Biography/Education

Born in Seoul, South Korea, the artist currently lives and works in Brooklyn. New York. Choi received her BFA from University of Washington, Seattle, WA and her MFA from American University in Washington, DC.

 

Artist Statement

Finding inspiration from the physical and metaphysical qualities of water, I paint with pigmented resin. The phenomenon and sensation of color is what ultimately drives my work. My intention is not a literal representation of natural elements. Instead, I use these references to point toward spiritual notions of purity, cleansing, and beauty.

 

And in my recent Mylar series, color illuminated by reflection, along with mylar's unpredictability of forms, whether subtle or overt, is appealing because it provides me many avenues to explore my interest in luminous color, resulting in the fusion and blurring of lines between a painting and object. Pouring thin veils of pigmented resin, floating one atop another is a method I employ to achieve that "perfect pitch" or resonance, like a note on a scale. Often sanding in between layers is necessary to reduce the intensity of color or mass of the epoxy.

 

The reflective Mylar magnifies color and creates a virtual space by bouncing light back to the viewer depending on the intensity of light passing through the resin; doubling the effect and luminosity. The result is a metaphysical collapse and paradoxical expansion of space into a single moment. Similar to a hologram, the illusion of three dimensional space is not clearly defined, instead it shifts as a myriad of volumes, distorted by viewing the painting from different angles. This "inner reality" seemingly expands or contracts as the viewer moves around the work, fusing the internal with the external.

 

The process of selecting colors and parameters of my work is balanced by the quick decisions necessary when working with resin. Since the material dries quickly, the medium stimulates an impulsive drive, facilitating an intuitive response that flows from within and becomes an innate response with no predetermined end.

Artist CV

SElECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2017      As Above So Below, Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, NY
2014      Ambient Pressure, Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, NY
2011      Recent Paintings, Pushing Paint, Brooklyn, NY
2001      Galerie des Kulturburos, Zurich Switzerland
1999      Galerie Karrer, Zurich Switzerland
1997      Recent Work, Millport Conservancy & Gallery, Lititz, PA

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2017      Red Matters, Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ
2016      Layer Up, Amy Simon Fine Art, Westport, CT
              Summer Breeze, Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, NY
2015      Vibrations, Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, NY
2014      Pouring It On, University Of Mass, Amherst, MA
2013      Catch As Catch Can, Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, NY
              Faculty Exhibition, National Academy School and Museum, New York, NY
              Summer Rotation, Amy Simon Fine Art,, Westport, CT
2012      Surface Tension, Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, NY
              Summer Rotation, Amy Simon Fine Art, Westport, CT
2011      Mic-Check, Sideshow Gallery, Williamsburg, NY
2010      Small Works, 440 Galllery, Brooklyn, NY
2004      Galerie Commercio, Zurich, Switzerland
2003      Spazio Fine Art, Mathias Plutschow, Zurich, Switzerland
              Ausstelungsraum 25, Zurich, Switzerland
              Monchhof Galerie Wehrli, Kilchberg, Zurich, Switzerland
2002      Peter Noser, Swissca, Zurich, Switzerland
              Monchhof Galerie Wehrli, Kilchberg, Zurich, Switzerland
2000      Seven, D.U.M.B.O. Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY
1999      American University Master of Fine Arts, Duncan & Miller Gallery, Washington, D.C.
1998      Neue Bilder, Galerie Karrer, Zurich, Switzerland
1998      Reed, Smith, Shaw & McClay, Washington, D.C.
1998      Strictly Painting, Emerson Gallery, McLean Project ForThe Arts,
              Virginia Commission For National Endowment For The Arts
1997      Print, Watkins Gallery, Washington, D.C., National Society Of Arts & Letters

 

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