Michael Joo

Michael Joo

November 30, 2011

The Artist’s Brooklyn Studio
6.30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Join us on Wednesday, November 30th, as we meet with artist Michael Joo in his Brooklyn studio for a close look at his ritualized and romanticized artworks and processes. In Michael Joo‘s work you can see the artist’s eye investigating natural and synthetic materials in a way that suggestively confronts his viewers with inherent and lingering questions of mortality and motive.

“Joo's work is both intensely physical and intellectually invigorating. As a leading contemporary conceptual artist, he uses different artistic forms to express passionately felt ideas about identity, the body, and cultural mores. "For the most part," says Michael Joo, "I am interested in playing with notions of physicality and the slippery nature of the identity of an object (or person, place, thing)."“
Writes the The Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art in advance of Michael’s 2004 exhibition.

Michael Joo lives and works in New York where he is represented by Anton Kern Gallery. He received his BA at Wesleyan University in biology, a BFA in sculpture from Washington University (St. Louis) 1989, and a MFA in sculpture from Yale in 1991. In 2010, Joo had a solo exhibition at Galleria Marabini, Bologna, Italy and a two person exhibition with artist Damian Hirst titled, Have You Ever Really Looked at the Sun? at Haunch of Venison, Berlin. His work has been included in important group exhibitions such as the Gwangju Biennale in South Korea and the Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.

[Photo © Nadine Dinter]