Cody Choi

Kukje Gallery

WHILE THERE'S NOTHING NEW in talk of art in the computer age, or of the influence of digital imagery on visual perception and the artistic imagination, Cody Choi's exhibition “New Pictorialism—Database Painting” merits attention because of the artist's eloquent way of personalizing these themes. The exhibition consists of three parts: twenty-one “paintings” (actually vutek prints on mesh, backed with canvas); a desktop computer with an interactive software program; and a text stenciled along the gallery walls, narrating the story line behind the paintings, the personal experience from which the project derives.

Choi's previous work has been consistently intelligent—meditations on art history layered with his personal experience as a sociology student in Korea, then as an art student in California encountering Western art, and finally as a Korean artist continuing to live and work

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