Human Figure The sculpture of Chung Hyun starts with his interest in the configuration of a human. From ancient times, the human body has been an important subject matter and particularly in classical art the configuration of the human figure implied ideal beauty and was recognizably a 'tabloid edition of the universe.' However, the human body expressed by Chung Hyun is starkly different from such tradition. The form in his work is rugged, the methods employed intense and sometimes even violent. This 'untamed intensity' is an important factor which adds to the reality not only of the materials but also to the existence of mankind. His first piece was created between 1985 and the early 1990s when he was studying in France. He is expressing the dynamic human body with several compressed lines that do not display volume, such as bone structures and muscles, and by distorting the actual figures. The tension in this piece is accentuated by the use of manila hemp in plaster, tautly stretched over the surface.