Bringing the experience of stargazing indoors, U-Ram Choe's work in the exhibition Kalpa conjures galactic scale. Evoking the awe and wonder of nighttime skies, several flickering orbs illuminate the gallery space and surround the viewer with sparkling nebulae. Depicting a circular spiral galaxy, SG-m2 is a motorized construction of resin and treelike brass tendrils that orbit an axis driven by electrical pulses. Using celestial motion as a metaphor for spiritual discovery, Choe expresses in this work an ageless curiosity of creation and the origins of life.

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

Group Shows on Artsy

Odyssey: Navigating Nameless Seas, Singapore Art Museum (SAM), Singapore
Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation Signature Art Prize 2014, Singapore Art Museum (SAM), Singapore