Artist Woolga Choi has created a world where smiling fish, floating eyeballs, glowing watermelons and Picasso-esque people exist in chaotic harmony like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Choi will show pieces from two bodies of work — Black XP and Play — at the Yace Gallery in Long Island City from May 31 to July 14 in an exhibition titled “Scent of Instinct.”Black XP encompasses several giant, mostly 48-by-70 inch, oil paintings that showcase prominent outlines of people surrounded by floating shapes — whereas Play is a series of paintings, much smaller in size, which features a plethora of smaller objects and animals. Oil Paintings
Choi has worked on these art pieces since 2006, but has painted in this style for the last 30 years — for 13 of those years he has lived in Manhattan. The artist’s exuberant style mixes a variety of techniques and mediums, such as scraping away paint to reveal a background color, stenciling, collaging together stickers as well as streaks of color pencil and lots of smooth oil paint.