- Dimensions: 61”(L) x 42”(W) x 66”(H)
- Type: Unique
Town Square is a series of sculptures that imagines new ways of togetherness by addressing the relationship between physical labor and the body of the laborers. Each sculpture is made of wood scraps that are leftovers from projects that the artist, as a day time fabricator, made for other people. The leftovers become signifiers of the negative space that is created from the artist’s labor and time. These scraps not only become art materials for Choi’s sculptures but they also determine the structure of each sculpture by asserting their agency through size, shape, and materiality. Various types of small scrap pieces, which would have been thrown away otherwise, gather and hold each other to create a landscape of unforeseen togetherness.
Sawdust, another byproduct of fabrication and a health hazard to humans, also claims crucial agency in this body of work. Choi combined the hardwood sawdust that he has been collecting with materials such as incense powder and essential oil to make incense dough. Through this process, sawdust is transformed into an additive material that is able to capture indexical gestures of the artist’s body and movement in its form. This characteristic manifests and emphasizes the existence of physical labor within the work which is often hidden in perfect craftsmanship. Over the course of the exhibition, small incense sculptures will be burned for gallery visitors to inhale as an invitation to contemplate the meaning and existence of labor in our everyday lives.