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b. 1981, South Korea

Jong Oh Biography

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.

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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).

Jong Oh Featured Artworks

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Line Sculpture(column) #9 by Jong Oh contemporary artwork
Jong OhLine Sculpture(column) #9, 2020Metal rod, chain, fishing wire
194.5 x 30 x 30 cm
Sabrina Amrani Gallery Enquire about this work
Line Sculpture(cuboid) #37 by Jong Oh contemporary artwork
Jong OhLine Sculpture(cuboid) #37, 2020Metal rod, chain, fishing wire
90 x 42 x 28 cm
Sabrina Amrani Gallery Enquire about this work
Line Sculpture (cuboid) #26 by Jong Oh contemporary artwork
Jong OhLine Sculpture (cuboid) #26, 2018Thread, metal rod, fishing wire, chain
110 x 70 x 40 cm
Sabrina Amrani Gallery Enquire about this work
Line Sculpture (cuboid) #22 by Jong Oh contemporary artwork
Jong OhLine Sculpture (cuboid) #22, 2019Metal rod, string, paint, fishing wire, chain, unique
100 x 44 x 27 cm
Sabrina Amrani Gallery Enquire about this work
Line Sculpture (cuboid) #13 by Jong Oh contemporary artwork
Jong OhLine Sculpture (cuboid) #13, 2019Metal rod, string, paint, fishing wire, chain, unique
103 x 42 x 25 cm
Sabrina Amrani Gallery Enquire about this work
Line Sculpture (cuboid) 32 by Jong Oh contemporary artwork
Jong OhLine Sculpture (cuboid) 32, 2019Metal rod, string, fishing wire, paint, chain
100 x 46.5 x 25 cm
Sabrina Amrani Gallery Enquire about this work
Wall Drawing (semicircle) #1 by Jong Oh contemporary artwork
Jong OhWall Drawing (semicircle) #1, 2019Chain, fishing wire
103 x 440 x 0.1 cm
Sabrina Amrani Gallery Enquire about this work
Room Drawing (monochrome) #6 by Jong Oh contemporary artwork
Jong OhRoom Drawing (monochrome) #6, 2019Metal rod, string, plexiglas, chain, paint, pencil line, fishing wire
Sabrina Amrani Gallery Enquire about this work

Jong Oh Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Jong Oh, Sunstone at Sabrina Amrani Gallery, Madrid
Closed
12 September–21 December 2019 Jong Oh Sunstone Sabrina Amrani Gallery, Sallaberry, 52
Contemporary art exhibition, Jong Oh, Lodestar at Sabrina Amrani Gallery, Madrid
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10 January–10 March 2018 Jong Oh Lodestar Sabrina Amrani Gallery, Madera, 23

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