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Busan Biennale 2020


KOO Jeong A KOO Jeong A

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관리자 2020-09-05 15:10

Lives and works everywhere

KOO Jeong A, Seven Stars, 2019, Phosphorescent pigment painting on canvas, variable dimensions

Courtesy of KOO Jeong A & STUDIO

 

KOO Jeong A’s CV begins with the note, “lives & works everywhere,” which comes from KOO’s understanding of an artist as a being whom “exists everywhere and nowhere.” In her practice, “space” is an important element, which she recognizes within both physical and psychological realms. It can either be a presentation of a space of physical experience, or a space within the realm of psychological perception. The addition of architectural elements such as walls, doors and windows, and from time to time sounds, scents, temperature, and lights arouses various senses and infuses life into her space along with other visual elements. Through her exploration of “space” as a part of the practice, she has constructed a visual language on the riddles which associate with the idiosyncrasies of the world and its humorous environments.

KOO recognizes the exhibition venue as more than a presentation platform, and identifies it as a work itself, taking the form and context of venues as elements of her works. By painting the walls of an entire studio green at Ecole National Superieure des Beaux-Arts, or presenting an entire floor of an exhibition hall in fluorescent pink at Art Sonje, KOO attempted to explore physical transformation of space as well as staging an immersion and discernment into a psychologically ‘unseen world.’ In 2004, KOO turned the exhibition hall at her solo exhibition Club Koo into a room, overlapping characteristics of personal and public space. She filled the room with ordinary furniture presenting a commonplace environment and hid devices which audiences could only come across by paying close attention to the space. It presented a perfect balance where one could discover new elements through observing, yet where the visual perception did not interrupt the observation.

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