Haneyl Choi explores sculpture’s formative potential as a narrative framework, yielding symbolic configurations of individuals, archetypes and sites of encounter that engage multiple visual perspectives and elicit indeterminate interpretations. The ambiguity that pervades Choi’s oeuvre informs his ongoing inquiry into sculpture’s expressive potential as both signifier and signified, and bespeaks his critical stance toward identity politics, consumer culture, normative social structures and postmodern discourse in contemporary art. These works eschew traditional logics of appearance in favor of radical visions that render alternative modes of perception and project unorthodox attitudes toward contemporary civil concerns. Through this idiosyncratic and irreverent sculptural practice, Choi implicates notions of subjectivity, superficiality and substance as contradictory elements in the expanded sculptural field.
Haneyl Choi (b.1991) received his BFA in sculpture from Seoul National University and MFA from Korea National University of Arts. He has held solo exhibitions at Commonwealth and Council (Los Angeles, 2018), sansumunhwa (Seoul, 2018) and Hapjungjigu (Seoul, 2017); his work has been included in group exhibitions at Ilmin Museum of Art (Seoul, 2020), Asia Culture Center (Gwangju, 2020), Platform-L (Seoul, 2019), National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Gwacheon, 2019), Total Museum of Contemporary Art (Seoul, 2018) and Audio Visual Pavilion (Seoul, 2017). He participated in the 10th Seoul Mediacity Biennale (Seoul, 2018) and was a resident at Seoul Art Space Geumcheon in 2019.