Jung Hee Choi


Studio View


Ahata Anahata, Manifest Unmanifest II

Thursday - Sunday, September 3rd - 12th, 2009, 6 pm - Midnight
EXTENDED: Thursday, Friday, & Saturday: September 17th, 18th, & 19th: 6pm - Midnight


MELA Foundation Dream House

275 Church Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY  10013

Between Franklin & White Streets in Tribeca

212-219-3019 or 212-925-8270


MELA Foundation's Studio View presentation of Jung Hee Choi’s recent works, Ahata Anahata, Manifest Unmanifest II, has been extended for one additional week.  The exhibition will be open Thursday through Saturday, September 17 – 19, 2009, from 6 pm to midnight, in the MELA Dream House, 275 Church Street, 3rd floor, New York.  Ahata Anahata, Manifest Unmanifest II features three multimedia installations, a series of drawings, videos and a sound environment including her new installation work Composition 2009 #1 created with needlepoint drawings on black wrap with video. Viewers experience the drawings as indiscernibly moving light from video projection glowing through the pinholes creating abstract and analogous representation of Manifest Unmanifest.

In a further expansion of the concept of Ahata Anahata, Manifest Unmanifest presented at Tompkins Square Gallery in 2007, this show illuminates various aspects of Choi’s works and their relationships across different media.

Choi has written, “It is especially meaningful for me to show my works in the Dream House space because my work has evolved from the visionary inspiration of La Monte and Marian.  With this exhibition audiences may experience their concept of eternity taking a form of ephemeral presence that is infinitely variable while flowing from the principles they have delineated.“  

The reopening of Dream House, the collaborative Sound and Light Environment by La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela, has been postponed to Thursday, September 24, 2009 from 2 pm to Midnight, continuing for the 2009/10 season on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 2 pm to Midnight.  Please call 212-925-8270 or email mail@melafoundation.org for more information. 


Jung Hee Choi Works:

Tonecycle Base 65 Hz, 2:3:7, 2007, sound environment:  the linear superposition of 36 sine wave frequencies set in ratios based on the harmonics 2, 3 and 7 imperceptibly ascending toward fixed frequencies and then descending toward the starting frequencies, infinitely revolving as in circles, in parallel and various rates of similar motion to create continuous slow phase shifts with long beat cycles
RICE, 1999-2009, variable dimensions, multi-channel video installation
Composition 2006 #3 (Spirit), 2006, 60 x 72 in., mixed media: drawing and video

Composition 2009 #1, 2009, variable dimensions; mixed media: Needlepoint Drawing #1 (36 x 46 inches) Needlepoint Drawing #2 (36 x 30 inches), black wrap with pinholes, translucent paper, video

AUM (incense calligraphy), 2008, 39'09", video

Color (CNN), 2009, 21'23", video
Composition 2006 #2, 2006, 20 x 24 in.
Composition 2008 #1, 2008, 18 x 24 in.
Composition 2008 #2, 2008, 18 x 24 in.
Composition 2008 #4, 2008, 18 x 24 in.
Composition 2008 #5, 2008, 24 x 36 in.


Jung Hee Choi has worked in a variety of contemporary media:  in painting, drawing, video, photography, sculpture, sound and multi-media installations, including several solo and group shows in the U.S., Europe and Asia.  Utilizing both traditional and highly experimental techniques, Choi’s vision has led to the development of a unique artistic language.  Ancient and universal themes inform her work in a process of assessing and defining the nature of reality. Her inquiry focuses on how we perceive being and consciousness, and ultimately, how ideas representing the interaction of opposites intertwine with one another.  This pursuit directed Choi toward television as a medium of expression.  In 1997, she began to cablecast her video works on Television Art, MNN, exploring television as a process of communication and, more specifically, how ultra-ultra high frequency becomes visible phenomena evolving from the mixture of mind and camera, to attain an instantaneous reaction from a broad spectrum of viewers.

Choi graduated summa cum laude from New York University.  She was a founding producer and director for Mantra TV, a cable and webcast vehicle for advanced arts in New York City and Korea from 1998 to 2006.  Her programs featured original works of art, music, dance, experimental film, and discussions of the creative processes of art, music, and performance.  Choi was curator of Syn‑Aesthetics, the Media Mavericks 1st Experimental Film Festival 2006. She was co-curator of KUEIP 2007 and 2008 (KU Exhibition of International Professors, Seoul, Korea).  Choi received The Experimental Television Center’s Finishing Funds 2006 award, supported by the Electronic Media and Film Program at the New York State Council on the Arts.

 In 1999, Choi became a disciple of La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela in the study of music and art, with the classical Kirana tradition gandha bandh red-thread ceremony in 2003.  In 2002 she became a founding member of The Just Alap Raga Ensemble and has performed as vocalist in every concert.  Since 2007 Choi has been a teaching assistant at the Kirana Center and became an instructor in 2008.  Choi has collaborated with Young and Zazeela to produce long-term video documentation of their lives and work, including the Dream House and affiliated events.  For the La Monte Young  Marian Zazeela and The Just Alap Raga Ensemble long-term video installation of "05 II 05 PM NYC" Raga Sundara, ektal vilampit khayal set in Raga Yaman Kalyan at the Kunst im Regenbogenstadl Dream House, Polling, Germany, Choi was both video director and video mastering producer, as well as a vocalist in the Ensemble.  Choi also directed the video of the March 21, 2009 Just Alap Raga Ensemble concert from the Guggenheim Dream House, featuring Young, Zazeela, Jung Hee Choi and Da’ud Constant, voices; Jon Catler, sustainer electric guitar; Charles Curtis, cello; and Naren Budhkar, tabla, which has now been installed permanently at Kunst im Regenbogenstadl, Polling, Germany from the opening of their 2009 season, replacing the video of the 2005 Raga Sundara performance.

Choi presented RICE, a video sound performance and installation in a setting of Marian Zazeela’s Imagic Light environment in the MELA Dream House in May--June 2003, and in October--November 2005 as a part of the La Monte Young 70th birthday celebration.  The 2003 presentation was chosen as one of The 10 Best of 2003 in the December Artforum.  Chrissie Iles wrote, “This video-sound work was presented in May at Dream House, the permanent installation of La Monte Young’s eternal music and Marian Zazeela’s magenta lights, and one of Dia founder Heiner Friedrich’s great legacies.  A hypnotic projection of rotating mandalic forms radiated out from Zazeela’s magenta color field like silent fireworks, while the sound of Choi tracing a circle around the top of an overturned cooking pot with a rice paddle created a single repeating tone that resonated deep in the solar plexus.”  On March 28, 2009, Choi presented a live video sound performance and installation of RICE with Composition in the style of La Monte Young’s 1960 sustained friction sounds in a setting of Marian Zazeela Imagic Light II in the Young / Zazeela Dream House at the Guggenheim Museum as part of The Third Mind Live series.

Her three-week solo drawings, video, sound installation, Ahata Anahata, The manifest The unmanifest, As a wheel that is one-rimmed and threefold with one-hundred and one spokes and where the illusion of the one springs from the other two, was presented in April, 2007 at New York’s Tompkins Square Gallery.  Choi presented two films in FRESH 2007, a festival of international video art and short films, CODE, Bangkok, Thailand, and video sound installations at Chuncheon International Mime Festival 2007 and 2008, Chuncheon, Korea.  Choi’s drawing video sound installations were exhibited in Asian Contemporary Art Fair, New York in November 2008 and Art Asia Miami in December 2008.