U-Ram Choe, ‘SG’, 2010, bitforms gallery

Bringing the experience of stargazing indoors, U-Ram Choe's work in the exhibition Kalpa conjures galactic scale. At the exhibit's center is SG, a spiral galaxy with a three-tier swirling mass of treelike brass tendrils, resin and light. Forming a representation of the Milky Way, the motorized construction orbits an axis driven by electrical pulses.

About U-Ram Choe

Inspired by the grandeur of the physical realm, from celestial bodies to earthly organisms, U-ram Choe’s complex kinetic sculptures combine delicate, otherworldly beauty with machines, motors, and steel. Choe’s shiny biomorphic forms flutter, glow, and breathe inside their metallic bodies, appearing both familiar and entirely alien. His 2010 exhibition entitled “Kalpa” featured the artist’s realization of an awe-inspiring night sky, a cosmos made out of lights, reflective surfaces, and glimmering jewel-like resin shapes suspended in a darkened gallery space.

Korean, b. 1970, based in Seoul, Korea