Artist SUNG JIN CHOI grew up in Seoul, studying fine art in Seoul and New York City. His work fuses the cultural differences between the two countries intending to leave the viewer with awareness and sensitivity for both. Sung Jin Choi's practice investigates the nature of memory through sound and kinetic objects. Front Room Gallery (147 Roebling Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York) presents a solo exhibition of works by Sung Jin Choi.
During residencies at Sculpture Space in Utica, New York and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Choi capitalized on the abundance of physical space to enact his ideas of movement, memory, and sound.
In The creator, Sung Jin Choi devises a physical space for enacting thoughts on his complex relationship with his father. These images and ideas coalesce along side themes from Choi's contemporary life as an artist in New York. Choi animates everyday tools and kitchen utensils through motion sensors. When walking into the space, tools begin to move at varying rates, a frame made of industrial foam hovers around the drawing, and is light carefully placed on different sections of the sculpture, highlighting Choi's wire-drawn interpretation of Michelangelo's The creation of Adam. The wire drawing gently vibrates with the humming of the tools and the viewer is able to view the complicated fabric of father son dynamics through the artist's lens.
SUNG JIN CHOI, The Creator
Front Room Gallery, NYC
December 12, 2008 - January 18, 2009
Previous exhibition: The Front Room Gallery’s second quadrennial Ballot Show