Studio GAAK and ForGround are please to present an exhibition of works by the internationally-recognized South Korean artist Xooang Choi. Choi was an artist in residence at Doosan Gallery, and his works have been exhibited Korea, the United States, and Europe. This exhibition, devoted to Choi’s works on paper and his surrealist sculpture, will be on view October 1st through December 31st, 2017, at 8 East 41st Street in New York City.
The common elements found in all of Choi’s works are human body, mostly exaggerated in scale: hands, heads, eyes, tongues, and ears, for example. These body parts are not utilized to create the human form, but rather a grotesque or bizarre entity. A Woman Who Was Drinking Water, 2017, one of Choi’s works on paper, he experiments with different total ranges to create an image from disordered body parts. Choi does not add meaningful accents to the final image that would create a decisive or clear meaning. Instead, this work allows the viewer to relish in the ambiguity of meaning and focus not on interpretation but the simultaneously delicate, but dramatic craftsmanship. Choi’s sculpture titled The Wing, 2009, one of his best-known works, is a grouping of hyperrealistic hands in carious poses. Places together, the individual hands turn into a wing. The viewer may see first the details of the hands or the form of the wing, which leads to a dramatic viewing experience, allowing various interpretations of the work, from the more literal to the purely symbolic.
Xooang Choi was born in 1975 in Seoul, South Korea. He studied Sculpture at Seoul National University, and received B.F.A. Choi’s work has been featured globally in many solo and group exhibitions. Gwangju Biennale selected his work, The Noise, 2007 in November 2014.