SUNGHO CHO

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Born in 1975 in Cheongsong, Korea, Sungho Cho graduated in Metalwork & Jewellery from Seoul National University. Between 2006 and 2008, he moved to Florence to study at the prestigious Alchimia school with two masters of the contemporary art jewelry field, Manfred Bischoff and David
Bielander before completing his training with Otto Künzli from 2008 to 2013 at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich.

In 2013, he received the title of Best Jeweler of the Year in Korea and his works appear regularly in exhibitions in Europe and the USA. His works are present in many permanent collections of international museums such as the Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), the Museum of Contemporary Craft (Portland, USA), The Chiwoo Craft Museum (Korea) and the Alice and Louis Koch Collection (Basel, Switzerland).

Between abstraction and figuration, Sungho Cho's works are characterized by their humor and discreetly subversive dimension. The artist brilliantly combines an elegant and sophisticated metal work and the straightforward use of poor materials such as wood and recycled plastics. This improbable combination highlights the accuracy of his perception of the world around him. Over the past few years, he has been reflecting on the relativity of financial and monetary values, using credit and member cards as a material for his works to materialize the emptiness of contemporary values and the planned disappearance of our free will.

 

Nowadays, our life is made more convenient thanks to various plastic cards such as credit cards. However, the same card ironically carries the potential to transform into a weapon that threatens people’s freedom, recording all their movements. Instead of dismissed cash, plastic cards have taken up space inside our wallets, secretly spying on us.
Thanks to plastic cards, especially credit cards, we can track many things, perhaps almost everything, like economic level, life changes and radius of action over «time». So I decided to use plastic cards in my work to represent this important implied meaning. Human shapes based on multiple-layer patterns materialize, like statistics, the history of their owner. --
Sungho Cho about the "People" series.