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Young-Deok Seo received a BFA in environmental sculpture from University of Seoul, South Korea, in 2010.
He makes metal sculptures using only bike chain components, comparing the standardization of modern life to the monotonous repetitive movement of the chain in its original function.
By repurposing the chain components in his work, he replaces its functionality as a machine part and gives it new vitality and life. ‘I use immobile and cold textured form of a body to express our true nature that turned from the human nature to a property,’ he says.
In 2009, Young-Deok received first place in National Undergraduate and Graduate Students Sculpture Competition. His work has been exhibited in Seoul.
"I'm looking forward to see what this young artist will create in the next 10, 20, 30 years. You can see a great talent, growing, learning in this young man. If I was to ask you how old you thought the artists was, if you did not already know, I expect your answer would be 45+ and I think his skill is very unrepresentative of his age, which is a wonderful thing."