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The Korean artist Jong Oh (b. 1981) creates minimal sculptures that respond to the given spatial situation. 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. Alternating between sculpture and intervention, intangible image and installation, Oh 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.”

Jong Oh was born in 1981 in Mauritania, North Africa and moved to Korea at age 15 earning his BFA from Hongik University in Seoul and eventually his MFA from School of Visual Art in New York, where he now lives and works. He had a recent 2016 solo exhibition at the University of Connecticut Art Galleries. In 2014-5 he has had solo exhibitions at Krinziger, Austria; Jochen Hempel, Leipzig; and MARSO, Mexico City. He has been in numerous group exhibits worldwide. In 2011, Oh was one of 12 artists in FIRST LOOK at the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, a juried show of leading art graduates in the US. In 2014 he won a competition to create a large scale public installation along the Hudson River in Peekskill, New York.

Oh talks about his philosophy and process in this video.

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Selected Works
Line Sculpture 18 2016
String, paint, graphite
43 x 24.5 x 25.5 inches
110 x 62 x 65 cm
Line Sculpture 18

2016
String, paint, graphite
43 x 24.5 x 25.5 inches
110 x 62 x 65 cm

Line Sculpture #14 2016
Metal rod, string, pencil line, chain glass
55 x 36 x 6.5 inches
140 x 91.5 x 16.5 cm
Line Sculpture #14

2016
Metal rod, string, pencil line, chain glass
55 x 36 x 6.5 inches
140 x 91.5 x 16.5 cm

Surface Water #4 2016
Inkjet print, aluminum plate, paint, chain, string, fishing wire, weight
90 x 78 x 36 inches
Surface Water #4

2016
Inkjet print, aluminum plate, paint, chain, string, fishing wire, weight
90 x 78 x 36 inches

Line Sculpture #13 2016
Fishing wire, string, metal rod, paint
45.5 x 21.5 x 11.5 inches
Line Sculpture #13

2016
Fishing wire, string, metal rod, paint
45.5 x 21.5 x 11.5 inches

Surface Water #3 2016
Inkjet print, aluminum plate, string, paint, 
40 x 29 x 3.5 inches
Surface Water #3

2016
Inkjet print, aluminum plate, string, paint,
40 x 29 x 3.5 inches

Column (Brass) 2016
String, fishing wire, metal rod, weight, paint
97 x 17 x 17 inches
Column (Brass)

2016
String, fishing wire, metal rod, weight, paint
97 x 17 x 17 inches

Golden Cholla 2014
Plexiglass, thread, metal rod, chain, paint, pencil line
77 x 39 x 18 inches / 195.6 x 99.1 x 45.7 cm
Golden Cholla

2014
Plexiglass, thread, metal rod, chain, paint, pencil line
77 x 39 x 18 inches / 195.6 x 99.1 x 45.7 cm

Composite 5 2013
Plexiglas, string, fishing wire, chain, paint, pen line
95 x 76 x 44 inches / 241.3 x 193 x 111.8 cm
Composite 5

2013
Plexiglas, string, fishing wire, chain, paint, pen line
95 x 76 x 44 inches / 241.3 x 193 x 111.8 cm

Composite 2 2013
Wood, string, weight, paint, pencil line
130 x 22 x 10 inches / 330.2 x 55.9 x 25.4 cm
Composite 2

2013
Wood, string, weight, paint, pencil line
130 x 22 x 10 inches / 330.2 x 55.9 x 25.4 cm

Line Sculpture 5 2013
Nail, string, metal rod, paint, pencil
42 x 72 x 22.5 inches / 106.7 x 182.9 x 57.2 cm
Line Sculpture 5

2013
Nail, string, metal rod, paint, pencil
42 x 72 x 22.5 inches / 106.7 x 182.9 x 57.2 cm

Line Sculpture 7 2013
Wood, string, paint, metal rod
74 x 33 x 34 inches / 188 x 83.8 x 86.4 cm
Line Sculpture 7

2013
Wood, string, paint, metal rod
74 x 33 x 34 inches / 188 x 83.8 x 86.4 cm

Line Sculpture 6 2013
Wood, string, paint 
60 x 25 x 58 inches / 152.4 x 63.5 x 147.3 cm
Line Sculpture 6

2013
Wood, string, paint
60 x 25 x 58 inches / 152.4 x 63.5 x 147.3 cm

Exhibitions
Jong Oh

January 10 - February 26, 2016

On Deck

July 11 - August 23, 2013

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