Crow’s Shadow will host a reception with Yoonhee Choi on Friday, October 4 from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, with an informal artist talk beginning at 5:30 pm. The reception will be a great opportunity for the community to meet the visiting artist and see what has been happening in the studio. Proofs of new prints will be on display in the gallery. This event is free and open to the public.
The Golden Spot Artist-in-Residence program is funded by the generous support of The Ford Family Foundation. Golden Spot awards are granted to Oregon-based contemporary artists who have been working professionally in the field for a minimum of 7 years; at Crow’s Shadow it often allows an artist to explore a new medium with full technical assistance, producing artwork that they would not be able to accomplish otherwise.
Choi will spend two weeks at Crow’s Shadow developing limited-edition prints, which will be hand-pulled by Crow’s Shadow’s collaborative master printer, Judith Baumann, and her apprentice, Katherine Charney. Depending on the complexity of the print and the studio schedule, completing an edition often takes at least 6 months. One impression from each finished edition will enter CSIA’s permanent collection and prints will be available for purchase once they have been published.
Yoonhee Choi is a multidisciplinary artist who often uses paper and installation components in her art. Choi’s background in city planning and architecture informs her visual explorations, which include processes of reordering. Her works using everyday materials seem to reinvent items, breathing new life into found objects. The re-categorization feels both playful and analytical, such as in Best By, where she pinned hundreds of plastic bread tags, like entomological specimens, to a gallery wall. The orderly clusters of colorful squares looked mapped into place, invoking aerial views of houses or jaunty buildings. A similar methodology exists in her collages, which incorporate tiny geometric shapes cut from bits of brightly hued tape, sometimes strung together in loops and other times held in place by the implied lines of her compositions. She currently lives in Portland, Oregon, where she previously showed at Blackfish Gallery.
Choi has a Bachelor of Engineering in City Planning from Hong-ik University in Seoul, South Korea; a Master of Architecture from Yale University in New Haven, CT; and a Diploma of Fine Arts from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA. She recently completed residencies at C3:initiative in Portland and the Jordan Schnitzer Printmaking Residency at Sitka Center for Art and Ecology. She taught architecture at Portland State University from 2007-2016.