Jae Ko : New Work
Oct 27 – Dec 29, 2007
Robischon Gallery is pleased to present noted artist Jae Ko's latest series of works which further explore her unique approach toward sculpture. Through her various series, Ko's sense of form and personal technique of using rolled paper – namely adding machine tape – as her chosen medium has made her a distinctive and widely shown artist for many years. Known for her earlier series of contained circular, ink-soaked sculpture with velvet-like, ribbon surfaces, these newest works offer a shift in both form and approach. Ko's new twisted and torqued rolls of paper are transformed to resemble animated, pulled taffy-like shapes with rich, matte surfaces of calligraphy ink, graphite or carpenter's glue. Having previously explored a dramatic color range from the blackest black to jarring greens and electric oranges, Ko's current series resides in the more nature based tones of cream yellow, charcoal black and matte cherry-red.
Born in Korea, the Washington, D.C.- based artist became inspired by the ancient bristlecone pine forests in California's White Mountains. The sweeping, undulant lines of Jae Ko's sculptures recall the wind-whipped pines in frozen motion. Furthering the artist's initial inspiration, Ko distills her elegant forms and achieves technical and thematic resonance; a new relationship between idea and medium.