Perspectives and Interpretations

By printing photos on a transparent film, and connecting various transparent films of the same or similar photos together, artist Myung Keun Koh, is able to construct a 3-dimensional representation that has a very familiar feeling to a 2.5 Parallax image. The parallax effect is achieved when a 2-dimensional image is divided into layers, and movement is added to give a synthetic illusion of 3-dimensional space. Koh's sculptures bring this effect, which is typically seen through a digital screen, to the physical world.

This sculpture represents a dream like reality where people are standing on top of a container within another container. The subjects that stand on top of the smaller container are on the edge of a mortal plane. Being on the outside of the smaller container shows that they have escaped their mortal being, and are embarking on a journey of transcendence by entering the larger container and experiencing more than what they were previously confined to.
In this sculpture, Koh creates a truly 3-Dimensional parallax image that can be seen from an infinite amount of different perspectives. The photos that are used in this sculpture are taken from the interior of the Carnavalet Museum. As the viewers move along the sculpture the panel closest to the viewer seems to shift in a complimentary fashion to the one farthest away giving the illusion that the room actually exists and occupies space.
Looking right from the side it appears as though a building is submerged underwater. As you move along the side it seems as though the water is moving when it is just an illusion of perspective. From another side it easy to see a woman standing in the ocean. She disappears if you look from the side as she is flat and 2 dimensional.
A combination of multiple exterior shots of buildings in New York City, Dreams of Building-10 is the reflection of a house that could be dreamt-up in someone’s imagination. It it constructed in their imagination yet it wields no space and very little existence. This idea can easily be interpreted from looking at the piece as it is nearly transparent and empty as if it barely exists.
In this sculpture multiple layers of similar images are spliced and placed very close to each other. Together they make an illusion of infinite pillars, arches, and walkways that creates a labyrinth effect as the pathways are ever changing with the different perspectives.
Inspired by the Louvre Museum, Koh has placed an image of an ancient roman statue within a cage like structure. This cage magnifies the image of the statue at different angles, in turn morphing the form of the statue and creating several reflections in all sides of the cage.
Splicing images of the interior of the Metropolitan Museum in New York and the British Museum in London, Koh creates an entirely new building. When people view this piece within an exhibition, not only are they experiencing that exhibition but they are also experiencing the one within the work of art.
Using images of people walking in the waters of an ocean and that of a staircase, Koh creates an odd like image that can be interpreted in many ways. The waves in that water have many white caps that look cloud like when seen from afar. If interpreted as clouds, it seems as though there are people walking in mid-air or in heaven, and the stair case is the stairway to heaven.
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