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Woo CHOI
​최우 崔宇

Republic of Korea 




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Woo Choi

-Spread your wings-

The best thing in this world is only good will. If there is another world, the best thing in it is only good will.

(Immanuel Kant)

 

For writer Choi Woo, the truth of life is simple. To live a good life and never lose hope. In the past, when people resisted by denying the dark side, they did not know this fact. the author says I see my life wandering endlessly chasing hope in a rainbow that disappears like an illusion and a candle that melts to the end in danger. As Kant said, the artist does not know whether he is trying to put good will in his work.

 

The title of this exhibition is Spread Your Wings. He has been living a difficult life economically and physically, not receiving public attention. This year, collectors' interest is starting to pour in. Now it spreads its wings in earnest and soars. The artist puts dreams and hopes in his work. Isn't the purpose of art to give rest and comfort to those who are living a weary and difficult life?

 

The first impression the work gives is simple and warm. The second feeling is that imagination is fun. The third feeling is fresh. The artist finds the idea of ​​a work in the unfamiliar, the unestablished, and the impossible. Forms range from the imagination of children to the thinking skills of adults, colors from the weight of oil to the simplicity of removing oil, and content from profoundness to lightness.

 

The first chapter of the introduction to Buddhism begins with the sentence Life is suffering. It does not start with pessimism, but rather faces life itself. For the artist, art may not be to show others, but to comfort himself.

 

someone says The heavier the burden in life, the better. The more people grow, the more they grow. For the artist, life from his 20s to his mid-30s was a series of economic difficulties. Through a difficult life, the only way out of my mind was through art. It was because I was able to get away from suffering and difficulties even for a moment as long as I concentrated on my work.

 

41 pieces of art are placed unpacked in a small exhibition hall. The writer conducts Diffie. At the entrance, works from the dark and heavy drawing series of the past are placed. Heavy works seek coexistence with warm works. As if the cold winter has passed and the warm spring has come.

 

Collect and arrange works from different series. Heaviness and lightness, darkness and light, depth and joy, detail and simplicity coexist in one space. By coexisting the relative concepts of Zhangzi, viewers can enjoy the appreciation according to their own tastes.

 

The title of the work seems to suggest the artist's psychological state, such as Journey to Find Me, the North Star, Pirates, Shoot the Stars, Dreamers, Mercy, Can I Fly, Insomnia, etc. the author exclaims. The darkness ensnares me endlessly. I hate the dark so I work. I draw birds not because I like them, but because I don't have wings. The artist freely crosses the border between artistry and popularity like a bird.

 

Various symbols appear in the work. Animals, nature, and objects are expressed together with humans in each painting. The person who appears in the work is the artist's inner self. Candles are hope, birds are free souls, trees and flowers are warm hearts. The stars, the moon, and the rainbow are things that anyone can enjoy, but they are beautiful virtual images of moments that no one can have, and they are the shape of our lives as airborne and airborne.

 

A winged lion is his confidence in art, a shark's sharp teeth are his relentless efforts for achievement, and his horse is the artist's present, who runs while bearing the weight of life. We hope to coexist peacefully with all living things from the sky to the sea. The artist even compares life to a candle. Just as the candle that used to light the darkness by burning one's body eventually disappears, there is also the idea that all things on earth are finite.

 

See the precarious candle burning in the air of the moment. Look at the beast that breathes wildly in the morning. Look at those grass and wildflowers that have been created for no reason. Follow the time of the moon and the sun and the stars and look at the birds that fly high up there, the artist whispers in a low voice.

 
 

Solo Exhibitions

2021 ‘spread your wings’ (ARTSAPCE H,seoul)

2021 ‘it's not here‘ (gallery coop, seoul)

2018 ‘ugly duckling’ (gallery coop, seoul)

Group Exhibition 

2022 One Art Taipei (Tapei, Taiwan)

2021 KIAF-artspace h (COEX,seoul)

2021 daegu art fair-artspace h/gallery soo (EXCO,daegu)

2021 URBAN BREAK-artsape h (COEX,seoul)

2021 BAMA ART FAIR-artspace h (BEXCO,busan)

2021 -plastic art seoul-artspace h (COEX,seoul)

2021 galleries art fair-artsapce h (COEX,seoul)

2018 Luxembourg ART FAIR (ARTSKOCO,Luxembourg)

2018 Korea contemporary (ARTSKOCO,Brussels Belgium)

2018 THE REVELATION `The Message of God' (Gandhi Art Gallery,New Delhi India) -2016 Artist talk show Minol (BEXCO,busan)

2016 OSTEN BIENNIAL of DRAWING Skopje

2016 (Osten Gallery,Macedonia)

2016 Wopart drawing art fair (Lugano,Switzerland)

2016 C.O.A.F art fair (BEXCO,busan)

2016 Collective Program April (MAD gallery,Italy)

2015 Divine intervention (Christina art gallery,India)

2015 MF,HUSAIN of India (Herwitz Gallery,India)