Michael Joo’s artworks often blend and collide seemingly disparate elements such as science and religion, fact versus fiction and high and low culture. Human intervention in nature and the forms generated by these intersections is a recurring backdrop for Joo’s work. Using a thoughtful and provocative range of materials and media, Joo juxtaposes humanity’s various states of knowledge and culture, addressing the fluid nature of identity itself, and prompting us to question how and why we perceive the world as we do.
Selected group and solo exhibitions include Drift, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, USA (2014); Doppelganger, Cass Sculpture Foundation, Goodwood, UK (2014); White Light/White Heat, The Wallace Collection, London (2013); Glasstress, Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti, Venice (2011); Bodhi Obfuscatus (Allegiance), Chelsea Art Museum, New York (2009); NeoHooDoo: Art of a Forgotten Faith, PS1 MoMA, New York (2008); Circannual Rhythm (pibloktok), Anchorage Museum, Anchorage, USA (2008); Gwangju Biennale, Korea (2006, 2012) ; MIT List Visual Art Center, Cambridge, USA (2003) and The Whitney Biennale, New York (2000).
In 2001 Joo represented Korea at the Venice Biennale, and Bodhi Obfuscatus (Space Baby) won Grand Prize at the 2006 Gwangju Biennial together with artist Song Dong.
Select collections include Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York and the Samsung Foundation for Culture, Seoul.
Michael Joo was born in 1966 in Ithaca, New York and he currently lives and works in New York. He received his BFA from Washington University in 1989 and his MFA from Yale School of Art in 1991.
This person was part of Sharjah Biennial 12
This publication is a guide for visitors of Sharjah Biennial 12: The past, the present, the possible.
In his work, Michael Joo interrogates science and technology in conversation with the history of art. His works generate a set of questions that examine the ongoing exchange between man and natural history.
Join us for a conversation between SB12 curator Eungie Joo and participating artists Michael Joo and Byron Kim.