The essence of the world is dynamic and at the same time invisible through the shield of speculative emotions. Blue is the main colour and character of Choi’s works because it is the colour of nature and ambivalence, which best matches the notion of paradox and balance that the artist wants to express. Blue is also the primary colour of nature, signifying both sky and ocean; hope and despair; hot and cold. The universe and the earth; Ying and Yang; the beginning and the end; coexistence and balance, which all express a contradictory order and harmony, are the essence of the invisible world as envisioned by the artist.
These precise sentiments communicated through the artworks are brought about from the artist’s own questions and reflections on the concept of time, the paradoxes in life and death, flows and halts, and his observations of the tiniest things in earthly life and their subtle emotions. His linear visualizations suggest that life does not exist independently but develops as a continuous organism in close connection with others. Choi’s creation and splashes of lines collide but also harmonise with each other, ultimately in a space set and manipulated by the artist, just as the organic movement gain momentum and uninterrupted exuberance.
The artist’s usual practice is to spread the canvas on the floor, and dashes on it blue, bold oil paint strokes with brushes or spatulas that he made. His line and spaces are seemingly moving but also paused, liberated but controlled, tensed but relaxed. These overlapping translucent and fluid strokes in different shades and hues depict the time, direction and accidental factors of each stroke that generates their own meanings. Their spatial relationships and the use of moderate colours form a distinctive abstract language of the artist himself that immediately speaks his name.
As smooth and self-explanatory as Choi’s bold, blue traces of movements appear, they express and pass on a liberating and dynamic energy that cannot be defined in any one particularly way. It is in the artist’s most recent works that we see the extension of splashes of gold and red.
Choi Seung Yoon
Choi’s works are mostly blue because it best matches the notion of paradox and balance that the artist wants to express, signifying both sky and ocean; hope and despair; hot and cold. His linear visualizations suggest that life does not exist independently but develops as a continuous organism in close connection with others.