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Joo is the first significant publication on the work of conceptual artist Michael Joo. He describes his work as ‘a complex network of non-hierarchic information’ that blends layers of meaning which trigger multiple associations. This book includes the artist’s extended captions alongside each project, providing insights about the contextualizing and practise of this American/Korean artist, ultimately giving this book a unique ‘notebook’ or ‘journal’ quality.
Working in a wide range of media including sculpture, installation, animation and performance-based video, Michael Joo frequently investigates themes that address issues of identity, counter-pointing an Eastern spiritualism with ‘a Western way’ of understanding the world. Often using a visual language which combines highly complex geometric and structural patterns with ‘real’ objects, bodily fluids, eggs and mosquitoes, Michael Joo’s ‘dualist’ structuring is inherent in his abstract theme’s - linear and cyclical, physical and metaphysical, real and unreal, natural and unnatural, ultimately emphasising the tension in the ongoing relationship between nature and scientific processes.
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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.