Michael Joo (New York)

Place as Site of Inquiry

Acknowledging the absurdity of how we define a place’s identity when it has been overwritten over the course of generations by human “advancements” and political strife, the artist shared his personal experiences of working in Sharjah, UAE and Limerick, Ireland. Merging art and technology, he demonstrated how sculptural intervention can make inaccessible histories and simultaneous pluralistic viewpoints visible.

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Michael Joo, Place as Site of Inquiry, 2016. Lecture documentation FIELD MEETING: Thinking Practice, November 11th at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Photo: Renata Carciofolo.


Michael Joo creates narratives that explore places, people and objects through reinterpreting perception, combining scientific language and research. This results in work that is a documentation of process, all through a combination of techniques associated with sculpture, painting, photography and printmaking, from chemically treatment to silver-coating to photography. His major solo and group exhibitions of his include: Radiohalo, Blain|Southern, London (2016); Drift (Bronx), The Bronx Museum of Arts, New York (2014); Transparency Engine, SCAD Moot Gallery, Sham Shui Po (2014); Michael Joo: Drift, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Connecticut (2014); Michael Joo, M Building, Art Basel Miami Beach 2013, Miami (2013); Sharjah Biennial 12: The past, the present, the possible, Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah (2015); The Space Where I Am, Blain|Southern, London (2014); BloodFlames, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York (2014); Come Together: Surviving Sandy, curated by Phong Bui, Industry City, Brooklyn, New York (2013); Amor Fati, Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, New York (2013); P.S.1 MoMA, New York (2008); the South Korean Pavilion at the 49th Venice Biennale together with Do-Ho-Suh (2001); The Whitney Biennale, New York, (2000).

Michael Joo, Bodhi Obfuscatus (Space-Baby), 2005. Mixed media, Dimensions variable. Courtesy of artist.

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