thus, this being’s form has been created in contamination by materials in our current world.

There are six pieces in this exhibition and several works use chains as accessories to focus on man’s endless vanity and ill-judged consumption habits.

Seo Young Deok’s work is a mirror to modern man that he hopes one can find his or herself in these works.


In 2010 he graduated from the department of Environmental Sculpture, University of Seoul. In 2008 he received the Grand Prize, “The 9th National Undergraduate and Graduate Students Sculpture Competition”

His work has been exhibited in Seoul and bought by private collectors, museums, and art foundations.

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