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4th Kochi-Muziris Biennale: Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life Ocula Report 4th Kochi-Muziris Biennale: Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life 15 Feb 2019 : Natalie King for Ocula

'Poems are like sentences that have taken their clothes off.' Marlene Dumas' poetic and sensual refrain accompanies her figurative watercolours on view in Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life, the fourth edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB) in the southern state of Kerala, India (12 December 2018–29 March 2019).Dumas' new series...

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Ellen Altfest Ocula Conversation Ellen Altfest

The paintings of Ellen Altfest are ethereal in their detail. Fields of minutiae come together as pulsating images; small brushstrokes of oil paint accumulate over a series of months to single out seemingly innocuous subjects, such as a hand resting atop patterned fabric (The Hand, 2011) or a deep green cactus reaching upwards from beneath a bed of...

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Colomboscope 2019: Cross Currents and Dissonance Ocula Report Colomboscope 2019: Cross Currents and Dissonance 8 Feb 2019 : Nada Raza for Ocula

On the rooftop of the former Rio Hotel complex in Colombo, it was hard to ignore the high-rise buildings, still under construction, blocking all but a sliver of what used to be an open view over Slave Island, once an island on Beira Lake that housed slaves in the 19th century, and now a downtown suburb. The hotel was set alight during the...

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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) #22 by Jong Oh contemporary artwork Jong OhLine Sculpture (cuboid) #22, 2018 Metal rod, string, paint, fishing wire, chain
100 x 44 x 27 cm
Sabrina Amrani Gallery
Wall Drawing #5 by Jong Oh contemporary artwork Jong OhWall Drawing #5, 2018 Metal rod, pencil line, string, paint, gloss medium, shadow
88 x 20 x 8 cm
Sabrina Amrani Gallery
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
Room Drawing(monochrome) #4 by Jong Oh contemporary artwork Jong OhRoom Drawing(monochrome) #4, 2018 Plexiglas, metal rod, chain, pencil line, hole, string, fishing wire, bead. Variable dimensions
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

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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