Michael Joo, ‘Farmers & Merchants’, 2012, Kukje Gallery

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About Michael Joo

Korean-American conceptual artist Michael Joo manipulates a wide array of unexpected materials, from antlers and human sweat to fiber optics and magnets, to explore places, people, and objects by reinterpreting perception, asking, “Why do we perceive as we perceive?”. Amid a profusion of themes and styles, certain natural and spiritual motifs emerge, particularly animals and the Buddha. For example, in Bodhi Obfuscatus (Space Baby) (2005), a stone Buddha statue wears a halo of interconnected cameras, which then project close-ups of the Buddha onto screens mounted in the space around the statue.

American, b. 1966, Ithaca, New York, based in New York, New York

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

Seven Sins, Carolina Nitsch Contemporary Art, New York
Glasstress Boca Raton, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton
Perspectives: Michael Joo, Smithsonian Freer and Sackler Galleries, Washington
Michael Joo, Blain | Southern