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Sougwen Chung

The artist's latest print series blends graphite drawing with 3D digital sculpture

by James Thorne in Culture on 12 July 2012

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Haunting curvilinear forms dominate the work of Sougwen Chung, an artist with international roots and a flair for outspoken minimalism. Her most recent series—produced as a limited-edition print run for Ghostly International—portrays four natural phenomena with subtle coloration and high contrast. The individual members of "Étude Op. 2 No.1-4" take the names "Flight", "High Tide", "Cocoon" and "Bloom", and lie somewhere between representation and theory. Viewed together, they communicate a congruent narrative and aesthetic in spite of their abstract form.

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"The form and composition of each piece are informed by textures and elements within an original series of graphite drawings," Chung tells CH when asked about the process. "Elements are deconstructed and then sculpted in a 3D digital environment. The final pieces are a result of a multi-disciplinary approach to improvisation and experimentation." Ultimately, the blend of mediums and abilities brings about sci-fi worthy, otherworldly shapes.

A departure from her previous print series for Ghostly "Étude Op. 1", "Op. 2" rejects the minimalist, hand-drawn look for "darker palettes and more iconic motifs." "'Op. 1' was deliberately austere and minimal, celebrating pure form and visual rhythm in the way only black and white images can," Chung explains. Both series showcase Chung's talent for visual edginess and slick dynamism—which goes a long way towards explaining her commercial successes. If Chung's look is minimalist, then it is a minimalism in crisis, full of movement, transition and graphic energy.

"Étude Op. 2" and the earlier series "Op. 1" are available from the Ghostly online store starting at $60. See more images of the two series in our slideshow.

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