Wonjung Choi believes that life is full of contradictions, especially what we define as certainty. Things that seem certain and true one day may later turn out to be the opposite.

Despite the vast differences in culture, society and language, the common denominator of all human beings is the body. Among the many parts of the body, the bones can be considered to be the most definite and certain in structure and form. From this form of the human skeleton Wonjung Choi makes uncertain images. Her search for certainty has led her back to instability. Viewing these skeletal structures brings up thoughts of evolution and the changes that occur to the body over time. In her newer work, she uses the bone structure of animals and incorporates images of the evolution of animals. She relates these images to her personal process of evolving into a new situation and becoming accustomed to a new culture. “I’ve been interested in mixing different images. For example, I mixed “Dinosaur” and “Butterfly” or “Fish” and “Feather.” My images are coming from fossils in evolution books,” Comments Choi.

Fish + Feather
Using sheets of transparent plastic, hot glue and fishing line in a 15x10x18 ft studio, she creates a school of fish, juxtaposed with feathers, swimming into a corner. There are 22 sets, each 4 layers with two fish and two feathers. Using halogen spotlights, the transparent sculpture casts mysterious and magical shadows. The fish represent Eastern culture, while the feathers represent Western culture. My position within the work lies between these elements. Because of the way the work is created, the lighting, physical materials and shadow all take on the same weight. This serves to represent the artist’s ambiguous position within the cultural atmosphere.

“While my previous work detailed my cultural struggle from butterfly in Korea to the linguistic equivalent of a dinosaur in this country, my current work reflects an increase of adaptation in transition. There is a seeming contradiction in how two-dimensional objects are used to create a three dimensional space”, notes Ms. Choi.

The physical result invokes transparency and weightlessness. The result is both solid and ephemeral.


Born in Korea  

EDUCATION
2004    Master of Fine Arts in Fine Art, School of Visual Arts, New York, USA           
2002    Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture, Hong-ik University, Seoul, Korea               
2000    Bachelor of Fine Art in sculpture, Hong-ik University, Seoul, Korea              

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2013   Extraordinary + Ordinary, Mixed Green gallery, New York, USA
2012   Convergence, Kwangju arts foundation, Kwangju, Korea
2009   Mindless Particles, H.P.FRANCE GALLERY in Marunouchi, Tokyo, Japan
2008   WonJung Choi, Real Art Ways, CT, USA
2006   Exodus of Dinosaur, PH Gallery, New York, USA

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2017   Blurred Diagonal line-2 person show, Capital One, Richmond, Virginia
          Steep: The Art of Tea, 108 Contemporary, Tulsa, Oklahoma
2016   Poeticizing Nature, The Surrey, New York
2015   Report & Repository, Gallery Dos, Seoul, Korea
          Meeting Point, Korean Cultural Center in Washington DC,
          FLUID, Newhouse Center for Comtemporary Art, New York
2014   Weaving Viewpoint, Space Cottonseed, Singapore
          The third print, Total Museum, Seoul, Korea
2013   Tandem Pursuits: Armor & Ichthyology, Wave Hill, New York
2011   Swarovski + Bazaar 20th anniversary project, Hearst building, New York
          Designblok, Crème de la Crème, Prague, Czech Republic
2010   DRAW”- 2 person Exhibition, Arario gallery, Seoul, Korea
2009   RED DOT Miami, Miami
          Beijing International Contemporary Art Hotel Fair, Beijing, China
          Between the border, Gwangju Museum of Art, Gwangju, Korea
          INFERNO, Watermill center, New York
          Feedback, Cuchifritos, New York
2008   Confluence of culture II, Walter Wickiser Gallery, New York
          Watermill Summer benefit, Watermill center, New York
          13th Annual open studio, AAI Artist Alliance Inc, New York
2007   AHL foundation show, Cue foundation, New York
          Live Auction in New York Auto Show, The Jacob Javits center, New York
          Confluence of culture I, Walter Wickiser Gallery, New York
          Voom-Zoo”, Watermill center, New York
          Asian Contemporary Art Fair, Pier 92, New York
          New American Talent: 22, Art house at Jones center, Texas
          Group show, Synagogue Art gallery, New York
          Art Miami, Miami, Florida
2006   Invitational Group Show 2006, Walter Wickiser Gallery, New York
          Deep Space, Bloomberg LP by Art in General, New York
          Sou-Li/ Sound, Visual Art Gallery, New York
          Red Head, LMCC, New York
2005   Ornaments, PS122 Gallery, New York
          Martini Chandelier, M at Mercer, New York
          Project 05, Islip Art Museum, New York
          Flower, Concepto Gallery, New York
          Insomniac Dreams, at M at Mercer, New York
          WONJUNG CHOI & THOMAS FRONTINI, ALL gallery, New Haven, CT
2004   Green Light, Gallery Korea in Korean Consulate General, New York
          XS-the mini work, Tattfoo Gallery, New York
          Starving Artists, Angel Orensanz Foundation, New York
          The Luggage Project, Denver International Airport, Denver
          Happy Art for a sad world, Spike Gallery, New York

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
2015   Washington Post, November 22, E4 page, Galleries, By Mark Jenkins
2013   New York Times, September 22, “Where Medieval Armor Meets the Aquatic” By Susan Hodara
          "The Jewelry" magazine, Aug., p.28, “Borneo International Beads Conference 2013, By Kim Inju
2011   Hana Bank Membership Magazine Vol.100, p.34, “One hundred Artists in Korea”
2010   MBC-tv interview, June 15th, “Culture contemplation- a feast of lines, rediscovery of drawings”
          Far East Art TV- tv interview, June 10th, “TV galley Window- Draw 2 person Exhibition”
          Art in Culture, July, p.60-63 “the Space and genre, the collapse of boundaries” by Yensim Jung
          The Korea Times, June 7th, “2 Korean artists bring American culture” by Ines Min
          Hankook Ilbo, June 7th, “the world by drawing…the mind by drawing…” by Jiwon Kim
          Weekly Hankook, June 1st, “free movement” by Insun Lee & EunHay Ki
          Yonhop News, May 31 th, “Lines made by tape, pictures made by shadow” by HeeKyungHwang
2008   Art in Culture, January 2009, p.80, Portfolio inside, Seoul, Korea
2007   The Daily Texan “Arthouse Exhibit Spotlights-New American Talent” by Minnie Pill- 7/16
          The Daily Texan “Art Exhibit serves up fresh perspective” by Naomi Rougeau- 6/19
2006   trans trend magazine Vol.81, Spring 2006, “she became to be an artist at 29 years old”
          by Chul Kang, p.86-91, Seoul, Korea
          Chosun ilbo, “WonJung Choi’s Exhibition in Bloomberg LP”, Seoul, Korea-7/25
2005   New Haven Register Art review by Judy Birke

AWARDS & GRANTS
2016  “Art Grant” From Arts Council Korea, Korea
2012  “Art Grant” From US Embassy in Seoul, Korea
2000, 2001  “MFA Scholarship Award” From Hong-Ik University, Seoul, Korea

RESIDENCY
2016-2017 Museum of Arts and Design Artist Residency program, New York
2008-2009 Artists Alliance Inc. (AAI) Residency Program, New York

BOOK
2017 “The Silver Age”-WonJung Choi by Arts Council Korea, Korea

COLLECTION
Permanent collections in Samsung (Korea), Swarovski (New York, USA),
ARCHEUS (London, UK), Voltz Clarke LLC (New York, USA)
Private collectors in New York, Florida, Maryland, Argentina and London