Island of Autism
Asperger syndrome is a disorder closely related to autism. While it differs from it in relative preservation of cognitive and linguistic capabilities, it is unmistakably stamped with difficulties in social interaction. Because people with Asperger syndrome cannot recognize and display emotions, they lack the ability to act empathically and are often perceived as “cold”. Artist Choi Xoo-Ang uses the implications of these pathological symptoms, in his “Islet of Asperger” series, to strongly comment on the individual in a society, whose social persona has suffocated the free thinking and free acting man inside. All that remains of these individuals are over-sized sensory organs, even incomplete in numbers expected in humans, that have evolved to great dimensions to be able to replace what was a mind. These creatures only seem to act and think independently but in fact are guided solely by social conformism, of which they are now totally dependent. They have no courage, no will and are ever growing closer to a vegetative state in terms of social roles. It’s an ugly reduction of the ideal state of human, and Mr. Xoo-Ang has done a terrifyingly superb job of capturing the pure essence of it. His sculptures are of concrete, colored only in small areas, significant to the message they convey, and bland everywhere else. The message is strong in both it’s visual impact and in reflections it raises in our minds. Some might find content below disturbing.