Byung Hoon Choi afterimage of beginning 016-471, 2016 Basalt 89 x 35.5 x 23.75 inches
Byung Hoon Choi (b. 1952, Korea) represents a departure from the kind of sculpture cities commonly acquire and collect. Instead of being loud, aggressive, and full of commentary and reference to contemporary life, these works are quiet. They create mind space. They alter our state of being, becoming meditations. Special procurement designation is requested for Choi because his artwork uniquely beautiful; because it brings peace to the viewer. Choi is interested in traditional Korean craft and Asian values. He is known for elevating the traditional techniques, fusing them with modern aesthetics. He works in natural materials: wood, clay, granite and natural stone, always balancing Buddhist ideas of introspection with Taoist notions of balance.
The work purchased for Atlanta exemplifies that balance. Choi uses basalt, a material he chose for what it reveals and what it represents. When split open, basalt has sleek interior – the material itself is a contrast of both rough and smooth, light and dark, inner and outer. Choi explains:
"Basalt… was formed billions of years ago when magma erupted… the exterior is made of rough earth, but the interior is a black color. I thought the tension created by the contrast between outside and inside makes it a very suitable material for the expression of my art. Through this, all the true values of the universe are expressed inside..." (Byung Hoon Choi, designboom, November 11, 2016)
More information on Choi is available here.
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