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Exhibition Detail
APEX
1219 SW Park Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97205


December 22nd, 2012 - March 31st, 2013
 
, Sang-ah ChoiSang-ah Choi
© Courtesy of the artist & Portland Art Museum
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In Korean-born Sang-Ah Choi’s densely populated, candy-colored paintings and installation works, a dark world of anime-influenced imagery meets contemporary consumer culture. She morphs images from her heritage into American icons: the deer—a Korean symbol for long life—becomes Bambi; the curved shapes of rocky outcroppings in Joseon dynasty paintings are mimicked by McDonald’s golden arches. Choi employs repeated imagery, saccharine color schemes, and graphic wallpaper-like patterns to seduce the viewer into a world that examines America’s rampant consumerism.

Choi creates an environment for APEX where brightly painted gallery walls act as a stage setting for her paintings and an intricately wrought paper pop-up diorama. The diorama chronicles a cross-country road trip taken by the artist en route to Oregon which inspired this exhibition’s theme: “All you can eat; you have no choice.” The installation gives viewers a charming yet often startlingly critical look at life in the artist’s adopted country.


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