Cody Choi, Venetian Rhapsody - The Power of Bluff, 2016-17. Neon, LED, Steel, Canvas, PVC. 1243 x 1033 x 111cm. Day Exhibition view at the Korean Pavilion, 57th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia. Photo by Riccardo Tosetto. Courtesy of the Artist.
In Counterbalance: The Stone and the Mountain, Cody Choi and Lee Wan, representing Korea for the 57th Venice Biennale, engage with the spawning disparity they encountered in their transnational journey to find their own identity. Current international political movements such as right-wing populism and restrictions on immigration influenced these two artists to delve into the borderless issues of glocalism. Choi came to prominence in New York art scene in the 1990s, a time of considerable turmoil in Korea. He created Venetian Rhapsody, a cluster of neon signs to critique "casino capitalism." Lee Wan comes from a younger generation, and is debuting an installation of 600 clocks engraved with the personal details of people the artist met while traveling around the world, entitled Proper Time. On view through November 26, the project was commissioned by Arts Council Korea and curated by Daehyung Lee.