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Byungso Choi
updated: 08/04/2011
website: gaainart.com/artist/work_view.php?no=7&name=Byungso+Choi&year=2008&exname=%C3%D6%BA%B4%BC%D2
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Portfolio Keywords:  process, repetition
 
 
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paper, ballpoint pen, pencil
2009
94.5 " x  213.4 "  x 31.9 " 
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paper, ballpoint pen, pencil
2009
94.5" x  213.4"  x 31.9" 
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paper, ballpoint pen, pencil
2009
94.5" x  213.4"  x 31.9" 
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paper, ballpoint pen, pencil
2009
94.5 " x  213.4 "  x 31.9 " 
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paper, ink, ballpoint pen, pencil
2009
7.1" x  11.4"  x 2.8" 
Nowhere by Byungso Choi
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paper, print, ballpoint pen
2009
21.7" x  31.9" 
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magazine, ball point pen,
2008
18.5" x  15"  x 3" 
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newspaper, black lead
2008
21.7" x  30.9" 
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newspaper, ballpoint pen, pencil
2008
21.5" x  31.1" 
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newspaper, pen, pencil, black lead, plate
2008
4.7 " x  17.7 " 
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magazine, ballpoint pen, pencil
2008
18.5" x  15" 
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newspaper, ink, pencil
2008
9.1" x  6.3"  x 1.4" 
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paper, ballpoint pen, pencil
2008
43.3" x  94.5" 
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2006-08
newspaper, magazine, ballpoint pen, pencil
191.3 " x  36.2 "  x 7.9 " 
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book, ballpoint pen, acrylic box
2008
12.2 " x  9.1 "  x 7.9 " 

Artist Statement

Rubbing on daily-accumulated newspapers with pencil or pen, I simultaneously cover while erasing them to a form of near oblivion.  

My newspaper monochrome works rooted from the practical avant-garde fever of Korean contemporary art in the 1970s. which was marked by the loss of subject, skepticism in reproduction and the collapse of artistic autonomy, as well as a period of deep, self-reflective awareness and doubts about the historical facts in Korea and Western Art in Korea, which unfolded with Korea’s independence and the Korean War.  

While strongly denying the beauty of Illusionism pursued on the premise of the flat, tightly stretched canvas - the model of Art in the first half of 20th century and a field of experimentation of the pure form - as well as rejecting Greenberg's theory of Formalism, what I discovered was the newspaper, the most commonly found everyday object, and drawing tools. 

They were ready-made objects that had not been contaminated by the whirlwind of Modernism’s absolute purity and taste for high art; they were objects that linked art to life, everyday and reality. 

My work, stemming from the ontological basis of the newspaper, focuses on unifying the dualistic notions of the background and surface, and surface and pigment. In the physical process of absorption, infiltration, erasure, covering, collision, friction, and action, along with the resurrection of the senses, transforms into the alchemy of consciousness, and the newspaper is transfigured into a pure solid material. 

All dualistic divisions such as emptying and filling, consciousness and sub-consciousness, mind and body, pain and pleasure, silence and screams, life and death, subject and object, and background and surface become one and fused through this process. As order and disorder, meaningful and meaningless, logical and illogical, decisiveness and indecisiveness, chaos and cosmos, and other oppositional concepts collide to approach a site of open creation, I fuse into the material of my work, becoming the flames of Prometheus, hoping to remain as the ‘absolute eye of the world’, the agent of pure awareness.

Artist Bio / CV

Byungso Choi

1943 Born in Daegu, Korea 

1974 B.F.A College of Art, Chung-Ang University, Seoul 

1985 M.F.A Gyemyung University, Daegu 

Solo Exhibition

2009     Gallery 604, Busan 

2008     Gaain Gallery, Seoul; Bongsan Culture Center, Daegu 

2006     Gallery M, Daegu 

2005     Gallery IBU, Paris 

2003     CI-GONG Gallery, Daegu 

2002     Space 129, Daegu 

1997     CI-GONG Gallery, Daegu 

1979     Muramatsu Gallery, Tokyo 

1978     Seoul Gallery, Seoul 

1975     City Library Gallery, Daegu 

Group Exhibitions 

2008     Gyub, Gallery SoSo, Hyeri; Inter-viewing Paintings, Soma Museum of Art, Seoul 

2007     From Nothingness, Culture and Art Center, Daegu 

2002     Erasion & Drawing, Shin Gallery, Cheongju; Age of   Philosophy and Aesthetics, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul 

2000     Landscape of Spirit, Gallery M, Daegu; Mix-up, Total Gallery, Seoul; A Facet of Contemporary Korean and Japanese Art, Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju 

1999     Looking at the Alchemy of an Age, Busan Museum of Modern Art, Busan 

1997     Korea-China-Japan Contemporary Art Exhibition, Culture and Arts Center, Daegu 

1996     Development of Korean Modernism, Kumho Museum, Seoul 

1981     Korean Drawing NOW, Brooklyn Museum, New York 

1980     Impact Art Festival, Kyoto Museum of Art, Kyoto 

1979     Sao Paulo Biennale, Sao Paulo 

1978     Korean : The Trend for the Past 20 Years of Contemporary Art, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul 

1977     Korean Contemporary Painting, Museum of History, Taipei; Korea : A Facet of Contemporary Art, Central Museum of Art, Tokyo 

1976-79     Ecole de Seoul, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul 

1975-79     Seoul contemporary Art Festival, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul 

1974-78      Daegu Contemporary Art Festival, Gyemyung University, Daegu

1974     Korean Experimental, Dabec Gallery, Daegu 

Public Collections

National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul

Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul

Busan Museum of Modern Art, Busan

Daejeon Museum of Art, Daejeon

Daegu Culture and Art Center, Daegu