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Basalt benches by byung hoon choi for design miami/basel 2015

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basalt benches by byung hoon choi for design miami/basel 2015

afterimage of the beginning 015-426, 2015, basalt, 62 x 366 x 69 cm.

(all images courtesy of byung hoon choi and friedman benda, photography by james harris)

 

korean designer and master craftsman byung hoon choi introduces a solo-installation at design miami/basel 2015, embodying his distinct division between the traditional characteristics of sculpture, object, and space. presented by new york-based gallery friedman benda, choi’s exhibition offers the experience of entering a place of meditation. visitors are prompted to pause and take a moment to engage and reflect on each of the pieces, forming an organic landscape that recalls a zen garden.

 

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friedman benda byung hoon choi design miami/ baselafterimage of the beginning 015-426, 2015

 

cut from singular pieces of basalt, each of the sculptural seats are monumental and complex, uniting a diverse selection of surfaces and textures. raw meets refined and smooth intersects polished to create remarkably balanced compositions. the form and configuration of the benches refer to the gestural brushstrokes of traditional ink painting, and the ancient dolmens of the choi’s native korea. the artist’s distinct mark is evident in the contrast between lightness and mass, as well as the tension between crafted and natural elements, relationships that recall the duplicity of yin and yang.

 

friedman benda byung hoon choi design miami/ baselafterimage of the beginning 015-430, 2015, basalt, 55 x 370 x 88 cm.

 

friedman benda byung hoon choi design miami/ baselafterimage of the beginning 015-430, 2015, basalt, 55 x 370 x 88 cm.

 

friedman benda byung hoon choi design miami/ baselafterimage of the beginning 015-430, 2015

 

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friedman benda byung hoon choi design miami/ baselafterimage of the beginning 015-429, 2015, basalt, 50 x 410 x 160 cm

 

friedman benda byung hoon choi design miami/ basel

afterimage of the beginning 015-428, 2015, basalt, 30 x 240 x 75 cm.

 

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