CoCA at Rubix

Featuring Bo Choi
On view: December 3-January 9
Open January 6-9, 12p-6pm

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Bo Choi is a fashion designer and innovative artist. With a primary focus in new media art and fashion design, she envisions clothes as both rendering explicit their capacity to represent the self, as well as building upon, and breaking with, past conventions in order to allow an endless refashioning of the self disallowed by the limited vocabulary of much art and fashion today. For last ten or more years, she has been known as a visual artist, a computer graphic artist and a fashion designer and has been invited to numerous shows around the world.

Bo completed her MFA 2009 in Fiber at School of art in University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Her undergraduate studies were at University of California, Davis, in Fashion Design and Studio Art. Previously, as a fashion designer, she created a fashion line that explores and transgresses the typical ways the body contour interacts with clothing. Choi's solo fashion show "Second Skin" was presented at Jacob Lawrence Gallery in University of Washington, Seattle. She was a finalist at the InspirAsain Fashion Competition, hosted by International Examiner where her wearable art line was presented at the Bell Harbor Conference Center.

Internationally Bo has presented her designs at the Wearable Art Awards in Port Moody, BC, Canada and invited to Spell on the City, The 7th Seoul International Media Art Biennale. In addition, she had a residency at Kulturprojekte, Berlin Germany and NMAR Seoul, South Korea. Currently, she teaches fashion design at Sanford-Brown College Seattle and computer graphic at North Seattle College and represented by Gallery IMA in Seattle.

Artist's Statement

Through the fashion design and fiber art practice, I examine the possibilities of communicating my ideas through performance, photography, video, weaving and sculpting in a multitude of ways. Fashion and fiber connect countless subjects and has many different applications. I utilize many methods and techniques in clothing construction and new media to develop a strong personal aesthetic. With interdisciplinary media and collaboration, I focus on people’s reactions and interactions to the appearance of others using the boundaries of today’s society. 

My work is based on a concept that explores form and movement with the human body and its covering acting dynamically in space. This approach transgresses the typical ways the body is usually contoured by clothing conforming to the natural lines of the body. I use illusions and allusions of form, texture, print and light with the goal of providing fresh vocabularies that offer new ways for wearers to present themselves. I am interested in fashion as a way to extend an individual's creative expression and/or personality. Sculpting shaped wearable, I break with past conventions much in the same spirit as Issey Miyake's exploration of geometric shapes, engineered folds and work with dancers to search for new possibilities. My curiosity and love of invention also lead me to explore lighting design. I have designed and produced a number of garments and performances for them that incorporated LED lighting with motion sensor to enliven the movement of cloth and play with shape and layering with the residency program at NMAR (New Media Art Research) in Seoul, South Korea.

In Eastern cultures, clothes are ritualistic. With my own experience of relocating to a different country, noticing ones appearance was the most definitive method of beginning to understand people - who they were or what they were about. Clothes represent aesthetic and persona. The individual connection with clothes comes from personal attachment. The choices people make when purchasing clothing bestows an identity and history upon that person. As time passes and their wardrobe accumulates they build up unique characteristics and a style all their own. Through my Second Skin, Pink Dream and Stage collections, I explore the ways in which attire is transformed by a culture. I utilized traditional tailoring techniques with plastic grocery bags in Pink Dream. Plastic grocery bags are a common item in our lives, but at the same time it is a unique item that represents where you are shopping and what you are eating. In many ways our lives are carried in grocery bags.

Much like the explorer searching beyond the next horizon, my research in creative work is focused on searching for new ways to interact with audiences and the world. I am particularly interested in interdisciplinary influences drawn from varied subjects to bring a fresh approach to my designs.  With the new technology, the ordinary choices of medium and the unconscious choices we make in society present the opportunity to transform fashion into conceptual symbolic forms.

Gallery Hours

Open Wed-Sat 12p-6p, 2nd Thursdays to 12p-9pm
Note: CoCA at Rubix will be closed December 23-January 1

Next Event

December 10, 6-9pm. Meet artist Bo Choi.
CoCA at Rubix 515 Harvard East, Seattle 
Part of Capitol Hill Art Walk. Free admission!

CoCA at Rubix located in the new Rubix Apartments on Capitol Hill, is one of our interim spaces. CoCA at Rubix will feature a variety of multi-disciplinary artists over the coming months with special events to coincide with Capitol Hill art walk, the neighborhood’s popular monthly art walk. 

 

CoCA is supported, in part, by an award from 4culture_color.jpg, Seattle Foundation, individual donors, CoCA members and our hardworking Board.

CoCA serves the Pacific Northwest as a catalyst and forum for the advancement, development, and understanding of Contemporary Art

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