Byung Hoon Choi at Friedman Benda

By Lucy

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For art and design lovers, nothing in the city can currently top In One Stroke, opening tonight at Friedman Benda.

The first United States solo-exhibition of prolific Korean artist Byung Hoon Choi, In One Stroke explores the intersection of sculpture, object, and space. Choi crafted 11 monumental “benches” chiseled from basalt stone that display raw and refined natural occurring shapes. The beauty of these pieces stems from the inherent material as well as Choi’s artistic choices and manipulations of the stone.

There is, however, much more to this work than meets the eye. The benches embody the individualities that allude to Daoist and Zen notions of journeys through nature and the awakening of dormant ideas. Choi also delves into his personal journey and cultural history, referencing the mountains of the Gangwon-do and Ganghwa provinces and in which he grew up and now resides. The pieces continue his artistic dialogue with other prominent 20th century sculptors, such Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, and Isamu Noguchi, and architects like Alvar Aalto.

Choi’s work is held in numerous collections worldwide, including: the National Museum of Contemporary Art (Korea), the Korean Culture and Art Foundation, the Vitra Design Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He was awarded the annual award from the Korean Craft Council in 1989, and in 2007, he received the Grand Prize at the Seoul Living Design Fair.

In One Stroke runs at Friedman Benda (515 W. 26th St.) from February 27-March 29. Don’t miss the chance to see Choi’s inaugural US exhibit!

In One Stroke

In One Stroke

In One Stroke

In One Stroke

In One Stroke

In One Stroke

In One Stroke

In One Stroke

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