Gwon Osang and Choe U-ram: Asia Triennial Manchester 08

Choe U-Ram, Urbanus Male
  • Saturday 5 April 2008 - Sunday 21 September 2008
  • Manchester Art Gallery
  • FREE
See sculptures by contemporary Korean artists Gwon Osang and Choe U-ram at Manchester Art Gallery as part of Asia Triennial Manchester 08.

Gwon Osang makes extraordinary life-size sculptures of people. He uses hundreds of photographic images to build up the surface appearance of his models, including the face, their hair and their clothes. The process gives his beautifully crafted figures both photo-realist and surreal qualities.

Following a recent Manchester residency, Gwon is now creating a new work specially commissioned for ATM08. His Manchester-inspired sculpture is of the musician Graham Massey - best known as a member of Manchester’s electronic pioneers 808 State. This new work is being displayed from 5 April together with another of Gwon's existing works Control.

From 21 June – 21 September, Manchester Art Gallery also presents Gwon’s first major UK solo exhibition. This exhibition provides the chance to see further new sculptures by Gwon.

Gwon Osang, Control, detail

Gwon Osang, Control, detail

Choe U-ram combines the latest precision engineering technologies with art to create robotic sculptures with echoes of organic forms. He uses cut and polished metals, machinery and electronics to create kinetic sculptures inspired by sea creatures and plant life. In a UK first for the artist, Choe U-ram is exhibiting two enormous robotic works, Urbanus Female and Urbanus Male, in the gallery's atrium.

Gwon Osang and Choe U-Ram on flickr

Gwon Osang photographs Graham MasseyChoe U-Ram, Urbanus Male detail

Visit our flickr pages to see photographs of Gwon Osang photographing his models and Choe U-Ram's preparatory drawings for Urbanus Female and Urbanus Male.

Asia Triennial 08

Asia Triennial Manchester 08 is a festival of visual culture and the UK's first Asian art triennial. Five venues across the city are showcasing fresh and innovative work that represents the best of contemporary visual art from across Asia.

The festival is conceived by Shisha, the UK’s premier international agency for contemporary South Asian crafts and visual arts, in partnership with Castlefield Gallery, Chinese Arts Centre, Cornerhouse, The International 3, Manchester Art Gallery and Manchester Metropolitan University (through MIRIAD and the Faculty of Art & Design).