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Back in the Bay Area: David Choe's Character Assassination

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, 19 Jan 2010

One of the most diverse and prolific living artists, David Choe (Juxtapoz cover #72) combines his interest in American and Asian pop culture, graphic novels, and cityscapes to produce some of the most dynamic work seen today. Choe will grace the San Francisco Bay Area with a new solo show, Character Assassination, starting Friday, February 5th, 2010 at Fifty24SF Gallery.

His often-lewd expressions of the female form, considered offensive to some, are, in all actuality, the most raw and honest appreciation of the male/female sexual interaction. Erratic brushwork and wild compositions convey a superficial sense of anarchy and abandon while the delicate and exotic portraits betray the implied chaos, revealing a passionate love of women.

In Dave’s work, discordance and serenity exist in impossible harmony as proof to the truest constitution of life. His paintings are testament to the fact that the gritty and the perceived offensive are necessary constituents of raw beauty.

David’s disinterest in social conformity and lack of need for social approval allows him to exist in a realm of indulgence, allowing his creativity to abound unfettered. Whether he be painting murals, paintings, or quick street commentary, that raw honesty is the element that drives his work deep into the psyche of the viewer.  Truths that we as an audience are not always brave enough to admit, even to ourselves, fuels the mastery behind the work.  A subliminal stirring of still waters, his paintings are thought provoking and engaging in a way that cannot always be justified as simply, aesthetically pleasing.

A seasoned globetrotter, David Choe’s murals cover walls from his native Los Angeles to Vietnam. His intricate brush strokes and characters translate well to consumer products and he has worked with Marvel Comics, Levis and Nike. His art, photos, and writing have been featured in Giant Robot, Hustler and Vice Magazine. David Choe has also self-published comic/journals: Bruised Fruit, Cursiv and Slow Jams. Most recently, he was featured in the documentary about his work “Dirty Hands.”

Join in for the Opening Reception of David Choe’s “Character Assassination”
Friday, February 5th, 2010
Fifty24SF Gallery
248 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94117

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