Capturing his every subject in their most pure and vulnerable form, using negative film, Koh Sang Woo is a visual artist who consolidates photography, performance, and painting – in an effort to present the audience with the opportunity to see the world in reverse.
You were born in Seoul into a family of artists. What attracted you to the U.S.?
When I was a young student in Seoul, art education was mainly focused on technique rather than idea and concept. Techniques based on old masters were a large part of art education. Repeating the techniques over and over again to duplicate a master. I realised the U.S. had a different art education system. After finding out I had to create 20 original artworks for my portfolio to enter college, I was immediately attracted to study abroad. It required far more creativity and my own vision and style. I wanted to study art in U.S., where you can have your own style and vision for something else and something new.
Koreans are known for their strong attachment to their specific culture and rich history. You have travelled the world, met American, Asian, and European artists. How have these travels influenced your art?
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