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Chang Hyun Bang

Interview with Chang Hyun Bang - New Artist, June-July 2011

Interview with South Korean ceramic artist Chang Hyun Bang - New artist, June-July 2011

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: In what techniques do you usually work and what materials do you use?

Chang Hyun Bang: I usually use two different techniques for my artworks. One is slab-building for the architecture, the other is plaster-casting for the swine. I use stoneware for the architecture, firing at cone 04 while porcelain clay for the swine, firing at cone 6.

What is your present project, what’s its history and how do you make the pieces?

I have been interested in expressing my personal emotion derived from my own trauma through swine’s body language. Most of all, depression, anxiety, desire, obsession from my daily lives, and subtle emotions indescribable through language have been important sources for my inspiration. My recent works ‘Secret Garden’ represent my personal story hidden in the flowers. The universal meanings of flowers were subverted with my personal narrative in my artworks. But viewers are given a clue through the text to decode my secret story with the flowers.


Demosirorooo, 2009, 50 x 32 x 39, 2009, clay, glaze, decal - View his works

Do you remember your early works, how did it all started?

When I look back on my early works, I seem to be interested in expressing my ‘contradictory desire’ and ‘phenomenological things’ such as the absence and presence of a thing. I usually loved using big words that I couldn’t fully understand. But that kind of questions are very helpful to my recent works.

Read More

  • Chang Hyun Bang: A Noonday Demon

  • Chang Hyun Bang: Warokkiooo (detail)

  • Chang Hyun Bang: Warokkiooo

  • "Employing a dramatic narrative structure in which a swine appears as protagonist, Bang acutely captures our diverse daily emotions – depression, anxiety, desire, obsession, loss, hallucination, horror – from the viewpoint of an animal. His small, cute swine characters echo viewers who think of them logically and rationally as weak, poor animals."

    Noel Sewell about ceramist Chang Hyun Bang

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