Choi Young Wook

Karma20159-5

Karma20159-5

2015, mixed media on canvas,155×140cm

Karma20152-50

Karma20152-50

2015, mixed media on canvas, 155×140cm

Artist's Note


Images of Memory


My work visualises memories into images and it becomes the medium of communication. In the course of trying to 

discover my own 'self', the self becomes aware of the 'relationship' with others, bringing about a sense of 'communication'.

People know me as the artist who paints moon-jars. Actually, I am not just painting moon-jars, but I am telling you my own aspiration to want to live like the moon-jars. I have unravelled my own stories inside them and also the general attributes of human beings.

 

The work ‘Karma’ has a focal meaning in the lines of the painting. The lines don’t mean the realistic cracks on the surface of the porcelain but they are the paths upon our life journey. They crack and separate and meet again, they seem alike and different at the same time, but then they unify as one in the end. I blew the memories into them so that they don’t remain as just simple porcelains but they can become the memory of ours. Multiples of lines and traces are encrypted messages beyond time and space and we decipher the codes groping in the dark of the realm of remembrance.

 

Recall one of your own memories while looking at my paintings and lead yourselves into them. We would be encountering inside of them. I painted my own memories but they are also the stories of all of us.

Education​​

1991    B.F.A Hong Ik University (Seoul. Korea)
2000    M.F.A Hong Ik University (Seoul. Korea)

 


Solo Exhibitions
2014    25th Solo Exhibition (Soul Art Space, Busan, Korea)
2013    23rd Solo Exhibition (Gallery a-cube, Tokyo, Japan)
2012    22nd Solo Exhibition (Art issue projects.Taipei City. Taiwan)
2012    20th Solo Exhibition (Sun Contemporary. Seoul.Korea)
2011    15th Solo Exhibition (Versace aki. Seoul. Korea)
2010    13th Solo Exhibition (Yegam Gallery. New York. NY. USA )
2010    11th Solo Exhibition (Gong Gallery. Seoul. Korea)
2009    10th Solo Exhibition (ArtGate Gallery. New York. NY. USA)
2007    8th Solo Exhibition  (ANNEX Convention Center. Fukuoka. Japan)
2006    7th Solo Exhibition  (ONO Gallery. Tokyo. Japan)
2004    6th Solo Exhibition  (Seoul Art Gallery. Seoul. Korea) etc.

Group Exhibitions
2014    ‘Cultural Code’ (Springs Center of Art, Beijing, China)
2014    ‘K-P.O.P – Process, Otherness, Play’ (Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei, Taipei, Taiwan)
2013    ‘The Sounds of Korea’ (Embassy of the Republic of Korea in China, Beijing, China)
2012    LOVE,TRACES-STORY OF LIFE (Gallery Maum. N.Y. USA)
2012    Korean Zone – Mind shadowing into Things (MIA gallery.Beijing,China) 
2012    Studio Akka Group Exhibition (Studio Akka. Milano. Italia)
2012    Korean and Japanese Contemporary Art Exhibition (Jigudang Gallery. Tokyo. Japan)
2012    Korean and Bulgarian Exchange Exhibition (Sofia Municipal Gallery of Art. Bulgaria)
2012    Treasures From The Mythology (Yegam Gallery. N.Y. USA)

 

... and participated over 170 group exhibitions

Collections
España Monarchy (España) / Luxembourg Monarchy (Luxembourg) / Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (Seattle.USA) / Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelphia.USA) / NUVICOM (NJ.USA) / LG, U Plus (Seoul.Korea) / Korea Herald (Seoul.Korea) / National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea (Gwacheon. Korea) / MUDO SATIS MAGAZALARI A.S. (ISTANBUL. TURKIYE) / Korean Air (Seoul.Korea) etc