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Yoonhee Choi, Best By

Yoonhee Choi, Best By (2015), detail, bread clips and sewing pins [Blackfish Gallery, Portland OR, Jun 2-27]

Yoonhee Choi: Trawling

Blackfish Gallery
Portland OR – Jun 2-27, 2015

Yoonhee Choi, Best By

Yoonhee Choi, Best By (2015), detail, bread clips and sewing pins [Blackfish Gallery, Portland OR, Jun 2-27]


Yoonhee Choi, b-print

Yoonhee Choi, b-print (2015), mixed media [Blackfish Gallery, Portland OR, Jun 2-27]


In 2013, Yoonhee Choi exhibited a well-received show at Blackfish Gallery in Portland, where she created a colourful and airy wall installation with common yet unexpected materials. In June, the artist returns to Blackfish, continuing her investigation, this time out with multi-coloured plastic bread clips, sewing pins and plastic bags. It is smart work, with a lyrical edge and more than a hint of play. The exhibition title Trawling refers to how the artist moves in the world as she gathers her resources with an invisible fishing net of sorts.

For her 11- by-30 foot wall piece Best By, Choi begins with a plan in the studio. However, it is in the gallery, during an installation process that takes more than 30 hours, where the project actually takes shape.

Alongside the wall installation are what appear to be more traditional 2-D abstract compositions, spare and primary. They are related to the bigger work not only by their stylish minimalism but also in their utilitarian materials, having been made with bread clips and adhesive tape arranged on a grid. The colourful tape was once used by architects in a more analog era. In multiple ways, the artist acknowledges her elegant Modernist roots.

Eva Lake


 Mon, Jun 8, 2015