Artist Profile: U-Ram Choe from Pier 9 on Vimeo.

South Korean Choe U-Ram’s other-worldly installations are as intricate as clockwork, with his complex mechanical creations captivating and enchanting many. Also known as kinetic sculptures, the contemporary artist’s work is influenced by his family – his father was a draftsman while his grandfather designed automobiles.

A juxtaposition of organic life-forms and machinery, Choe brings his works to life with a CPU board, motor and LED lights, animating otherwise ‘dead’ materials like metal and resin. For each sculpture, he starts out at the drawing board to draft up a blueprint before starting on the actual production.

Una Lumino Callidus, 2015
Custos Cavum, 2011. Image from Singapore Art Museum
Custos Cavum, 2011. Image from Singapore Art Museum

Choe’s 2011 piece, Custos Cavum (above), won the Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation Signature Art Prize in 2014, and you can see it in-person at the Singapore Art Museum until 15 March 2015.

Unless otherwise stated, images are from Choe U-Ram’s website.

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