Useful Arbeitsloser (Jobless)

by Sanghyeok Lee Germany

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Dimension LxWxH (cm): 135x50x190
Material : Brass, Maple wood
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Luckily, I got commissioned to develop a new work right after my graduation. I was very fresh and enthusiastic about everything after my studies. I thought I trained enough to continue exploring my journey after moving to a new country, Germany. But, the reality was different. I had to figure out where I live, where I would work, visa, insurance, language, etc. And of course, I had to check “Arbeitsloser (jobless)” on the official paper at that time.

All of these obstacles came to me as a burden, but I decided to use this one-of-a-kind life experience into something. I was insecure and fragile at the same time. One day, I noticed the scaffolding set up for repainting the building. I was looking at the scaffolding, I figured myself into the structure and was thinking about the life of the scaffolding structures. That was the moment when this useful project was born. Both scaffolding structures and I, are very useful yet insecure simultaneously. There are many contrasts in this project. Useful but jobless, lightness but substantial, vulnerable but determined.

Photos / Jaeuk Lee

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Weight 30 kg
Dimensions 55 × 20 × 200 cm
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About the designer


Sanghyeok Lee is a designer and artist whose practice is based on his interest in the rational realization of an immaterial idea with the attitude that suggests a new perspective on an inanimate object. His work seeks to manifest materials’ true nature and their harmonious forms while redefining the meaning and function of technology in production. Also, Lee recontextualizes the relationship between object and space by using architecture and city, as metaphors of the two; at the same time, creates an atmosphere, which dynamically reverses or mixes the interior and exterior of space, and a new spatial experience. He lives and works in Berlin, Germany.

Curated by

New Solid is a vision to feel and live with art. It is the first show of Casa Nueva, a livable gallery space and apartment hotel initiated by designers River Valadez and Sebastián Arroyo Hoebens, built on the idea that art can be inhabited. We invite visitors to participate in the dialogue among transdisciplinary works from the contemporary art and design scene. It concerns functional art designed and conceived by artists from two magnificent cities, Mexico City and New York, in a correlation founded in geometry, technology, and crafts. The artworks, bliss for the contemplative eye and a joy to use, will invite the beholder to examine the floating and multidimensional character of concepts such as mass, volume, or weight. The location, equipped as a functional living space, can be found in the historical center of Mexico City. The event will be part of the Design Week Mexico festivities in partnership with Adorno, acting as the international design and logistics platform, as well as Ángulo Cero, an Art Gallery with astonishing designs located in Mexico City, and with the support of Yunuen Sariego, promoter and curator of contemporary art based in Mexico City.