‘Aglobe’ series attempts to depict the surreal and mysterious aspects of the extraordinary scales and concepts of extraterrestrial worlds by using line designs to create three-dimensional forms. The spherical designs represent what is universal: electrons, atoms, planets, stars and even ideas. His hand drawn imperfect spheres and lines suggest the concept of ‘clinamen’ – the unpredictable swerve of atoms. As Cho has no perfect control over the shapes being created by his free hand, he finds this analogy to be captivating as the unpredictability exists among our daily lives.
He wishes his art works to cause for a serendipitous whim.
The Cosmological Principle, 2015
Digital Print, 22x34 inches. Edition 1/7
The Cosmological Principle suggests that when the universe is viewed on a sufficiently large scale, the properties of the universe are the same for all observers, due to the distribution of matter in the universe is homogeneous and isotropic, since the forces are expected to act uniformly throughout the universe. Some criticizes this principle, because of this philosophical statement may only be true to the small sample of the universe that we can observe and assumes that the same physical laws apply throughout the rest of the universe. Which suggests that the universe is somehow knowable and is playing fair for people to understand. I find this notion of things looking the same from different observers fascinating. Because, people might see the same thing but tell different stories. Throughout the history, many religions and myths were born. Some were treated as mythical stories and some were recognized as the divine law from above. Some theories suggests that ever since the first generations of mankind roamed the earth, they, too, wondered upon the stars. As the night sky was lit up by the magnificent starlights, people tried to understand what they meant. Even though the majestic sky was up there for all beings, different people interpreted the same sky differently. Thus, in the center of this piece is a rotating earth with its axis tilted with two ghostly silhouettes both gazing upon the stars. I have placed the symbol of self-reflexivity or self-eating, the Ouroboros. Plato described the Ouroboros as the immortal and the first living thing, where it needs nothing but itself. However, we know scientifically, an organism will die if it tries to consume itself for nutrients. Therefore, I use that symbol for self-desctruction. I find this interesting; how different people make different conclusions from observing the same thing. I wonder, how many different people saw the same stars and came up with different prophecies that started petty conflicts that still blinds us from the big picture... the very apparently clear picture - that we are all on the pale blue dot - aka Earth.
"Do you see the stars that I saw? Am I seeing the stars that you have seen?"
"So many questions that I ask. At the sky as these stars are calling at night. Think about the darkness in the night. How they are letting us to see all the stars. Maybe its the daylight that is blinding us.Stars shooting all the beauty on us."
Pen and Ink, 6x8 inches.
Nazar, The Evil Eye 2015
Pen and Ink, 12x8 inches.
In central Asia, during the ages of Tengrism, people held superstition about the evil eye watching them. The most popular trinket they used to fend off this evil eye was the Nazar, a handmade concentric circles or teardrop shapes in dark blue, white, light blue and black.
Even some Muslim scholars have rejected the use of the Nazar, as they believed that one would believe that the object is providing the protection not God.
As I continued creating the Aglobe series, some of this concentric circle's designs reminded me of other things, for instance the Nazar design which I saw when I was visiting Turkey. From this piece I wanted to emphasize the human instinct of finding patterns. Evolution theory suggests that humans have evolved to seek and understand patterns as it helps with survival. The shapes in Aglobe series represents all that is universal: atoms, electrons, planets, stars and ideas. It is up to the viewer to interpret it however they wish. Through my drawings and experiments of shapes and colors, I want to illustrate the similar designs and patterns that are throughout the nature. Through the history of Nazar, we now see that the trinket became a mere souvenir without any magical property.
Another fascinating insight to how people mystify the unknown.
Pen and Ink, 8x10 inches.
The Butterfly Effect, 2015
Pen and Ink, 14x11 inches.
Gravitational Lensing, 2015
Acrylic, 24x18 inches.
Acrylic, 22x28 inches.
Dreaming in Titan, 2015
Acrylic, 24x18 inches.