Choi Jeong Hwa’s work as a visual artist and founder of the Gaseum studio blurs the boundaries between art, graphic design, industrial design, and architecture. His work explores issues of accessibility in art and contemporary culture. Choi’s residency at REDCAT from 2007-2008 will culminate in a solo exhibition that will include works by invited artists and craftspeople alongside his own, challenging concepts of individual authorship and original works of art. Playing off the role of South Korea and its neighbors as the origin of the production of disposable consumer goods, Choi’s work interrogates the preciousness of unique objects in a time of mass consumption and reproduction.
Born 1961, Choi received his BFA at Hong Ik University, Seoul. Choi’s solo exhibition Believe it or Not was recently presented at Ilmin Museum, Seoul. His work has been included in the 51st Venice Biennale, 2005; the 2004 Liverpool Biennial; the 2002 and 2006 Gwangju Biennales; and the 1998 São Paulo Bienal. Choi’s work has also been exhibited at the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and Centre Pompidou, Paris. He lives and works in Seoul.