Michael Joo, Michael Joo
04.13.2019 — 07.06.2019
Kavi Gupta is pleased to present its first solo exhibition of new work by Michael Joo.
Why do we perceive as we perceive? Michael Joo’s non-linear, almost cyclical approach to his practice, together with his combination of scientific language and research, results in work that is a documentation of process. Whether chemically treated, silver-coated or photo-based, Joo’s artwork combines a range of techniques associated with sculpture, painting, photography, and print-making. He continues to blur the boundaries between art and science through his investigation into ontology, epistemology, and entropy; creating a cross-disciplinary and multi-dimensional dialogue to engage, question, meditate and explore. By juxtaposing humanity’s various pools of knowledge and culture, Joo address-es the fluid nature of identity itself. It seems as if the artist’s intention is to achieve the unachievable: to make us see an object in real life that is barely conceivable as thought alone.
Using silver nitrate, a chemical traditionally used, in photography, the artist explores the com-pounds inherent reflective properties and ability to render visible the invisible. It allows the viewer to both be bathed in the reflected light of the work whilst physically appearing within the work itself, at once seeing the artist’s work and their response to it.
Joo is more interested in the way we perceive than in what it is we are looking at in the symbolic as well as the literal sense. The seemingly liquid and hybrid environments that Joo creates reflect his own history: born to Korean parents in the United States, a science graduate turned artist, Joo comes from a multi-cultural background with a interdisciplinary academic history. The diversity of reference and material in his work mirrors the complexity and richness, which is so typical of identity – collective and individual – in modern contemporary society. It is a complexity that Joo has experienced and been influenced by since childhood.
Michael Joo received his MFA from the Yale School of Art, Yale University, New Haven, in 1991, after graduating with a BFA from Washington University, St Louis, 1989.
Solo exhibitions include Seven Sins, Carolina Nitsch Project Room, New York, (2017); Barrier Island, SCAD Georgia, Savannah, Georgia, (2016); Perspectives: Michael Joo, Smithsonian Freer|Sackler Museum, Washington D.C., (2016); Radiohalo, Blain|Southern, London,
(2016); Drift (Bronx), The Bronx Museum of Arts, New York, (2014); Transparency Engine, SCAD Moot Gallery, Sham Shui Po HK (2014); Doppelganger, Cass Sculpture Foundation, Goodwood (2014); Michael Joo: Drift, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Connecticut (2014); Michael Joo, M Building, Art Basel Miami Beach 2013, Miami, US (2013); Exit from the House of Being, Blain|Southern, London, (2012); Galerie Marabini, Bologna, IT (2010); Anton Kern Gallery, New York, NY (2009); Michael Joo, Palm Beach Institute for Contemporary Art, Florida (2004); the South Korean Pavilion at the 49th Venice Biennale together with Do-Ho-Suh, IT (2001); White Cube, London, (1998); and Crash, Anthony D’Offay Gallery, London. (1995) -KGG.