Choi Tae Hoon

Forest Series 3
Metal Steel, cm

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About the artwork

Several keywords express sculptor Choi Tae Hoon. Among the more popular ones are steel, and plasma method he employs in his manipulation of steel, and light that is revealed as a property of his manipulated steel. Although its idea easily mingles with light, it may be dared to express the final result as a hole. Steel, plasma method, and light all come from and return to the basic and primitive essence of hole. In other words, as steel and plasma method are the means to a hole, light is the resultant phenomena of the hole. So it is, that purpose and essence that lie beyond its means and phenomenon lie within the involuntary and primitive, the hole. Trying to understand the sculptor through the keyword hole is quite interesting because each hole is a novel creation: it is always the same hole but a different opening.

About the artist

Choi Tae Hoon, born in 1965, is part of Korea's rapidly developing contemporary art scene which is now beginning to have greater international exposure. Having pursued his Fine Arts Degree (B.F.A and M.F.A) at Kyung-Hee University in Seoul, he has redefined the elements of sculptural works. In making a collage of time that has been transformed into an organic form, Choi uses a plasma torching technique where he cuts and welds not only stainless steel plates but also, the cumulative nature of time. The incalculable numbers of the tiny holes on the surface of the work reveal an intensity between the artist's intention and the unruly nature of the material. Choi Tae Hoo has participated in numerous international solo and group biennale shows in Asia, Europe and the United States. He was awarded the Artist of the Year award in 2012 and in 2006 at different shows.

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