Humanizing animals

The artworks shown in this exhibition are all done by Seo Sang Ik. The animals chosen in every photo carries different personalities that follow through with the artwork's idea. Every piece are shown in every day settings. This exhibition is a humorous yet meaningful exhibit that shows the daily human life without the use of humans.

In the artwork "Sunday PM 4", shows a lion laying on a bed in an empty room. This leaves all the focus on the lion. The blue color of the bed represents royalty, as he is the alpha, head of the household. He’s resting in bed on a Sunday evening after a long week. I chose this artwork in my exhibition because it shows the relevant of a tired out alpha, spending his Sunday resting, preparing for the upcoming week.
“Going Out” shows a hyena leaving. The hyena helps depicts the idea of laughing and having a good time when out in public. Hyenas are scavengers like people, they feed off of other people and laugh about it. The hyena is shown sneaking out just like how some teens have to sneak out to go out sometimes. I chose this piece because i can understand the viewpoint how people go out and gossip and laugh about it.
“A Meet with Strangers” shows penguins waddling around the museum, in comparison to how people walk around the museum mindless. The penguins represent how lost people can be when they go to art galleries. The title ties in with this art piece describing the penguins' meeting with the strange art pieces. I chose this artwork because I can relate how a lot of people I've gone to the museum with have also felt out of place and confuse.
“Yes?!” shows a meerkat popping out of a office cubicle. It relates to how most people react when their names get called. Meerkats are known to be on high alert at all times, especially when they hear something that sparks their interest. Just like meerkats, humans tend to jump up and look around when they hear their name. I chose this artwork because the cliche moment when someone pops their head up from an office cubicle is relatable and humorous.
“Unexpected Awakening” shows a lion’s slumber getting disrupted. The lion best symbolizes this situation because of his fierceness. Just like anyone, if they were woken up, they would be grouchy and want to roar out at that person. I chose this artwork because when I wake my boyfriend up from sleeping, he has a vicious expression on his face as if he’s ready to kill me just like this lion.
"Not Trained" shows a coyote taking off the art in an art exhibit. This relates to the artist being confused of conceptional art works. He is tired of art always having a mystery behind them so he is representing the coyote, taking things as it is. Coyotes are known to eat everything they can fit in their mouths, as humans think everything they can contain, sometimes too much. I chose this piece of art because I understand his concept of wanting just art to be just art, and to think simple like a coyote.
“Coexistence For a Peace” shows three actions played out: a person reading a newspaper, a dog sleeping, and a person playing the guitar. The titles ties into this art piece how the only way for all of this to coexist, is if there was no sound. The person playing the guitar would make too much noise for a dog to sleep and a person to read peacefully. I chose this piece because it’s relatable, how in every household everyone is doing their own thing, and sometimes too loudly, and if sounds were to not exist, then this problem would be solved like in this artwork.
“When An Afternoon Melt Down" shows a crime scene. The darkness gives the mysterious vibe. The cops are looking for a high ranking criminal that is represented by the giraffe’s neck. The title describes not only the melt down of the giraffe’s saliva but of the troublesome situation that occurred that afternoon. I chose this artwork because it meshes with my theme about animals humanized, and even the least suspicious subject can be a murderer.
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