Born in 1976 and raised in Los Angeles, David Choe began his career as a school drop-out and wandering graffiti artist. In the 14 years since he self-published the graphic novel Slow Jams (1996), Choe has created a kinetic body of work as an illustrator, muralist, painter, collagist and sculptor. His potent figurative work, inspired by body art, pornography, religion, and indigenous cultures, has been described as “compellingly repulsive.”
In this closing program of the exhibition “All the Wrong Art”: Juxtapoz Magazine on Film, filmmaker Harry Kim presents his documentary Dirty Hands: The Art and Crimes of David Choe (2008). Filmed over a 10-year period, it recounts Choe’s misadventures in the Congo and Japan and charts his creative activity from the mean streets of L.A. to the executive offices of Facebook. The screening is followed by a conversation between Choe, director Harry Kim, and New York artist Ron English.
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