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b. 1991, South Korea

Haneyl Choi Biography

Seoul-born contemporary artist Haneyl Choi produces minimalist sculptures and installations that explore the intersections of queer and Korean national identities, forging new narratives around LGBTQ visibility and culture.

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Education

Choi holds a BFA in sculpture from Seoul National University (2016) and an MFA from the Korea National University of Art (2018).

Haneyl Choi Artworks

Choi explores the non-linear narrative potential for contemporary sculpture, reconfiguring both readymade and raw materials in often humorous, lighthearted arrangements that subtly reference bodily forms and the queer experience. The artist has stated: '...as I ruminate about how the genre of sculpture has been neglected by the art world, I think about how the LGBTQ community has been largely neglected by history, too'.

Traitor's Patriotism

For his 2018 solo exhibition Traitor's Patriotism at Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles, Choi presented contemporary iterations of byung poong, a traditional Korean folding screen. Deconstructed and subverted with bright, campy colours, bulbous forms, and confounding objects, Choi's folding screens bridge the gap between LGBTQ identities and Korean nationalism.

The translucent Expanded Folding Screen (No. 4.6)_reset (2018) features amorphous outlines, and is partially obscured with a purple and green string curtain, while Expanded Folding Screen (No. 4.5)_gastrolavage (2018) is lit up with pink and blue neon lights and adorned with fluorescent volcanic rock forms, with fake grass emerging from their tops. Estranged from their traditional context and aesthetic, Choi deconstructs the function of the byung poong as dividers of space, and explores their metaphoric inclusionary and exclusionary potential by shaping the viewer's movements within the gallery.

Metal Sculptures

Choi is known for his metal sculptures. His installation From the ancient body (2021) comprised multiple minimalist metal rod forms coated in turquoise blue, bent and shaped to evoke bodies contorted in various positions.

For his 2021 presentation at Art Basel Hong Kong, Choi presented a series of abstract minimal metal sculptures, overlaid with impressions of his friends from the LGBTQ community. He stated, 'To respond to society's continuing treatment of the LGBTQ community as "abnormal", I portrayed my friends, who are living, breathing and productive, contributing members of society, as sculptures, in mundane city settings'.

Bulky

Choi's 2021 solo exhibition Bulky at Arario Museum in Seoul featured an assortment of sculptures, codified in their materials, colours, or forms. Loosely visualising the culture of gay bodybuilding, Bulky immersed the viewer in an environment of candour and material excess. Andrew Russeth described in Artforum: 'The work was a heady admixture of the spiritual and the ribald—art that encourages mischievous and expansive symbolic thinking'.

Manner

For his multisite exhibition Manner (2022), Choi presented new sculptures and installations across P21 and GALLERY2 in Seoul. On the shows, Misong Kim and Valentina Buzzi wrote for Ocula Magazine: 'Challenging standardised dichotomies of softness and rigidity, realistic and surreal, conventional and non-normative, Manner presents a rich, nuanced exploration of queer and bodily representation'.

Awards and Accolades

Choi was included in Apollo Magazine's '40 Under 40: Asia Pacific' list in 2022.

Exhibitions

Haneyl Choi has presented work in solo and group exhibitions in South Korea and the United States.

Select solo exhibitions include Manner, GALLERY2, Seoul (2022); Manner, P21, Seoul (2022); Bulky, Arario Museum, Seoul (2021); Siamese, P21, Seoul (2020); Traitor's Patriotism, Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles (2018); No Shadow Saber, Hapjungjigu, Seoul (2017).

Select group exhibitions include Fanatic Heart, Para Site, Hong Kong (2022); The Other Self, Ilmin Museum of Art, Seoul (2022); Beyond the Limits, Daegu Art Factory, Daegu (2022); After Graybox: From Collecting to Exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Art Busan (2022); Art Basel (with P21 Gallery), Hong Kong (2021); Replicas from the yesterday, tomorrow, Culture Station Seoul 284, Seoul (2021); The Middle Land: When Time Unfolds into Land, ARKO Art Center, Seoul (2021); Lau, gh-; Nothing Needs to be a Tragedy, ONE AND J. Gallery, Seoul (2021).

Website

Haneyl Choi's website can be found here.

Misong Kim | Ocula | 2023

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Overlap by Haneyl Choi contemporary artwork installation, mixed media
Haneyl Choi Overlap, 2022 Folding screen, QR code
200 x 150 cm
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Sculptural IDOL : by Haneyl Choi contemporary artwork painting, sculpture
Haneyl Choi Sculptural IDOL : <433 Three minutes, fourty-four seconds>, 2022 Steel, mirror(acrylic), Styrofoam, chrome on steel, sponge, etc
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Physically: The tower made through our elbows by Haneyl Choi contemporary artwork sculpture, drawing, installation
Haneyl Choi Physically: The tower made through our elbows, 2023 Stainless steel frame and board, urethane resin, expended polystyrene, urea resin, silicon, acrylic board, epoxy resin, LED, charcoal powder, artificial hair
180 x 280 x 220 cm
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Tae 태없이 by Haneyl Choi contemporary artwork sculpture, print, mixed media
Haneyl Choi Tae 태없이, 2022 UV print on acrylic
125 x 90 x 40 cm
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Child (daughter) by Haneyl Choi contemporary artwork sculpture
Haneyl Choi Child (daughter), 2020 Body from his daddies
136 x 110 x 90 cm
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Child (son) by Haneyl Choi contemporary artwork sculpture
Haneyl Choi Child (son), 2020 Body from his daddies
125 x 75 x 50 cm
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Child (?) by Haneyl Choi contemporary artwork sculpture
Haneyl Choi Child (?), 2020 Body from his daddies
130 x 110 x 100 cm
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