Choi Xoo Ang

Choi Xoo Ang shows us the realism of the human emotion frozen in an instant. The flow of life through polymer clay figures breathes the difficult reality we face today if Man does not confront the outer world. Choi personifies what he feels inside canalized by every emotion in a multidimensional way. He works through the whole body or a part, focusing on the intensity of sensation as he crystallizes life filled with so much severity and darkness. His artistic intuition suggests that Man hides behind his body but that the soul is so powerful that skin speaks a language of its own, howling when it hurts and playful when peaceful. However, when continuously fighting against society and the burden of existence, the quintessence of numbed flesh dies even though the blood flows and the heart still beats.
Born in South Korea in 1975, Choi holds a BFA (2002) and a MFA (2005) in Sculpture from the Seoul National University. His works have been exhibited in museums and galleries in Seoul such as The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Gimhae Arts Centre, Seoul Museum of Art, Gwangiu Museum of Art and the Museum of Art Seoul National University, Dukwon Gallery, Doosan Art Center, Gallery Sangsangmadang, Alternative Space Choong Jung Gak, Kwan Hoon Gallery and Gallery Espace Sol. Internationally, Choi is taking his first steps into the contemporary art world in Paris, Beijing and Singapore. The artist lives and works in Seoul, Korea.
''I've been exploring ordinary people and society they live in. The bigger and more advanced a society, the more standardized and systemized it becomes so as to more efficiently manage and control its citizens. It seems to me that most of people cannot help but adapt themselves to this society, or even be fettered by it. Such a methodical, personally affecting system is the dynamics of 'excessiveness' and 'deficiency.' It creates collision and flow, like the + and - of electrodes, and produces a loss of existence within the conflict between adaptation and maladjustment for those living within it. According to Felix Guattari's analyses of capitalism and micro-fascism, power in capitalist society seeks to make the public internalize their desire. It leads the public to spontaneous actions, which society demands they follow. Those who obey power seem influenced by something external, but a source of their energy may derive from their own desire.
My work explores the individual state both in unity and conflict, and attempts to reveal the real dynamics among society's diverse forces. I want the public to reconfirm their own capacity for self-awareness and to rediscover our active part in these relations.''


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