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Dave Choi

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"Buddha" Wood, colored hot glue, and straight pins, 60 x 19 x 12inches, 2009 (installlation view)
"Buddha" detail
"No one's sleep under so many lids", found debris, dirt, plastic skeleton models, 40 inches diameter
"Shitface", Wood, dirt, fake fur, and glass, 26 x 18 x 10 inches, 2009
"Squirrel”, chicken-wire and wood chips, (appx.) 48 x 48 x 24 inches, 2009.
Artist's Statement

“The useless is beautiful because it is less real than the useful that extends and prolongs itself, while the marvelously futile, the gloriously infinitesimal, remains where it is- doesn’t stop being what it is, lives free and independent.” F. Pessoa
In my work, I try to emphasize the importance of play and the freeness of frivolity. Without direct or strictly guided ambitions, creation is to exploit the baseness of materials in a process that liberates and allows them to nobly mutate and transform into something more fantastical than the imagination holds. The transformation of useless materials is an alchemical process of creation. When something is declared useless, it has more strive to be, making it non-complacent in the endless search for definition and meaning. One should not have expectations or a purpose in the act of true creation.


2001 MFA Mason Gross School of Arts, Rutgers University 1993 BFA Longwood College  
Selected:Exhibitions 2009 If a lion could speak we could not understand him, The Hogar Collection, Brooklyn - Solo The living and the dead, Davin Brown’s Enterprise, New York Sneak Peak, The Hogar Collection, Brooklyn Midnight Snacks, No Globe Exhibition Space, Brooklyn 2008 name no one man, 2 person show, The Hogar Collection, Brooklyn Aqua Art Fair, Miami 2007 Group exhibition, The Texas Firehouse Gallery, Long Island City 2006 Diamonds cut diamonds, Rare Gallery, New York Performance @ The Whitney Biennial with Apeshit 2005Group exhibition, The Hogar Collection, Brooklyn 2001 Thesis Show, Mason Gross School of Arts, Rutgers University Residency 2003 Vermont Studio Residency Program