Mermaid, 2006

Extinction  2004  h: 16 x w: 16 x d: 12 cm / h: 6.3 x w: 6.3 x d: 4.7 in 

Girlfriend 2006   Mixed media  h: 13 x w: 5 x d: 3 cm / h: 5.1 x w: 2 x d: 1.2 in  

Sailor Mixed Media, Variable size, 2004


Finger's Madam.6_3 21x36x22cm 2006

Finger's Madam.6_2 21x32x22cm 2006

Finger's Madam.6_1 21x52x78cm  2006

My work consists of wearable objects and photographs of models wearing the object. They are a symbol of self-defence against physical, linguistic and psychological forces in the real world. As a blood scab naturally protects a wound on the skin, unconsciousness also instinctively aids the defensive system against psychological attacks from the outside. The most significant reason why this defensive system occurs is ‘fear’, which is caused by one’s previous traumatic experience. Fear has two extreme dispositions like two sides of a coin, consisting of defensive and offensive characters. When an animal is wounded, it becomes more violent and, consequently, more offensive. In my work, the symbol of these aggressive aptitudes is the horn. As you might know, amongst mammals, only herbivorous animals have their own horn as a defence from carnivorous animals. This is the compensation as a result of evolution to adapt them to the environment. - Jung Ki Beak

Finger's Madam.1_2 23x26x27cm, Finger's Madam .1_1 22x28x27cm 2003

Saw 9x5x15cm 2006

Hook 5x2x2.5cm Freddy 8x2x2.5cm Scissorhands 11x2x2.5cm

Remote Sense (Alpha Helix) detail,2005
Urethane foam, hand-built epoxy, aqua-resin, urethane, infrared leve-feed cameras, LCD monitors, glass, programmable camera switching device, air craft cable

Bodhi Obfuscatus (Space-Baby)detail,2005
Mixed media, Courtesy Anton Kern Gallery, NY scientific theories) and artistic production.

Born to Korean parents in 1966 in Ithaca (New York), B.F.A. at Washington University and M.F.A. at Yale School of Art, Michael Joo lives and works in New York. He represented Korea at the last edition of the Venice Art Biennial in 2001.

From the start of his career Joo has focused in his work on the processes through which visible entities (like the human body, or flora and fauna in nature) consume invisible calories, and the crystallized byproducts generated by these processes. In his works Joo demonstrates the forms that can be assumed by one’s own mental and bodily efforts in the act of bearing witness to one’s historical and cultural identity. In other words, Joo combines making art with the apparently scientific theme of production of matter-energy and with the expenditure of calories of the human being during physical and psychological effort to achieve a state of diversity. Replacing the locus of the artwork with the practice of scientific thought and the objects derived from it, Joo attempts to go beyond the borderline between science and aesthetics. With respect to Pop Art and its appropriation of pop imagery to reveal the collapse of the separation between art and everyday life, and with respect to the conceptual-sculptural work of artists like Joseph Beuys, aimed at bridging the gap between the artwork and significant everyday “things”, the art of Michael Joo gives concrete visible form to units of mental thought and physical reaction, breaking down the confines between the results of natural phenomena (which can be comprehended by means of scientific theories) and artistic production.

Anton Kern Gallery

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