Movies capture our hearts and imaginations, inviting us to experience together the life of its' heroes and heroines. And through collections of DVDs and memorabilia, our emotional connections with those characters are revived. A rare piece of the actor’s autograph or an item from the movie set can even evoke a sense of exhilaration, as tangible objects help bridge our reality and the imaginary world. It is as if the characters are brought to life with our every touch.
“The Star” is one of my custom series of figures inspired by movies in a 1/6th scale, the size that best allows ease of collection as well as precision to detail. With utmost detail, I recreate the characters into tangible objects and draw them to our own reality.
I become the new director in this world of 1/6th scale.
A world scaled down to one sixth of its size, That’s where I seek to realize the aspiration of mankind.
The approach towards the world that cannot yet be seen or touched, Towards the desire to possess that which cannot be possessed, This is what I seek to realize in this condensed world.
I try to craft the most human-like skin, form and operation. By creating lifelike expression and posture, as if to emulate God’s breathing of life into Adam, I seek to attain the complete analog desired by humans.
The values of direct observation, as well as those of touch and possession, are all being surpassed in this condensed world.
For us humans who seek possessions for the satisfaction of the senses, or, the completion of the analog, the effort to provide such minute yet detailed "1/6" world is of great significance, as it serves as a channel through which everyone of all age, race and gender can transport across time and space to touch and possess to their satisfaction.
The act of possessing is a privilege unique to humans and is a completion of human nature.
Realization of the perfect analog and of the satisfaction of the five senses, Our human quest for 'value' is being gradually accomplished in the condensed world through the work of countless “1/6 figure artists” across the world.
I call this "1/6thism".
Zuno ... ^L^
Jun Ho Kim, also known as Zuno (b. 1964), is a graphic/web designer, art director and a collector of toys and customized 1/6th figures and dioramas. Hailing from Seoul, South Korea, he has also taught numerous years at the collegiate level there. His passion for toys started with collection of rare-found figures in late 1980s and has since into expanded to customizing, painting and kitbashing 1/6th scale figures with life-like details. Also active in online forums, with awards and exhibition from around the world, the widely-acclaimed artist hopes to be a bridge between 1/6th scale world and people around the world through his books.
1/6thISM - V.1. Published April 06, 2009