BTS‘s Suga and J-Hope met with American contemporary artist Tom Sachs.
Tom Sachs is an artist from New York City. He specializes in modern art in sculpting. He is “probably best known for his elaborate recreations of various Modern icons, all of them masterpieces of engineering and design of one kind or another.” GQ referred to him as “the Handyman of High Art.”
TOM SACHS is a sculptor, probably best known for his elaborate recreations of various Modern icons, all of them masterpieces of engineering and design of one kind or another. In an early show he made Knoll office furniture out of phone books and duct tape; later, he recreated Le Corbusier’s 1952 Unité d’Habitation using only foamcore and a glue gun. Other projects have included his versions of various Cold War masterpieces, like the Apollo 11 Lunar Excursion Module, and the bridge of the battleship USS Enterprise. And because no engineering project is more complex and pervasive than the corporate ecosystem, he’s done versions of those, too, including a McDonald’s he built using plywood, glue, assorted kitchen appliances. He’s also done Hello Kitty and her friends in materials ranging from foamcore to bronze.
A lot has been made of the conceptual underpinnings of these sculptures: how Sachs’ sampling capitalist culture, remixing, dubbing and spitting it back out again, so that the results are transformed and transforming. Equally, if not more important, is his total embrace of ‘showing his work.’ All the steps that led up to the end result are always on display. On a practical level, this means that all seams, joints, screws or for that matter anything holding stuff together, like foamcore and plywood, are left exposed. Nothing is erased, sanded away, or rendered invisible. On a more philosophical level, this means that nothing Sachs makes is ever finished. Like any good engineering project, everything can always be stripped down, stripped out, redesigned and improved.
The reward for work is more work.
— Mark van de Walle
Tom Sachs, his wife Sarah Hoover, and their son visited HYBE while in South Korea. They went to HYBE INSIGHT, the museum commemorating HYBE’s music, artists, and fans.
Rather than just seeing BTS in the featured videos and photos displayed in the museum’s exhibitions, the Sachs family also met two members in person.
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Rappers J-Hope and Suga stopped by to meet them. Tom Sachs and his wife shared highlights from the meeting on their Instagram Stories.
Tom Sachs actually brought his art piece, BOOMBOX RETROSPECTIVE 1999 – 2022, to the museum. It will be on display from today, June 22, until September 11, 2022.
J-Hope was especially excited about Tom Sachs’ visit and the new additions to HYBE INSIGHT.
J-Hope even shared some additional highlights of his own on Instagram Stories. He received a couple of gifts from the artist from his own partnership with Nike.
Iconic artist meets iconic artist!
Unfortunately, the biggest ARMY of all in Tom Sachs’ family didn’t get to enjoy the moment. Read more below: