Choi Eui-soon is a first-generation art educator and sculptor, who has continuously worked to examine the nature of sculpture. He studied at Seoul National University during the years in which its campus migrated to Busan as the Korean War broke. There, through encounters with Kim Jong-young (sculptor, 1915-1982) and Kim Tae-kwan (priest and philosopher, 1919-1990), Choi began to develop the artistic direction in sculpture and that would establish his reputation in the art world. Later, he became a professor at the same university, and has since worked with dedication both as an educator and as a practicing artist.
The sculpture of Choi Eui-soon calls attention to light, space, mass, and material, all of which are presented with a spiritual rigor that arises from Choi’s contemplation of form. He worked by covering his sculpture’s armature with a sack and applying thin s of plaster to it with his hands. Produced in this manner, his sculptures introduce a psychological space through the interaction between light and physical space. This new formal technique, along with the experimentation with materials and the unique use of light, has been considered a major milestone in the development of Korean sculpture.
Choi’s thoughts on sculpting are wide in range and elude categorization. Rather than attempting a taxonomy of activities or attitudes toward artistic production, he has produced works that focus on the causal relationship between light, space, and form, based on a deep historical understanding of sculpture, the origins of artistic creation, and its developments.
Each work begins with a creative drive stimulated by Choi’s aesthetic experience of an . Believing in the sensations that move the instinct to create as the genesis of a work’s content and form, Choi tries to produce work within 15 minutes using plaster, which doesn’t allow time for excessive detail. When the artist’s emotion and vibrancy is invested into the work in such a way, and is meanwhile based on thorough planning and insight into aesthetic form, the eloquence of the work is redoubled.
The sculpture of Choi Eui-soon itself constitutes an artistic language, a form that crystallizes the artist’s emotion at the moment of creation. The works on display mingle with light, and their form and content harmonize with the artist’s emotional landscape, inviting the audience into a meditative world that transcends space and time.
“I measure the shape, size, sound, texture, and distance of s around me by intuition, and pass through them and try to define the essence of the thing. So it is already outside its generally received form.” -Choi Eui-soon-
Choi, Eui Soon (1934 - )
currently professor emeritus at Seoul National University
BFA in Sculpture, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea
MFA in Sculpture, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea
2018 Lee Donghun Art Award Exhibition, Daejeon Museum of Art, Daejeon
2017 Special Invitational Exhibition, Kim Chongyung Museum, Seoul
2002 Korean Sculptures of Today, Moran Museum of Art, Namyangju
2016 Martyrdom and Mercy, The 150th Anniversary Exhibition of Byeongin Martyrdom, Gallery 1898, Seoul
2016 When Words Fail, HITE Collection, Seoul
2015 The Breath of Chang Ucchin, Chang Ucchin Museum of Art Yangju City, Yangju
2014 Special Exhibition for Beatification of the 124 Korean Martyrs, Gallery 1898, Seoul
2010 The 30th Anniversary Exhibition of Seoul Sculptor Society, Gongpyeong Gallery, Seoul 2005 Donghak Peasant Revolution, Dongduk Art Gallery, Seoul
2005 Invitational Exhibition of Senior Artists, Korean Fine Art Association, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul
2005 The Premiere Exhibition, WOO-Seok Hall, College of Fine Art, Seoul National University, Seoul
2004 The Meeting of Catholic and Buddhist Art, Bulil Art Museum, Seoul
2004 Looking back on the Status of Modern Korean Sculpture, Moran Museum of Art, Namyangju
2004 Declaration for peace : 100 artists from Korea and overseas, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon
2003 Korean Art Special Exhibition, Beijing International Art Biennale, China Museum of Art, Beijing
2002 The Seoul Art Exhibition, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul
2001 The Seoul Art Exhibition, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul
2000 Seoul National University in the New Millennium, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul
2017 Lee Donghun Art Award