Michael Joo’s artworks investigate concepts of identity and knowledge in a hybridized contemporary world. His work investigates the coexistence of willpower and inevitability within nature and human culture. Using a range of materials and media in provocative ways, Joo addresses humanity’s various states of knowledge and culture, questioning the fluid nature of identity while prompting his audience to consider how and why we perceive the world as we do. Select solo and group exhibitions include: The Menil Collection, Texas; Serpentine Gallery, London; Whitney Museum of American Art, N.Y.; Rodin Gallery (Samsung Foundation), Seoul; and MIT’s List Visual Arts Center, Massachusetts. In 2001 Joo represented Korea at the Venice Biennale, and won grand prize at the 2006 Gwangju Biennial. Select collections include: Guggenheim Museum, N.Y.; Museum of Modern Art, N.Y.; Whitney Museum of American Art, N.Y.; and the Samsung Foundation for Art and Culture, Seoul.
On Air: The Difference Between (Idiots and Angels) by Michael JooThe existence of potential weapons close to the brain, antlers, and the idea of a natural object performing as a readymade are the basis for sculptures Michael Joo has created for several years under the title Improved Rack Series. The original sculptures consisted of shed antlers cut and re-configured, each gesture being exemplary of willpower and providing an interruption to the asymmetrical natural growth of the object - creating a manmade and more aesthetically balanced form. In The Difference Between (Idiots and Angels) the same themes of vitality, time, and slow transformation are illustrated in a unique time based recreation of the growth of both the manmade and the natural object. The video elaborates upon Joo's interest in nature as a factory, a cycle of manufacturing that is mimicked by humanity. -> Artist Link: Michael Joo at Blain Southern From the Sedition Selection