Beautiful Floating Wire Figures

One can only imagine the time it would take to create such beautifully delicate sculptures such as this. Korean artist Keysook Geum blends, twists and cuts iron wire until invisible female forms look as if they’re donning gorgeous garments. Her recent show at Callan Contemporary was called Moving in Colors and it was where she explored “the curves and contours of the female figure through the timeless forms of the vest, jacket, and dress. These shapes reach across history and culture, harkening to ceremonial Asian robes and modern-day haute couture.”

“To me,” Geum explains, “the knitted webbing represents the background of chaos, and the human figure represents enlightenment. The viewer fills in the emptiness of negative space with the ideas of naturalism, modesty, elegance royalty, craftsmanship, and most importantly, a life in harmony with nature.”

As shown in some of these photos, the real magic happens when light hit her works and shadows suddenly appear. As the gallery says, “They engage in a sublime duet with light and shadowplay, effectively turning wall, floor, and ceiling into line drawings as intricate as a spider’s web. There is uncommon grace in these études on the beauty of the human body. In their contours we glimpse an integration that is rare in contemporary art: flair and serenity coexisting in perfect, trembling equipoise.”










Callan Contemporary website

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