Almine Rech is pleased to announce the representation of Korean artist Choi Myoung Young in Europe, US, UK, and Asia (except Korea and Japan). The gallery will present his first solo exhibition at Almine Rech Paris, Matignon opening on September 7, 2023.
Choi often uses the expression “monotonous” to describe his works. Creating superficial space composed of regular units—by performing repetitive actions within the frame of the blank, quadrilateral canvas—can be seen as a daily act of validating existence. Thus, the “monotony” of his work is both a condition and an attitude that begets infinite variations until no component is identical. The media and actions that are either conceived or extinguished on the canvas allow boundaries to expand.
The canvas as a background no longer distinguishes or restrains art and life. Just as the body and the mind are no longer subjects for distinction, the conditional plane is now an existential “platform,” an infinite space that serves to intertwine and reveal the artist’s repetitive actions. This is precisely why Choi’s creative world is a demonstration of “controlling monotony,” something that ceaselessly flows toward infinite variations.
— Kim Hyoungmi, Curator, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea