Art Fag City at the L Magazine: Dave Choi and Michael Behle at Hogar Collection

by Art Fag City on February 14, 2008 The L Magazine

Dave Choi, Titan's Revenge, mixed media, 2006Mornings and me; we aren’t the best of friends, so you’ll have to forgive a few errors prone to occur during that time. The latest example of this: Art Fag City at the L Magazine was not posted prior to leaving the house yesterday. For those of you who have missed the piece in the mag, a teaser below.

Apparently glue-gun glue comes in a variety of colors, ranging from bark brown to neon green. I know this because I probably saw the range of available stock appear within Dave Choi's monster sculptures at Hogar Collection. By layering hot glue over wire mesh and expandable foam, a green worm-like creature with plastic fur wraps itself around a tree, a pinkish horny beast humps the leg of a mannequin, and a multicolored animal with numerous heads opens all its mouths at once.

While none of these characters appears overly frightening — their viciousness more a parody of extreme thirst than aggression — they represent the seedy underbelly of the American psyche. Evoking Charlie White's Understanding Joshua, 2001, a photographic series using an alien to represent male self loathing, Choi's Littleman similarly literalizes cast-off feelings we don't act upon. Clinging desperately to a pair of mannequin legs, as if he might at any moment lose the woman, the sculpture speaks to a culture with an unquenchable desire for sex, the synthetic and anything remotely feminine.

While such hunger may not necessarily represent the malevolencethat bared teeth and drool typically suggest, the subject of morality isn't entirely avoided either. Aptly, in Untitled (Tree Dragon) a snake wraps itself around a tree with fiber-optic fruit, eliminating any temptation to harvest its plastic bounties. In this landscape, if the Garden of Eden ever existed, it has long been taken over by manmade materials and animals with oversized eyes and mouths. The result might make a viewer laugh, but it should also be reason for some reflection. After all, every common material Choi gets his hands on seems to mutate into some kind of ravenous creature.

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