Choi Xooang is an artist who sculpts concrete bodies. This may sound somewhat banal at first, but we come to be surprised at his ability to grasp the world pathologically. Choi’s understanding of the world began with his 10-20 cm miniature figures displayed at this first solo show. These miniature figures, suffering from an expansive delusion, do not realize their relative diminutiveness, and tend to overstate their ability and situation. They have a bloated musculature, partly enlarged bodies in macho-like gestures suited for revealing such megalomaniacal symptoms. Their effort to emphasize their existence through bragging and exaggerated gestures at times seems pompous, but they are too diminutive to impact the world, despite their attempts.

Choi’s concern with society’s pathological state later moved to an interest in vegetative states those making utmost efforts in living everyday life undergo. A person in a vegetative state cannot perceive or affect his surroundings at all due to serious brain damage, although he looks like he’s breathing, laughing, weeping, and awakening himself. Choi likens an individual’s mental state intimidated by an unidentified force, to a person in a vegetative powerless state. The artist’s perception of this state is confirmed in the work titled Vegetative State displayed at his second solo show. A bare tree grows from the head of a vulnerable man who has fallen down. This work, depicting a man changing into a vegetative state, like Daphne who transformed into a laurel, appears realistic and elaborate in its finishing, through its amazing figurative imagery and the meaning of the title.”-Ki Hye-kyung, Curator of National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea

  1. tesselationpleasure reblogged this from effloresceinfinite
  2. charliewin reblogged this from hanataiyouame
  3. arelilikesapricots reblogged this from honey-in-red
  4. honey-in-red reblogged this from adrifts
  5. frau-maus reblogged this from adrifts
  6. ssaayyii reblogged this from queenmiso
  7. ahugavertlistaverk reblogged this from woluf
  8. inspiration000 reblogged this from woluf
  9. khongyeucau reblogged this from hanataiyouame
  10. clockworkgamer reblogged this from carrionrun
  11. mousetramp reblogged this from equilaterat
  12. n3l reblogged this from woluf
  13. hoy-den reblogged this from woluf
  14. fluxhzard reblogged this from woluf
  15. inspireandinfluence reblogged this from milk--teeth
  16. portoelpotorro reblogged this from le-rabeat
  17. whenthedarknessstrikes reblogged this from queenmiso
  18. kingofbeast187 reblogged this from desertionexodus
  19. queenmiso reblogged this from woluf
  20. le-rabeat reblogged this from juvenilehatespeak
  21. juvenilehatespeak reblogged this from kserif
  22. metropiia reblogged this from kserif
  23. kserif reblogged this from woluf
  24. secretdiaryofasloth reblogged this from woluf