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SOTTO VOCE: Jong Oh Installation Through May 6 at CAG

Friday, April 29, 2016
12:00am – 11:59pm

Repeats weekly 4 times.

Storrs Campus
Art Building Contemporary Art Gallery

SOTTO VOCE: Jon Oh Installation at UConn Through May 6

Contemporary Art Galleries / Art Building

The NYC-based Korean artist Jong Oh (born in 1981) creates site-specific spatial installations. He carefully approaches a particular setting and responds to the given spatial situation through his works.

Oh describes this process as follows: “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.”

In these compositions, Oh makes use of a limited selection of materials: string, fishing line, Plexiglas, and wooden rods. The strings are sometimes painted on one side and are thus visible from one side only or almost entirely invisible. By constantly arranging these materials anew, Oh adds the suggestion of additional dimensions to the three-dimensional space. Lights and shadows extend these configurations by offering visual effects so that the highly fragile works resemble optical illusions of falling perspectives.

In this dialogue of lines and planes, Oh is testing the limits of visibility. The works require an increased awareness of delicate oscillations and variations.

Jong Oh is thus clearly making a case for an attention to small details, especially in the hectic bustle of everyday life. In a highly formal language that is almost completely free of narrative moments, Oh appeals above all to the viewers’ experience of the world, and considers each of his works as a carefully composed visual poem: “The works become subtle and restrained visual poems. Each only a few lines long, but addressing the universal.”

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 School of Visual Art in New York City where he now lives and works. In 2012 he had solo exhibitions at Musee Miniscule, Art in General and Galerie Jochen Hempel, Berlin. His work has been included in numerous group exhibitions in Korea and New York including at the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Doosan Gallery, and with the Korean Cultural Service in New York.

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Asian American Studies Institute (primary), Contemporary Art Galleries, Honors Program, UConn Master Calendar

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