TRUTH: CHOI JEONG-HWA
December 8, 2007 – February 3, 2008
Opening reception: Friday, December 7, 7 – 10pm
631 West 2nd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012 USA
Choi Jeong Hwa’s residency at REDCAT will culminate in his first solo exhibition in the U.S. in which Choi will invite artists and craftspeople to install works alongside his own–challenging concepts of individual authorship and originality in art. Inspired by the chaotic vibe of local outdoor markets, his practice playfully interrogates the preciousness of art works in a rapidly-changing, consumer-frenzied culture. For a recent exhibition at the Ilmin Museum in Seoul, the artist stacked brightly-colored plastic baskets in an interlocking, brick-like fashion to form a floor to ceiling, undulating wall that ran the gallery’s perimeter. This monumental display of cheap plastic goods not only calls attention to the beauty of mechanical processes but also the absurd excess that reconsiders art’s privileged relationship to everyday objects and experience.
Choi’s ambitious and often boisterous installations are inspired by the informal economies of exchange. For REDCAT, Choi will radically transform the gallery space and the lounge/bar of REDCAT in order to collapse the rarefied space of art and the public space of everyday life. Part of the exhibition will function as a marketplace where goods are available for sale.
Born 1961 in Seoul, Korea, Choi received a BFA at the Hong Ik University in Seoul. He has been included in the 51st Venice Biennale, 2004 Liverpool Biennial, 2002 and 2006 Gwangju Biennales, 1998 São Paulo Bienal, as well as exhibitions at the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Centre Pompidou, Paris; and Ilmin Museum, Seoul. Choi lives and works
Truth: Choi Jeong Hwa is made possible in part by the Nimoy Foundation.
Gallery hours: noon to 6pm or curtain, closed Mondays
Admission to the gallery is always free
Visit www.redcat.org or call +188.8.131.5200 for more information