Part of a series of images from the shadowy fringes of the Internet. Visuals that stir my sense for the eerie and macabre.
Seoul based artist Choi Xooang makes incredible lifelike representations of the human form with often grotesque, disturbing or strikingly surreal…variations. From groups of gossiping bipedal beings that leer with mouths without a face; through males who writhe with giant feet and monstrously large penis in full-erection; to eerily “perfect” formed vagina, proffered by contorted figures with legs splayed and forced back, exposing such parts to raw scrutiny, void of hair and glistening. This isn’t pornography. This is confrontation of cultural and social taboos. Choi Xooang exaggerates features as if using the transliterated graphic metaphor of coming after the viewer with a sledgehammer.
A candy-flesh wrapped lady for your wildest fantasy of gore, voyeurism and sex.
This particular image is one of the artist’s more subtle pieces. Woven into that subtlety is a darkness that can press a chill into the flesh of any warm-blooded human, and cause an ache of horror to throb through your bones. What kind of gift is this, where you can untie and unwrap the skin to feast upon naked muscle, blood vessels and nervous tissue? That’s if there is anything organic beneath there at all. Regardless, you’re looking at the concept of creating something living to suit tastes of pleasure that are normally beyond the scope of what society offers up as “things to enjoy”.
Synthetic biology is emerging as the “industrial revolution” of the 21st Century. When oil giants create carnage with spills that devastate a hundred miles of coastline, they’re now turning to the bio-tech firms to “create” something that they can thrown into the sea to eat the oil. Human endeavour will lead to increasingly complex organisms being developed. We’re now trudging onto the first slabs of a path that will take us into extraordinary moral dilemma. Bladerunners – we salute you – we recruit you – we misunderstand our prejudice and are blind to the corporations who downsize ethics in the pursuit of profit.
I highly recommend you explore the visually stunning yet sometimes freakish art of Choi Xooang via official website.