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Hito Steyerl: How To Build a Sustainable Art World Ocula Conversation Hito Steyerl: How To Build a Sustainable Art World

'A Picture of War is Not War', we read in Hito Steyerl's iconic film November (2004), an essayistic Super 8 film tackling the definition of terrorism constructed around the figure of the artist's best friend Andrea Wolf, who was killed as a terrorist in 1998 in Eastern Anatolia after she joined the PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party). Mixing documentary...

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Aichi to Okayama: Art in Japan Looks to the Future Ocula Report Aichi to Okayama: Art in Japan Looks to the Future 11 Oct 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

There has been a flurry of triennial and biennial art activity in Japan this year. The Aichi Triennale opened in Nagoya this August, sparking a national debate about the shutting down of a display of formerly censored works—the result of public backlash against a burnt image of Emperor Hirohito and a statue commemorating the women forced into...

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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough Ocula Insight | Video
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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough 15 October 2019

Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy.Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...

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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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Line Sculpture (cuboid) 32 by Jong Oh contemporary artwork
Jong OhLine Sculpture (cuboid) 32, 2019 Metal rod, string, fishing wire, paint, chain
100 x 46.5 x 25 cm
Sabrina Amrani Gallery
Wall Drawing (semicircle) #1 by Jong Oh contemporary artwork
Jong OhWall Drawing (semicircle) #1, 2019 Chain, fishing wire
103 x 440 x 0.1 cm
Sabrina Amrani Gallery
Room Drawing (monochrome) #6 by Jong Oh contemporary artwork
Jong OhRoom Drawing (monochrome) #6, 2019 Metal rod, string, plexiglas, chain, paint, pencil line, fishing wire
Sabrina Amrani Gallery
Parallel Drawing (semicircle) #1 by Jong Oh contemporary artwork
Jong OhParallel Drawing (semicircle) #1, 2019 Chain, fishing wire
103 x 440 x 0.1 cm
Sabrina Amrani Gallery
Parallel Drawing (corner) #1 by Jong Oh contemporary artwork
Jong OhParallel Drawing (corner) #1, 2019 Chain, fishing wire
177 x 308 x 120 cm
Sabrina Amrani Gallery
Line Sculpture (cuboid) #35 by Jong Oh contemporary artwork
Jong OhLine Sculpture (cuboid) #35, 2019 Metal rod, fishing wire, string, pain
73 x 68 x 24 cm
Sabrina Amrani Gallery
Folding Drawing #21 by Jong Oh contemporary artwork
Jong OhFolding Drawing #21, 2019 Wood panel, paint, metal rod, pencil line, shadow
21 x 17.7 x 8 cm
Sabrina Amrani Gallery
Folding Drawing #20 by Jong Oh contemporary artwork
Jong OhFolding Drawing #20, 2019 Wood panel, paint, pencil line, metal rod, blade
22 x 17.1 x 14 cm
Sabrina Amrani Gallery

Current & Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Jong Oh, Sunstone at Sabrina Amrani Gallery, Madrid
Open Now
12 September–21 December 2019 Jong Oh Sunstone Sabrina Amrani Gallery, Sallaberry, 52
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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