WonJung Choi – “WHERE ARE YOU FROM?”
January 26 – February 19
VCUarts and the Anderson are pleased to present “WHERE ARE YOU FROM?”, an exhibition by VCUarts Art Foundation Program adjunct faculty member WonJung Choi. Choi is the recipient of the 2021 Excellence in Adjunct Research Exhibition, which includes a research and production support stipend and culminates in an exhibition at the Anderson, VCUarts’ on-campus gallery.
In “WHERE ARE YOU FROM?” Choi uses computer modeling and digital fabrication techniques to develop a radical alternative history: Positioning the prehistoric Lowenmensch (Lion Man) and Venus of Hohle Fels (Venus of Willendorf) figures as primordial ‘first parents’, Choi charts the strange morphology of a tangled, speculative family tree. Protected from evolutionary pressures, Choi’s fantastic race is free to iterate its intergenerational transformation as something like a formal exercise. And the results do not disappoint.
Riffing on the current fascination with biological ancestry—driven by readily available and widely marketed genetic testing—Choi’s fictional ‘begats’ is a suggestive counterpart to humankind’s own development. The resulting installation is as striking in its scale and physicality as it is compelling and provocative in its vision.
Choi will give an artist talk via Zoom at 12pm on Friday, February 12th. Please join us!