"My work is a world of geometry in which new codes of beauty are investigated"
Emerging artist David Choi is passionate about his work. Although he only graduated with a Masters of Fine Arts from the State University of New York at New Paltz two years ago, he already has worked with Alexis Bittar and been the Open Studio Artist at the Museum of Art and Design (New York City) and the Artist in Residence at the Worcester Center for Crafts (Worcester, MA). He also has exhibited his work on three continents, won numerous scholarships and awards, and been published internationally. That is a lot to accomplish in such a short period of time, especially when you add teaching assistant and instructor to his resume, but we expect much more to come.
There is a certain beauty lent to forms constructed from flat sheets. I am interested in the monotony of different planes generating a whole series of exciting structures. When creating volume I explore the interplay between negative and positive space, the juxtaposition between inside and outside, and the seamless relationship between order and chaos. I search for a visual quality that conveys a more lively appearance in which the resulting surfaces are undulated, intertwined, and creased. In the end, the work reveals itself in a rich depth of dimensionality. Viewers standing before my work literally open up their feelings towards form, balance, and surface.
David Choi’s first major recognition came in 2010 as a finalist for the NICHE Student Awards - Mixed & Miscellaneous Media. He also won a SNAG Educational Endowment Scholarship and a Bay Area Metal Arts Guild Grant. In 2011 he won the Lines into Shapes Art Competition at the Art Center of Estes Park (Colorado) and was a finalist for the Elizabeth R. Raphael Founder’s Prize at the Society of Contemporary Craft (Pittsburg).
He already has exhibited his work at the Forbes Gallery and SOFA New York, among others, as well as galleries in the Netherlands and South Korea. Recent publications include the Jewel Book, International Annual of Contemporary Jewel Art (Stichting Kunstboek) and PUSH Jewelry (Lark Crafts).