Choi Nari

Artist Statement

My work expresses the desire that comes out of individuals and their relationships with others. And I symbolize various facets of our contemporaries by combining their tastes and visions of everyday experiences.

The characteristic images in my paintings derived from mayonnaise and tomato ketchup tubes are symbolic codes of men and women, and tell their stories in their own ways. The contrasting characteristics of the two sauces, such as colors, flavors, angular and circular shapes squeezed through the tubes, represent my dichotomous viewpoint toward men and women. They depict metaphorically human mind and curiosities about others, and sometimes reveals distorted desires and cravings.

My work first started by visualizing the confrontation and relationship between men and women, and then moved on to pictorializing various human desires covering quintessential ones like appetites for social or sexual desire and self-realization. In that context, my works titled ‘Every moment of you’, ‘Take it!’, ‘Garden of desire’, ‘Conversation needed!’ show the inner side and appearance of modern people in various ways.

The distinct feature of my paintings are represented by colors, shapes and lines. In my early days, based on the social stereotype of color code, I used blue for men and pink for women. But as I widened the subject of my work from fragmentary questions about gender to general questions about human, I began to focus on wider desire of contemporary people and use more diverse colors than before. Black lines in my paintings wrap up many different emotions of people painted in a variety of colors. The ways that colors are painted and the black lines used in my works emphasize symbolic associations among all the characters and connect various colors into one entity. This has become an important style in my practice.

Recent my works symbolically represent my experiences in this world and ask viewers questions about their attitude toward life. I hope that my work would be a pleasurable journey to find various desires in human lives.

그림41.jpg

송민호 콜라보레이션

2021, acrylic on canvas, 90.9 x 72.7 cm

그림42.jpg

Onim

2021, acrylic on canvas, 90.9 x 72.7 cm

그림43.jpg

Garden of Desire

2021, acrylic on canvas 130x162cm

그림45.jpg

Sexy Mayo

2021, acrylic & oil on canvas,45.5 x 53 cm

그림44.jpg

Sexy Mayo

2021, acrylic & oil on canvas,45.5 x 53 cm

Choi Nari_Danse Macabre_2019.jpg

Danse Macabre

2019, Acrylic on canvas, 194X130.3cm

Danse Macabre-1  acrylic on canvas 80.3x100cm 2020.jpg

Danse Macabre-1

2020, Acrylic on canvas, 100X80.3cm

Choi Nari_I Will Wait For You_2017.jpg

I Will Wait For You

2017, Acrylic & Oil on canvas, 112X146cm

Choi Nari_the pleasure of NO WAY OUT_2017.jpg

The pleasure of NO WAY OUT

2017, Acrylic & Oil on canvas, 112X146cm

Choi Nari_One two, one two_2017.jpg

One two, one two

2017, Acrylic & Oil on canvas, 73X61cm

Artist Biography

Born in 1983, Republic of Korea
Lives and works in Korea

Education

2009        MFA in Department of Western Painting, Sungshin Women’s University, Seoul, South Korea
2007
        BFA in Department of Western Painting, Sungshin Women’s University, Seoul, South Korea
 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2021        Light My Fire, Artro Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
2020
        Light My Fire, Songmiyoung Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
2020
        Bihaeng-gi, ILWY Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
2020
        Colored Shadow, Space H&H, Seoul, South Korea
2019
        The Shape of Water, Moon Space Star Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
2019
        Color's Dance, Surface Studio Seoul, Seoul, South Korea
2017
        Two tickets, please, Brown Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
2016
        Every Moment, Kiss Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
2014
        Every Moment, E-Land Space, Seoul, South Korea
2012
        Take it!, Santorini Seoul, Seoul, South Korea
2011
        Garden of Desire, E-LAND Space, Seoul, South Korea
2009
        Mato & Mayo encounter ‘between the’ or ‘relationships’, Gallery is, Seoul, South Korea
 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2021        SEOULLO MEDIA CANVAS 2021, Galley Pakyoung, Seoul, South Korea
2020
        Super Collection, Superior Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
2020
        Black Line, Gallery Eugene Carpenter Shop, Seoul, South Korea
2019
        Korean Art Support Project, Hangaram Art Museum, Seoul, South Korea
2019
        New Year's Eve, Art Space Hoseo, Seoul, South Korea
2018
        Seeing Women, Art1: New Museum, Jakarta, Indonesia
2017
        Sense and Sensibility, Kuandu Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
2017
        Animamix Biennale, Art1: New Museum, Jakarta, Indonesia 
2016
        Persona, AYA (Art Core Brown) & Lebresson, Seoul, South Korea
2015
        New Sensation, Hangaram Art Museum, Seoul, South Korea
2015
        To Empathy - Hangeul, Gwanghwamun Plaza, Seoul, South Korea
2015
        FLAT IS DEEP, Naver Green Factory 2F Connect Hall, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
2014
        12_twelve, Beyond Museum, Seoul, South Korea
2013
        Poems of Hearts Korean Contemporary Female Art, Da Xiang Art Space, Taiwan
2012
        Seoul Contemporary Art Star Festival, Hangaram Art Museum, Seoul, South Korea
2012
        Brand New - Wall & Window Painting, UNC Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
2011
        Poems of Hearts Korean Contemporary Female Art, Da Xiang Art Space, Taiwan
2010
        The Spectrum of Pure Harmony, Providence University Art Center, Taiwan
2009
        Weak Painting, Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts & Da Xiang Art Space, Taipei & Taichung, Taiwan
2009
        Art Road 77 - with art, with artist!, 93 Museum, Heyri, South Korea
2009
        Bluedot Asia 2009, Seoul Arts Center - Hangaram Art Museum, Seoul, South Korea

Public Collections

National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA), Seoul, South Korea
Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
ELAND Foundation for the Arts & Culture, Seoul, South Korea 
Hana Bank, Seoul, South Korea
Hotel Leo, Jeju, South Korea
Hotel Kensington, Seoul, South Korea