Michael Joo, Sensory Meridian: Kavi Gupta | 219 N. Elizabeth St., Second Floor, Chicago, IL
Kavi Gupta presents Sensory Meridian, a multimedia exhibition of works by Michael Joo.
Three new sculptures of disincarnate body parts, alchemized from scans of historical works in the Smithsonian Archives, explore issues of representation, transmission, and transformation. The sculpture From Without features the disembodied face of Anne Sullivan, best known as the teacher and companion of Helen Keller. Present are the features Keller never saw; absent is the mind that enabled both teacher and student to transform. All One Thing features the fist of Abraham Lincoln, copied from a form originally cast on the campaign trail. What's missing is the broom handle Lincoln had to grip in order to make a fist, after reportedly shaking so many hands that he lost muscle control. The third work, All the Other, features a fragment from the sculpted arm of an ancient Greek slave. Scans have revealed that, at some point, this section of the original sculpture was repaired using a cast from an actual human arm—authenticity hidden within artifice.
An accompanying collaborative audio-visual installation fills the exhibition space with the whisperings of the voice of a social neuroscientist observing and describing human interactions that we cannot see. Designed to trigger ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian response), the quadrophonic audio illustrates the power of absent bodies to stimulate and affect bodies that are present, while the video, showing fragments of the neuroscientist's head while she's talking and graphical sound analytics, further explores disconnected presences and mediated realities.
"For me, these works deal with the origins of painting not merely as something plastic, but as fragile, frozen moments emblematic of encounters at the intersection of time, material, and process," says Joo. "It's always the marriage of meaning and material that interests me-how we get there, and what possible other avenues of meaning we might find within our expectations of and responses to objects and each other."
Sound/Video Collaborative: Ayoung Yu, Nicholas Oh, Yixuan Shao, Avishag Cohen Rodrigues, and Mitch Blummer. Featuring: Stephanie Kim, Department of Psychology, Ohio State University. Special thanks to Miya Masaoka and the Sound Art Department of Columbia University School of the Arts, the Center for New Art at William Paterson University and Roman David Brown, Smithsonian Open Access and Vince Rossi, Max Anderson, Garrett Linn, and Matt Taber.
Michael Joo is a Senior Critic in Sculpture at Yale University and teaches in the Columbia University MFA program. He received his MFA from the Yale School of Art, Yale University, New Haven, CT, in 1991, after graduating with a BFA from Washington University, St. Louis, MO, 1989. His work investigates why we perceive as we perceive, and his 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. Joo is the recipient of a Warhol Foundation Grant, Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant, and John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, among others. His work is in the permanent collections of the Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO; FNAC (Foundation National d’Art Contemporain), Paris, France; Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel; MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MA; Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden; Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Samsung Foundation for Art and Culture, Seoul, Korea; and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, among others.
Michael JooUntitled, 2020Quadrophonic multimedia installation (14 minutes, 53 seconds)Dimensions variableEdition of 3 plus 1 artist's proof
Michael JooAll One Thing, 2020Plastic 3D print11 x 15 x 10 in
27.9 x 38.1 x 25.4 cm
Michael JooFrom Without, 2020ABS 3D print with inflatable pillow.15 x 23 x 18 in
38.1 x 58.4 x 45.7 cm
Michael JooSingle Breath Transfer (Hyperpolarized), 2020Archival inkjet print24 x 32 in
61 x 81.3 cmEdition of 3 plus 1 artist's proof
Michael JooUntitled 5 (Single Breath Transfer), 2018-2019Mold-blown glass18 5/8 x 8 x 6 in
47.2 x 20.3 x 15.2 cm
Michael JooUntitled (Single Breath Transfer), 2018Mold-blown glass20 x 9 x 7 in
50.8 x 22.9 x 17.8 cm
Michael JooUntitled 1 (Single Breath Transfer), 2018-2019Mold-blown glass18 1/2 x 8 x 7 1/2 in
47 x 20.3 x 19.1 cm
Michael JooUntitled 2 (Single Breath Transfer), 2018-2019Mold-blown glass17 x 8 x 7 1/2 in
43.2 x 20.3 x 19.1 cm
Michael JooUntitled 3 (Single Breath Transfer), 2018-2019Mold-blown glass15 3/4 x 11 x 10 in
40 x 27.9 x 25.4 cm
Michael JooUntitled 4 (Single Breath Transfer), 2018-2019Mold-blown glass17 x 11 x 8 in
43.2 x 27.9 x 20.3 cm
Michael JooVarious Low Mass Stars (NY Farm Colony 1), 2018Silver nitrate and epoxy ink on canvas62 x 47 x 1 1/2 in
157.5 x 119.4 x 3.8 cm
Michael JooVarious Low Mass Stars (NY Farm Colony 2), 2018Silver nitrate and epoxy ink on canvas62 x 47 x 2 in
157.5 x 119.4 x 5.1 cm
+$1,000 to frame
In Conversation Michael Joo & Charles GainesApr 9, 2021For the next installment of In Conversation, Michael Joo and Charles Gaines will discuss Joo's exhibition Sensory Meridian and the thematic cross sections between their respective oeuvres, centering nature, transmission, and representation. The event marks the occasion of EXPO Chicago and the closing of Sensory Meridian at Kavi Gupta | Elizabeth St. Sensory Meridian features a series of new sculptures of disincarnate body parts, alchemized from scans of historical works in the Smithsonian Archives, exploring the prior mentioned issues of representation, and transmission. April 9, 3 pm CT Taking place...