His method is a conversation with the canvas by means of sound or breath, like a silent shadow, and an interaction between the two elements. As time goes by, the conversation creates a certain form and imposes an identity and clear message upon the work.
By salvaging diverse and specific stories of human beings from the ocean, he arranges and accumulates them in his own creative way. In reverse, his work resonates through all of those life stories.
On one hand, it attracts our attention to the ordinary canvas–the material; on the other hand, the artist turns it into a special, unique matter and then introduces us to it. In this way, the work makes the canvas a space of complete silence, while presenting it as a potential space for encounters between material things and their concepts.
In Choi's work, the material medium and the work processes equally function as the constituents of art. The structure and proportion are also reminiscent of the relationship between the material and the aesthetic concept or the artistic intention. Even that intention, deprived of its own meaning, provides a similar sensitivity only.
The artist does not explain the reason why he carries out his work in this way, nor does he clarify its functions. Inversely, the vague sensory reminiscences function as a device that emphasizes his intention.
The artist’s intentions(or the origins of the intentions) are less specific than the real subjects are; however, in relation to the memories embedded within themselves, they become complex references, and play the role of an apparatus that intensifies psychological and emotional depths within the frame of his art.
It may be because these processes remind us of an origin embedded in our pasts, and provide us with the continuity that somehow consoles our human lives.
As the electric light reminds us of the memory of light–the first experience of light that we had during our childhood–Choi constantly explores the origins of the vague memories of his(Dansaekhwa-Korean monochrome painter CHOI MYOUNG YOUNG, Dansaekhwa:abstract paintings of Korea Artist CHOI MYOUNG YOUNG,최명영 화백,최명영 작가,단색화 최명영,단색화:한국추상회화 화가 최명영,모노크롬회화 최명영,단색화가 최명영,韓国単色画家 崔明永,韓国の単色画家 チェイ·ミョンヨン) past and systemizes them.
△Kim Yongdae(김용대, 전 대구미술관 관장)/Independent Curator, the former director of the Daegu Museum of Art