David Choe

December 26, 2010

So David Choe still blows my mind. He’s got a book out now too that’s pretty rad. It’s called “David Choe.” Check it out.

Happy Thanksgiving

November 28, 2008

David Choe

October 23, 2008

A couple David Choe pieces I’ve always liked. Nothing more.

Many of the art galleries in Chelsea can be intimidating. Some make you feel out of place if you’re not stroking your chin saying weird things like “delightful,” while others make it unclear whether an item is “art” or a piece of furniture. My favorite gallery, and one where the things on the wall are definitely art, is Jonathan LeVine on West 20th.

Curated by its namesake, the Jonathan LeVine gallery moved to NYC in 2005 from Philadelphia, where it had been known as Tin Man Alley Gallery. Carrying on its reputation in Philly for being an epicenter of underground and urban art, Jonathan LeVine showcases work by both new and established artists in the realms of graffiti, pop and street art. Thus far, I’ve seen “E Pluribus Venom,” an exhibition by Shepard Fairey (see photo), founder of the now-ubiquitous Obey entity, and “The Streets of Europe,” which highlighted work by Blek Le Rat, Blu, D*Face and others. Jonathan LeVine has also hosted exhibitions by the likes of David Choe, Jeff Soto, Doze Green and Dalek, all of which I regrettably missed out on.

If you find yourself with nothing to do on a Saturday, roll on over to Jonathan LeVine. The vibe is chill and the staff knowledgeable and friendly. Who knows, you might just catch the next Banksy…just don’t expect any wine and cheese…

Peep the website

David Choe

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.