By Katy Cowan
When you first consider this ongoing series by London-based Hong Kong illustrator and product designer Kevin LCK, you assume he’s just re-imagining popular electronics as cardboard sculptures. In actual fact, the clever artworks also contain amusing miniature dioramas that explore the daily co-dependent relationship between humans and technology.
Speaking to The Global Panorama, Kevin explained how he came up with the idea for the series: “I try to look into the problems of living with technology through movies, books or writings. They are often apocalyptic, but I realised that the threat could also be very subtle and intimate, lying within our very ordinary behaviour, because technology has shaped our lives for the sake of development instead of aiming to create genuinely better lives. So I decided to go a bit deeper in this area and try to create something out of it.
“I graduated as a product designer, but I always wanted to be an illustrator. So when I was thinking of creating ‘something’, I thought why not think of a way to combine both of my skills? The artwork turned out to be what I call ‘illustrative objects’, a hybrid of illustration and paper model, both illustrative and tangible.”
Can we live without technology? Have they become so much a part of our daily lives that they cannot be separated? Visit kevinlck.com to view more of his cardboard sculptures and consider the answers to these timely questions yourself.