13 JUL, 2007
Koh's complex constructions of photographic laminates combine sculpture and photography, yet establish an independent medium of their own.In these wondrous “boxes”, as the artist casually calls, a sense of architectural depth intersects with that of the two-dimensional picture plane. Translucent photographic images repeat, overlap and resonate through the constructed space of variously shaped boxes. These illusionary and illusionistic sculptures dream a dream of surface. Violating but also appropriating the principles of two-dimensional photographic representation as well as the spatial manipulation of sculpture, the surface claims space and the image breathes life. The greater charm of the artist’s luminous boxes is, however, not to be found in his innovative method alone, but in the classicism of the themes the artist has incorporated. Natural elements like water, fire, air and soil; the outer walls of abandoned buildings; old windows and doors, all have been captured by the artist’s camera. This summer, Andrew Bae Gallery especially focuses on the artist’s new theme, the Stone Body. Koh isolates the surface of the human form in stone sculptures from the 5th century B.C. through the 19th century and preserves this surface in high-resolution laminated film gels. The weight of stone is denied and multiple iterations of human form are suspended in pattern. Captured in moments, the fleeting image resembles in its transparency the transience of our vulnerable life and reminds us how beautiful our mortal body is.