Xooang Choi “Unbodied Objects”
at Doosan Gallery
Media: Drawing – Sculpture
(2017-05-18 – 2017-06-24)
Opening Reception on 2017-05-18 from 18:00 to 20:00
DOOSAN Gallery New York presents Xooang Choi’s solo exhibition, Unbodied Objects. As the artist’s first U.S. solo exhibition, Unbodied Objects showcases Choi’s sculptures and several new drawing series.
Xooang Choi raises awareness of issues that humans face in daily life through his hyper-realistic yet unreal forms of human body sculptures. Also, he explores how individuals are viewed in the society through his recent works that carry messages on how humans are becoming objectified.
One of Choi’s well-known works, The Wings (2009), is a sculpture that questions roles of the crowd and individuals in the society that emphasizes the idea of ‘being one’. Also, in Matured Material (2016), Choi uses neon pink color, which he believes to be the most artificial color, to highlight how humans are treated as if they were objects.
A Glass of Water (2017), a work that implies the insecure condition of human beings, draws out the overall theme of the exhibition. In his new drawing series, Choi continues to deal with the theme he has been experimenting in his sculptures over years. A man who is dodging a ball (2017) and Column (2017), which depict unreal conditions of human beings in abstract forms, reveal the artist’s process of fragmentation and compilation of objectified body parts.
As such, Choi’s works bring senses of disparateness and rawness to the audience, presenting visual images that are experienced more intimately than reality. The artist uses basic components of material such as color, form, surface, and dimension and draws out objectified human bodies through the means of drawing and sculpture to raise a question on how a human can be seen in today’s world.
Xooang Choi (b. 1975) received his B.F.A. and M.F.A. in Sculpture from Seoul National University. He has held solo exhibitions at Galerie Gradiva (2016, Paris, France), Musée d’Ansembourg (2014, Liège, Belgium), Space CAN & Old House (2013, Seoul, Korea), Sungkok Art Museum (2011, Seoul, Korea) and DOOSAN Gallery Seoul (2010, Seoul, Korea). He has also participated in group exhibitions at venues that include Culture Station Seoul 284 (2016, Seoul, Korea), Vestfossen of Kunstlaboratorium (2016, Vestfossen, Norway), Jewish Museum (2015, Berlin, Germany), National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul (2015, Seoul, Korea) and Gwangju Biennale (2014, Gwangju, Korea).