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Rarely do we see a street artist with the skills and complexity of David Choe. Rapidly establishing himself as one of the greats of the genre, Choe is compellingly repulsive. His complex and pulchritudinous pictures, seductive, appealing and ambitious yet equally mischievous, brutal and insular demonstrate what an angry, intelligent talent can truly achieve.

Choe sculpts and paints in oils, acrylics, crayon and mixed media. His credibility as an "artist", albeit one inclined to utilise public spaces every so often, is hardly in doubt. Influences flow through comic book culture to gothic art, impressionism and the surreal. The content of Choe's work is equally complex and in contrast to the slick, succinct, populist messages of some of his contemporaries. The fictional military heroes of GI Joe wield boomboxes above Arabic slogans; hip young metropolitan ladies whisper their cruel conspiracies; seedy delights beckon from behind pretty vistas; grown men scream for ice cream; absurdist animals rope humans into their incomprehensible schemes. On the street, base, titillating, yet supposedly "tasteful" advertising becomes doctored with intestines and tribal fetishes, echoing the sensual abyss of de Sade. Picture titles include I Fuck Nerds. Equally, Choe's figurative and collage work displays sensitivity and intricacy rarely matched by Manhattan's girly fashion illustrator set. We should be grateful, not offended, by the insights into Choe's potent imagination and agenda; and the alluring, intricate slag smelted from its process of reconciliation.


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MOCAtv Artists Talk With David Choe


MOCAtv premieres Artists Talk, a new six-part series hosted by American actor, producer and artist Alia Shawkat and directed by American filmmaker, documentarian, and music video director Lance Bangs. Shawkat and Bangs take the audience on six artist studio visits, offering a glimpse into each artist's rarely seen creative space, as well as a conversation with each artist about the process behind their work. The artists featured in the series include our very own David Choe, and Marcel Dzama, FriendsWithYou, Andrew Kuo, Geoff McFetridge and Raymond Pettibon.

David Choe Visits Facebook HQ


David Choe has been making new tracks as he visits the Facebook's new headquarters in Menlo Park. Facebook-founder Mark Zuckerberg is an avid fan, and by the looks of all these white walls he has a challenge for Mr. Choe. In between designing the new cover for Vice Magazine and his commission at the FBHQ, life for David Choe is nothing short of dull.

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The Minotaur Install Has Begun


We've finally got our claws into the Old Vic Tunnels and Installation is well underway with last minute additions to the Lazarides team, David Choe and DVS1 joining Stanley Donwood on Day One. Keep posted for Steve Lazarides' photo diary over the coming days ...

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MoMA Screening Of David Choe's Dirty Hands


This Valentine's Day if you find yourself lonely and in the NYC area, treat yourself to a date with Lazarides Rathbone's one and only David Choe. This coming Monday, there will be a very special Choetastic evening at the Museum of Modern Art, NY. A screening of Harry Kim's Dirty Hands: The Art and Crimes of David Choe (2008) will be followed a discussion with Choe, Kim and the infamous Ron English.

See why Choe's hot and always ready for action at MoMA.

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David Choe And DVS Up On Leake Street


David Choe and DVS didn't restrict themselves to painting the caverns of Hell's Half Acre during their brief stay in London. Here's a few pics of the pieces they did out in Leake Street.

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