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Namwon Choi: 248 Miles

Aug 17, 2024 - Oct 12, 2024
12pm - 5pm

2023/2024 Working Artist Project

This round of Working Artist Projects was curated by Dr. Vivian Li, The Lupe Murchison Curator of Contemporary Art at the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA)

About the Exhibition

248 Miles is a 2024 solo exhibition of new artwork by Namwon Choi at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Georgia (MOCA GA) in Atlanta, Georgia as the culmination of her 2023 Working Artist Project Award.  The exhibition will include a series of stylistically hybrid paintings in gouache and acrylic on panel that combine photorealistic landscape depictions with abstract shapes inspired by highway signs. Each painting’s shape is inspired by familiar road signs that provide guidance and information to travelers. For the past nine years Choi, a native of Seoul, Korea, has lived in cities hours away from her children.  The landscape images in her work are not neutral but are taken from the dashboard of Choi’s car with an iPhone camera as she drives to see her loved ones.  This has given her the uniquely American experience of interstate driving for the first time, while providing suspended durations of time to consider both the freedoms and constraints of her two cultures.  This “in-betweenness” is legible in Choi’s work as it oscillates between representation and abstraction or between painting and sculpture.  A notable innovation included in this exhibition will be the first bi-lingual exhibition catalog publication in MOCA GA’s history.

About Namwon Choi

Namwon Choi was included in New Worlds: Georgia Women to Watch at Atlanta Contemporary in 2023, and has had recent solo exhibitions at Laney Contemporary in Savannah, GA; the Moss Art Center at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA; and at THE END Project Space in Atlanta, GA.  Her work has been included in exhibitions at the New York City Korean Culture Center, the Los Angeles Korean Culture Center, the Korean Cultural Center in Washington, D.C., and the B20 Wiregrass Biennial at the Wiregrass Museum in Dothan, Alabama.  She has had her work included in the Aqua art fair and Untitled art fair in Miami, FL.  Her work has been reviewed in the Washington Post, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and Frieze magazine.  She has been awarded residencies at MASS MOCA in North Adams, MA; the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in Amherst, VA; and the Hambidge Center in Rabun Gap, GA. Choi earned a BFA and MFA from Hongik University in Seoul, Korea and an MFA from Georgia State University in Atlanta. She has taught all levels of drawing and painting at the university level since 2012.

Image above – detail of: Untitled, 2024, acrylic and gouache on panels, 13″X54″X3″ by Namwon Choi.

Major funding provided by the Charles Loridans Foundation, the Antinori Foundation, and the AEC Trust, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts.