Terence Koh, ‘Pearl Bomber Jacket’, ART CAPSUL
Terence Koh, ‘Pearl Bomber Jacket’, ART CAPSUL
Terence Koh, ‘Pearl Bomber Jacket’, ART CAPSUL
Terence Koh, ‘Pearl Bomber Jacket’, ART CAPSUL
Terence Koh, ‘Pearl Bomber Jacket’, ART CAPSUL
Terence Koh, ‘Pearl Bomber Jacket’, ART CAPSUL
Terence Koh, ‘Pearl Bomber Jacket’, ART CAPSUL

For ART CAPSUL Koh conceived of a bomber jacket covered in pearls as a reference to his Boy By The Sea sculpture, a unique artwork and self-portrait of the artist which was originally installed by the sea as part of a performance utilizing his signature palette of white. The organic pattern of the pearls- nearly 65,000 of them on his original Boy By the Sea artwork- mimic the formation of sea foam along the shore. Koh's bomber, the shape inspired by the contemporary bomber worn on the street, incorporates nearly 20,000 applied and hand-sewn faux pearls. The jacket's pearls infuse the rich, over the top quality of fetishized luxury items, while the exposed interior lining simultaneously provides a street edge with its raw, white cotton detail and zipper.

Terence Koh's highly varied body of work features epic performance art including operas, installations and sculptures that incorporate a span of time from Gothic and Medieval influences as well as popular and street culture- ranging from the highly ornate and orchestrated to the sublime and simple.

About Terence Koh

Terence Koh rapidly gained notoriety in the art world following his installation at Art Basel in 2007, which featured clumps of the artist’s own excrement covered in gold leaf. Such subversive gestures pay homage to Marcel Duchamp and the Dada movement, while other works such as Big White Cock (2006) examine symbols of gay subculture and the fetishization of objects. Another strain of Koh’s work explores spirituality and asceticism, as in his 2011 performance entitled nothingtoodoo, in which Koh took a vow of silence, dropped to his knees, and repeatedly circled a massive pile of salt for hours at a time. Koh’s diverse oeuvre encompasses sculptures, installations, and performance works, raising questions that range from how to define the role of the artist to what constitutes “otherness” in contemporary society.

Canadian, b. 1977, Beijing, China, based in New York, New York