Whistle is pleased to present 1,056 Hours, an exhibition by graphic design duo Sulki and Min from 11 September to 24 October 2020. This exhibition features a selection of new and recent video works.
Graphic designers Choi Sulki and Choi Sung Min work together across a wide variety of fields and mediums, collaborating in design, publication, and exhibitions. Sulki and Min work primarily with institutions and clients in the cultural sector, creating visual identities with a distinctive typographical sense. In both art and design, their work explores the relationship between image and language, often focusing on repetition, change and rhythm. Similarly, the recent increased importance of the moving image in design and art is reflected as a natural development in their continued extension from typography and graphic design into media-based work.
In this exhibition, Sulki and Min take a different approach to the medium, as both artists and designers. They put a twist on the idea of the medium of 'time art,' video, and propose a fresh analysis of it. For instance, the title 1,056 Hours indicates the show's duration. Exemplified in the work Time Out (2020), this 'motion' picture barely moves, counting the piece's hours on display throughout its 44-day 'running' time. Their interest in tweaking notions of time media continues in Materials, wherein a blurred list of art materials and mediums moves so slowly and is so obscured that the continuous changes in text are nearly imperceptible.
Change, and its effects in relation to time, remains a constant in other works on display. Transitions shows nineteen different ways the screen fades from white to black using the slide change effects provided by Apple Keynote software. Book of Chances, 4th Edition generates endless permutations of composite pages distilled from publications designed by Sulki and Min. Seemingly endless, the installation work Very Very was made from specially produced packing tape with the words 'very very' and their Korean equivalent printed on the roll. As the tape is pulled, the word is repeated, and as time stretches on, its own rhythm is created. Sometimes hidden in plain sight, Sulki and Min's work in art and design carries with it this subtle playfulness and unpredictability.
Choi Sulki and Choi Sung Min received their MFA degrees in Graphic Design from Yale University, and are currently active in Seoul. They have held solo and duo exhibitions, namely at Perigee Gallery (2017, Seoul), Song Bok-eun Foundation (2016, Seoul), The Moravian Gallery in Brno (2014, Czech Republic). Sulki and Min have participated in a number of group exhibitions and biennales around the world at institutions such as Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York; Musée des Art Decoratifs, Paris; National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul; and more. Choi Sulki teaches at Kaywon School of Art and Design, and Choi Sung Min at the University of Seoul.
Press release courtesy Whistle.