April 8, 2008
I don’t work at Sotheby’s and I didn’t graduate from RISD, but I do know when an artist resonates with me on a stylistic and emotional level. David Choe is one of those artists. Originally from LA, Choe is a modern day nomad…his bio says he is “currently homeless, wandering the earth.” This isn’t surprising; his work evokes a spirit of restlessness, particularly his chaotic portrayals of urban environs and the denizens that inhabit them.
The subjects of Choe’s work (captured in oils, acrylics, watercolors, pencil, sculpture or whatever else he can get his hands on) often appear pensive, even tired. It’s as if whatever they’re thinking is way deeper than you’ll ever know. I think this is what draws me to his art. At their core, cities are dark, fucked up places, yet filled with interesting characters. David Choe has clearly met a few. Check him out, you might like his work. Or you might understand what it’s like to wander around Chinatown on a sleepless night.