Press release: Other Criteria Announces the Publication of: Michel Joo
Published by Other Criteria/March 2008
“In deeply elegant and sometimes comical and shocking installations, sculpture, and videos, Joo dramatically dissolves standard frameworks for viewing the world, forcing a second look.” –Boston Globe
New York, NY — For twenty years American/Korean artist Michael Joo has been creating innovative and compelling art, works that feature several layers of meaning and trigger multiple associations. A new book, Michael Joo (Other Criteria, $150, hardcover, March), chronicles Joo’s career—offering a substantial monograph which surveys all of his finished projects created over the past two decades.
Offering unique insight into the artist’s thoughts on his own work, Michael Joo includes Joo’s own extended captions alongside each project. Further exploration of Joo’s practice is provided through an in depth interview between Hans Ulrich Obrist and the artist, and intelligent and engaging essays contributed by Bruce W. Ferguson, Paul Black and Hyunsun Tae.
Working in a wide range of media, including sculpture, installation, animation and performance-based video, Michael Joo’s art frequently investigates themes of identity, specifically the juxtaposition of Eastern spiritualism with the Western way of viewing the world. As Joo says about his work, "I am interested in playing with notions of physicality and the slippery nature of the identity of an object (or person, place, thing)."
There is no linear journey in reading Joo’s works as a body; instead, they cross-connect, disconnect and reconnect to reflect the labyrinthine nature of the world as its narratives expand, touch and overlap exponentially. His sculptures and installations have been described as “concrete poetry” and “hermetic philosophy.” These are multi-faceted systems within systems, operating physically, metaphysically, alchemically, poetically, and conceptually.
Born in Ithaca, New York in 1966, Michael 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 Sepentine Gallery in London. Joo’s artwork is included in the collections of the Guggenheim Museum and the Museum of Modern Art. He lives and works in New York City.