Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Happy to announce that the Lawndale Art Center exhibition was covered on Fox news :)

Creating A New Video Art Piece at Diverse Works!

Feel free to contact me to set up a time to drop by to see what is going on, and possibly help out with making sets or puppets :)

Sunday, June 7, 2015

It's Official The Cosmic Womb's #1 band: C.S. Watson and the C.O.S. has their own bandcamp site!

Recently, I have received a number of requests from folks who have visited the exhibition ABCD atLawndale Art Center where they could access copies of Hello Song. I was so surprised and happy by all of the emails and notes in the guest book at the exhibition, I went through the copies I had of the song, and I was able to dig up a high quality wav file smile emoticon so it's official C.S. Watson and the C.O.S. have their own bandcamp page, I know putt putt is elated... happy hellos to everyone smile emoticon A huge thank you to Hondo Aguilar for his awesome support, and ability to convince me that people might actually want to have this song ^__^

To visit the Watson and the COS bandcamp site:

Friday, June 5, 2015

JooYoung Choi's "Strange Paradise" on view at Front Gallery in Houston Texas and Online!

For Cosmi-Teers who reside in Houston, Front Gallery will be open this Saturday (June 6th 2015) between 1-4pm. For friends living outside of Houston available works from "Strange Paradise" are now on view at . 

Also, A B C D • Josh Bernstein, JooYoung Choi & Lina Dib @ Lawndale Artist Studio Program Exhibition in the John M. O'Quinn Gallery (from May 8th to June 13th 2015.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Thanks For the Cosmic Knowledge

My paintings are based on an imaginary world that combines my personal story with the cultural influences of Korean and America with my love of pop culture.
This is painting titled "Thanks For the Cosmic Knowledge" we see my main character C.S. Watson, studying with her teacher named Pleasure-Vision, she is training to become the Royal Historian and Artist of the imaginary world my paintings are based within.

I am very much influenced by the paintings of Kim Ki-Chang (운보 김기창), the painting below is one I often look at as a reference for my little girls.

The style of this child is very much connected to the Japanese occupation.

Just as Korean identity was challenged during the occupation, I feel that my own identity was challenged often as a person of Korean descent who only knew that of the American culture as a child.

Furthermore my paintings reflected the search for a true self that is beyond the simple terms of merely American or Korean, but rather, an authentic self that is an indvidual mixture of experiences.

I saw that this struggle for authenticity was echoed in Kim Ki-Chang's painting.

Here, in his piece, he tries to harmonize the Japanese style of painting with the Korean hanbok and soft round faces that make Koreans so beautiful and unique.

In my painting, I have adopted his style of figure to make my little girl, but dressed her in an american dress reminiscent of Dorothy Gail's dress from the Wizard of Oz.

C.S. Watson is embraced by a spirit named Pleasure Vision who represents Visual Media. Pleasure Vision is influenced by Saek-Dong 색동 and American Cable Vision bulletin board I would stare at as a child on the community TV channel.

Together the Korean Saek-dong and the Cable Vision merge together, American and Korea, embrace the little girl who resembles Kim Ki-Chang's little girl, wearing an american icon's dress.

They harmonize together, to make something unique and special, the painting celebrates and states what I feel in my heart: that through painting one can bring together all the different fractured moments of the self into an authentic wholeness, and what else can I say but: Thanks For the Cosmic Knowledge.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Square Up + JooYoung Choi = Available Works From the C.S. Watson and the Cosmic Womb Exhibition

What do you get when you combine the following: Square Up + JooYoung Choi?

It equals:

Available Works From the C.S. Watson and the Cosmic Womb Exhibition

I am glad to announce that all available works from the exhibition currently at Richland College can now be ordered for purchase online at

 Click Here to Check Out The New Square Up Site