Jae Ko: Paper

Friday, September 24, 2010 - Sunday, January 16, 2011

Artist Jae Ko soaks whorls of paper in baths of water, sumi ink and natural dyes and the resulting forms seem to retain fluid properties. The naturally sculptural objects continue the paper’s cycle of hydration: from its beginnings as wet wood pulp laid out on screens to dry to the rehydrated forms that Ko creates. The works can be seen as a reunion of organic materials (water, sumi ink made from burnt wood and paper) that become something entirely new. Defying narrative or distinct references, they allow for open interpretation and act as resting spots for our thoughts and feelings.

Paper consists of large wall works and a sprawling floor work that flows out of the gallery and into the hallway. They intrude into viewers’ space and beg for a closer look.