March 29 – May 6, 2016
Installations by Jong Oh
“The works become subtle and restrained visual poems. Each only a few lines long, but addressing the universal.”
– Jong Oh
Walking through Oh’s structures, slowly, the space transforms and shifts, disorienting viewers as they try to determine what is real and what is not. Oh’s play with light and shadow contributes to a surprisingly magical experience where his sparse use of modest materials and expansive space expose the limits of human perception.
Responding to a site’s nuanced configuration, I build spatial structures by suspending Plexiglas and painted strings in the air. These elements connect or intersect with one another, depending on the viewers’ perspectives.
Viewers walk in and around these paradoxical boundaries constituted by three-dimensionality and flatness, completion and destruction. The viewers’ experience becomes a meditation on perception’s whim.
Born in 1981 in Mauritania, Jong Oh spent his childhood in Grand Canaria, Spain. He earned a BFA in Sculpture from Hongik University in Seoul, Korea and an MFA from the School of Visual Art in New York City, where he now lives and works. “In 2014–2015, he has had solo exhibitions at Galerie Krinzinger, Austria; Jochen Hempel, Leipzig; and MARSO, Mexico City.” His work has been included in numerous group exhibitions in Korea and New York and is housed in major private collections.