Korea, Seoul, COEX Convention & Exhibition Center, Seoul Living Design Fair, March, 2007
Korea, Busan, Busan Museum of Art, 2006 New Acquisitions, March - July, 2007
Korea, Seoul, National Museum of Contemporary Art, New Acquisitions 2006, February 23, 2007 - April 1, 2007
Korea, Seoul, Hangaram Design Museum at Seoul Arts Center, Design Pot: Korea Best Design Culture Section, December, 2007 - March, 2008
France, Paris, Galerie DOWNTOWN françois laffanour, choi byung hoon, May - July, 2008
Korea, Paju, Gallery Hangil, choi, byung hoon: art · furniture, October - November, 2008, flyleaf, pp. 37-38, 41
Alternate editions of this work have been accessioned into the permanent collections of respectively, the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Seoul, Korea, the Busan Museum of Art in Busan, Korea and the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany.
Sculpture? Or furniture? Seamlessly marrying lyricism with utilitarianism, Choi Byung Hoon has constructed an extensive oeuvre of objects that seem lifted right out of nature. A revered figure in the Korean art world and beyond, Choi straddles the increasingly indistinguishable realms of design, art and craft. Part and parcel of Seoul's flourishing enterprise of transforming itself into a design
capital of Asia, Choi has become something of a creative ambassador. Well-positioned to achieve these ambitions as his work has graced numerous fairs, museums and galleries all over the world, Choi is a willing diplomat who wields his influence local and abroad. While enjoying critical acclaim for his work on the international stage, Choi has devoted a tantamount energy to the dominion of art education in his native country. Director of the Institute of Art & Design at Hongik University, President of the Korea Furniture Society, Director of the
Hongik University Museum, Specialist of the Cultural Heritage Committee and currently, Dean and Professor at the College of Fine Arts at Hongik University, Choi fully understands the importance of steering future generations and heartily embraces his mission of cultivating young minds.
AfterImage 07-244 (Lot 975) constitutes one of the artist's most famed works-- other editions are permanently collected by the Busan Museum of Art and National Museum of Contemporary Art in Korea as well as the Vitra Design Museum in Germany. Silhouettes, materials, contours and forms from negligible aspects of daily phenomena are appropriated then subsequently reimagined into an assemblage that boasts a dual quality of both the aesthetic and the functional. There is often a playful spontaneity that peeks out from Choi's designs. It is as if a smooth, pristine block of polished granite happened to be resting on just the right coordinates on the lowest level of a stepped plank, laminated and varnished to immaculate splendour, resulting ultimately in a perfect ergonomic and expressive balance. A sculptural conversation between wood and stone is struck, in hopes of reaching a harmonious coexistence though delightfully interrupted by mischievous tensions rising between straight lines and curved, lightness and weight or positive and negative space. Choi Byung Hoon began creating for AfterImage in 1994 and emblematic of his full artistic maturation, the series has swiftly become his most celebrated over the years.
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