Cloud, 2014
Sponge foam, glass bottle, leather 
18 x 8.5 x 8.5 in. 
 

YU SAM SUNG 

My latest works are created from sponge foam, and follows the idea of using common everyday objects. I believe that objects are constructed for a specific purpose and are used precisely for that purpose. Every item has a name and objects belonging to the same group serve similar objectives. In other words, when faced with the question “What is this?” the fact that we can answer clearly shows that the object has a fundamental nature that makes it purely what it is.

We can thus refer to this as the nature of an object. Having said this, it is not a stretch to say that the nature of an object is synonymous with its original purpose for being. If this is true, we can safely assume that my pieces, which use sponge foam as its main source of material, have lost their nature.
We commonly refer to the nature of humans as human nature. However, as to the question of how we exactly determine human nature, there is no definite answer. Such a question invites a diverse range of answers. At the end of the day, human nature is susceptible to change depending upon its interpretation. To apply this concept to my own work, I can say that the items used in my pieces can also be interpreted depending on the content in which they are situated.

About Yu Sam Sung 

Yusam Sung was born in 1978 in Korea and currently lives and works in New York. He received MFA from LIU Post in New York. Since graduating the school, he has been exhibiting his work consistently in New York. He is working on natural phenomena such as the mushroom cloud and the wave.