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Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible Ocula Report Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible 17 Apr 2019 : Federica Bueti for Ocula

I first visited Havana in November 2016, a few days after Fidel Castro died, and just under a year before Hurricane Irma hit Cuba in September 2017. Since then, much has changed, including the hand-painted signs that punctuate the journey from the airport to the city centre, which today do not celebrate the revolution so much as the 'Unidad y...

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Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui Ocula Conversation Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui

The exhibition Beyond Boundaries at Somerset House in London (12 March–2 April 2019) marked the historic contributions of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (CAFA) and the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, on the occasion of their 100th and 150th anniversaries, respectively. Spread across several rooms of Somerset House's...

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The National 2019: New Australian Art Ocula Report The National 2019: New Australian Art 13 Apr 2019 : Elyse Goldfinch for Ocula

The National 2019: New Australian Art features work by 70 contemporary Australia-based artists split across three venues: the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) (29 March–21 July 2019), as curated by Isobel Parker Philip, curator of photographs at AGNSW; Daniel Mudie Cunningham,...

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Jong Oh

b. 1981, South Korea

Jong Oh's artistic practice is quite particular since he does not use a studio but creates minimal sculptures in situ that respond to a given spatial situation. Responding to the nuanced configuration of each site, the artist constructs spatial structures by suspending and interconnecting a limited selection of materials: rope, chains, fishing wire, perspex, wooden and metal rods and painted threads. The elements of the work seem to float, and depending on the spatial relationship of the viewer with it these elements are connected and cross each other or appear as absolutely independent, suggesting additional dimensions to the simple three-dimensional space. Sometimes the threads that suspend these elements are practically invisible and sometimes the artist paints the thread lightly, reinforcing the visual presence of the element. Jong also uses lighting to create his compositions, where real shadows or painted lines by the artist in graphite extend his ethereal structures and favor the effect of optical illusion in a dialogue of lines and planes. His practice defies the traditionally expected assumption in sculpture of dense masses and heavy objects, acting like simple yet complex drawings that point out the particularities of the space they inhabit.

In these paradoxical limits constituted by three-dimensionality and two-dimensionality, consummation and destruction, the spectator's experience becomes a meditation on the whim of human perception. Jong's work is interactive in the sense that the perception and apprehension of each piece by the viewer is achieved only through a deep exploration of it and the negative space resulting from the intervention of the artist.

Oh appeals to the viewer to question their own perception and the way they have to relate to the space that surrounds them, offering a space for meditation and contemplation before the hustle and bustle of contemporary everyday life: a subtle and refined visual haiku about universality and the sound of space.

Jong Oh was born in Mauritania in 1981 and grew up between Spain and South Korea. He currently lives and works in New York, where he graduated in a MFA at the School of Visual Arts after earning his BFA at the Hongik University in Seoul.

Jong has exhibited extensively in the U.S., Korea, Mexico and in Europe. His work belongs to public collections such as the Maxine & Stuart Frankel Foundation in Michigan (US) and the Kablanc Otazu Foundation in Navarra (Spain).

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Featured Artworks

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Wall Drawing #6 by Jong Oh contemporary artwork Jong OhWall Drawing #6, 2018 Metal rod, pencil line, string, paint, shadow
41 x 71 x 17 cm
Sabrina Amrani Gallery
Line Sculpture #21 by Jong Oh contemporary artwork Jong OhLine Sculpture #21, 2018 Wood, paint, string, metal rod, aluminium
112 x 77 x 22 cm
Sabrina Amrani Gallery
Line Sculpture(cuboid) #13 by Jong Oh contemporary artwork Jong OhLine Sculpture(cuboid) #13, 2018 Metal rod, string, fishing wire, paint, chain
103 x 42 x 25 cm
Sabrina Amrani Gallery
Line Sculpture(column) #4 by Jong Oh contemporary artwork Jong OhLine Sculpture(column) #4, 2018 Metal rod, string, paint, fishing wire, chain
270 x 38 x 27 cm
Sabrina Amrani Gallery
Folding Drawing #3 by Jong Oh contemporary artwork Jong OhFolding Drawing #3, 2018 Wood panel, paint, graphite, shadow
28 x 17.8 x 7.5 cm
Sabrina Amrani Gallery
Compo-site #18 by Jong Oh contemporary artwork Jong OhCompo-site #18, 2018 Plexiglas, string, paint, metal rod, fishing wire, rope wire, weight
236 x 145 x 85 cm
Sabrina Amrani Gallery
Line Sculpture #21 by Jong Oh contemporary artwork Jong OhLine Sculpture #21, 2018 Wood, paint, string, metal rod, aluminium
112 x 77 x 22 cm
Sabrina Amrani Gallery
Line Sculpture(cuboid) #13 by Jong Oh contemporary artwork Jong OhLine Sculpture(cuboid) #13, 2018 Metal rod, string, fishing wire, paint, chain
103 x 42 x 25 cm
Sabrina Amrani Gallery

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Jong Oh, Lodestar at Sabrina Amrani Gallery, Madrid
Closed
10 January–10 March 2018 Jong Oh Lodestar Sabrina Amrani Gallery, Madera, 23

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