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Michael Behle and David Choi, Name No One Man


Hogar Collection
362 Grand Street, 718-388-5022
January 18 - March 10, 2008
Reception: Saturday, January 19, 7 - 9 PM
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The Hogar Collection is very pleased to present, name no one man, the upcoming exhibition of recent paintings and sculpture by Michael Behle and David Choi. In a palindromic way, their works exist in realms where the mysterious, yet apparent narratives, can be seemingly understood simultaneously forwards and backwards. They talk of ideas that sort of drift in limbo, frozen for our mere contemplation and amusement. In a way, they reflect a romantic notion of materiality and give a sense of a worked yet thoughtfully loose and easy hand. Both Behle and Choi readily utilize and synthesize notions of humor, the fantastical, symbiotic relationships, transfiguration and the paranormal. Wrestling with everything at all times and dealing with the pressures of the constructed outside world, their works comically produce and brush off feelings that are wrought with daily and dramatic uneasiness. They provoke, play and pay attention to the frivolity of the art-making practice, freeing themselves to create works that speak about the pleasure of existence and the importance of an open ended unknowingness. Michael Behle’s work has been recently exhibited nationally at venues such as The Contemporary Museum of Art, St. Louis, The Mitchell Museum, IL and Peter Miller gallery in Chicago among others. He currently lives and works in St. Louis, Missouri where he teaches painting and drawing.

David Choi performed at the 2006 Whitney Biennial with his band Apeshit and has exhibited his sculpture at Rare gallery in New York among other venues. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Both artists received an MFA from Rutgers University and attended The Vermont Studio Center.
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