Also available as a portfolio set.
These colour digital photographs by Korean-American artist Michael Joo have an atmospheric beauty which is entirely in-keeping with a ‘poetic’ sensibility. The airy and transparent sense of light and space that Joo captures is the subject, and the works seen in his studio at various stages of completion, juxtaposed against one another in his working environment, are seen separated from their own complete contextual brief. As such, Joo’s sculptures and studio become more like fragments from or props for a different visual language, one that sits between two places and which has been found and simultaneously made complete by the framing of the camera.
As an edition of 20, presented in a silkscreen printed book cloth portfolio box complete with its own cover image, Distilled is both a thing in itself, as well as something that provides further insight into Joo’s work, practice and ways of thinking.
Born in Ithaca, New York in 1966, Joo uses sculpture, performance and installation in his work, as well as a combination of scientific language and complex structures that exemplify and parody the potential of form.
Joo obtained a BFA from Washington University in 1989, followed by an MFA in Sculpture from Yale University in 1991. In 1994 his work was included in the internationally acclaimed group show, Some Went Mad, Some Ran Away, curated by Damien Hirst for the Serpentine Gallery, London. His artwork is included in the collections of the Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Walker Art Centre, Mineapolis; Denver Art Museum; Israel Museum, Jerusalem; UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles and the Moderna Museet, Stockholm.
Joo has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions worldwide, including the Venice Biennale, 1993 and 2001; Whitney Biennial, New York, 2000; Anton Kern Gallery, New York, 2002; the Bohen Foundation New York, 2005; Rodin Gallery, 2006; Milan Triennale Bovisa, 2006; Denver Art Museum, 2006 and the Gwangju Biennale, South Korea, 2006, where he was co-recipient of the Grand Prize for his installation, “Bodhi Obfuscatus…” He lives and works in Manhattan and Brooklyn.