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Ahn Sung-Ha (b. 1977)
Cigarettes 2004
Oil on Canvas

My first reason for choosing to write about this piece was the fact that it was done by a female, Korean artist, which we have in common. Well, the female-Korean aspect…not so much the artist aspect, maybe someday ^_^ but, anyway, the other reason for choosing this piece was because its concept of the cigarettes in a glass was very interesting to me. The interaction between “darkness and beauty? with the cigarettes was quite idiosyncratic. It wasn’t the mundane type of “cigarette art? that I’ve typically seen (i.e. cigarette in an ashtray). This piece to me was very aesthetically pleasing as well. I couldn’t get over how real it looked. It looked like an actual photograph.