Inspired by the works of Lewis Baltz, Seung Woo Back has created a series of works photo-graphed at Aiinsworld theme park of world architecture in Seoul, Korea. This photograph, from his series Real World, features models of the twin towers of the World Trade Center, which no longer exist. At first, the viewer might be confused by the presence of Korean boats floating in front of the skyscrapers of New York. As one’s gaze shifts from foreground to background, it becomes evident that the world within the picture is staged. “As the border between ontological reality and imagery reality becomes tightly entwined in my pictures one might begin to wonder how the world is shaped in our own imaginations,” said the artist.


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Artist
Seung Woo Back, Korean, born 1973
Title
01-01
from the series Real World
Date
2004
Medium
Chromogenic print
Dimensions
Image: 42 1/8 × 58 3/8 in. (107 × 148.3 cm) Sheet: 50 × 72 1/8 in. (127 × 183.2 cm)
Credit Line

Museum purchase funded by Andy and Katherine Friedman Weiner

Current Location
Not on view
Accession Number
2008.374
Classification
Photographs
Provenance

The artist, Seongnam, South Korea; purchased by MFAH, 2008.