Yuhee Choi

Kwanhoon Gallery, Seoul

Hideholic, a term coined by the artist Yuhee Choi, first appeared in the titles of the paintings shown in her debut solo exhibition at Gana Art Space in Seoul in 2008. The word alludes to the Korean artist’s programmatic and obsessive preoccupation with what separates the conscious from the unconscious, as she works toward accessing and visualizing the complexities of personal desires and traumas, at the same time hiding from the viewer any direct reference to the concrete events of her life. Choi’s ambitious attempts to stage pictorial psychodramas that are devoid of continuous narrative, yet whose organic and figurative elements are filled with emotional overtones, result in paintings that look decorative and playful. In these seductive works one might detect a personal predilection for harmony and finish, but after making their initial impact, the meticulously rendered forms and vivid

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