Friday, October 12, 2012

Daehwan Cho's ABST-RED Frames the Digital World

Posted By on Fri, Oct 12, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Daewhan Chos ABST-RED blurred the line between the digital and real worlds.
  • Andrew Crisp
  • Daehwan Cho's ABST-RED blurs the line between the digital and real worlds.

For artist Daehwan Cho, the color red was a natural place to begin his new series.

"It's my favorite color," said Cho, sporting a red shirt Thursday, Oct. 11, at the opening of his exhibit, ABST-RED, at Boise State's Student Union Building.

That same shade of red joins white and inky black on each canvas. His abstract portraits include tessellated shapes, text and numbers.

Cho is also an assistant professor at Boise State, teaching classes for the Department of Communication. His exhibition includes more than a dozen pieces created entirely in the digital world. Cho said one of his goals was to play with the boundary between the digital and real worlds.

"I'm a filmmaker," said Cho. "I use technology as a tool. We live in the real world, but I play in the digital world. Which one is the reality? Nobody really knows."

The installation piece, "Life in Candles," makes that dichotomy most apparent. Four LCD screens are affixed to a wall, showing the image of a burning candle. The flames appear to flicker because of a small fan blowing air at the end of the row.

The trick works. On Thursday, after watching the candles for a few minutes, a young female viewer leaned over to blow on the digital flame.

Cho's work will remain up until Sunday, Nov. 4.

Life in Candles tricked viewers into thinking a fan interacted with digital images.
  • Andrew Crisp
  • "Life in Candles" tricked viewers into thinking a fan interacted with digital images.

Cho is also a professor at Boise State University.

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