About

Born in Gyeongju, Korea, 1972, Soowhan Choi creates meticulous, immaculate, yet expressive images by drilling holes of various sizes (0.4-3mm) in a black acrylic plate (Plexiglas) or laminate, and then LED backlighting the piece. The result is art based on precision, where Choi masterfully manipulates material and light to create texture, form and substance. In Choi's work, we see both the natural and the manmade, where the patterns and symmetrical rhythms of the human eye are closely mirrored with the elaborate curves of ornate Rococo frames, both rendered in meticulous detail through this highly skilled process of image making. We see frothing seascapes, alive with energetic light, contrast with still woodland scenes, where dappled sun and deep shadow show how the artist utilises the contrast of light and dark to encapsulate dynamic space and time.

Exhibition


EDUCATION
2004–2006 M.F.A. The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
1993–1998 B.F.A. ChuGye University for the Arts, Seoul

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
2019 Complex Emptiness, Pontone Gallery, London
2018 Abu Dhabi Art, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi
2017 Beautiful Winter, Lotte Gallery, Daejeon
2017 Responds to Light and Sound, Danwon Art Museum, Ansan
2016 How to Keep Winter, Shinsegae Gallery, Incheon
2016 Walk in Emptiness, PYO Gallery, Seoul

COLLECTIONS
Daegu MBC, Daegu | Dongseo University, Busan | FAWOO Technology, Gyeonggi-do | Galesburg Civic Art Centre,
Galesburg, Illinois | I’Park Suwon City Museum, Suwon | Jeju Museum of Contemporary Art | Michael Aram, Inc., New York
National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Government Art Bank | Ocean Hills Country Club, Cheongdo | Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul | Targetti Sankey S.P.A., Florence | VOA Associates, Inc, Chicago

Work Selection

Alternate Text

Emptiness - Forest Path

Alternate Text

Emptiness - Bamboo Grove

Alternate Text

Emptiness - Waterfall