Originally working under the alias asianpunkboy, Terence Koh designed zines and custom-made books, quickly cultivating a dedicated following. By 2004, he began creating work under his real name and had developed a public persona grounded in enigmatic behaviour – Koh wears only white, lives in an all white environment, writes in a cryptically poetic way and is intentionally unclear on such basic biographical details as his date of birth and his childhood home.
Koh’s practice has grown to include durational performances and complex large-scale installations. While the influence of Artists – including Marcel Duchamp, Andy Warhol, Joseph Beuys and James Lee Byars – is often cited, the Artist has developed what is clearly one of the most important and original voices to have emerged at the beginning of the 21st century.
Koh’s work was included in the Whitney Biennial, New York, USA (2004), and the Yokohama Triennale, Japan (2008). He has had solo exhibitions at institutions including, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, Spain (2008), Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany (2008), the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA (2007), Kunsthalle Zürich, Switzerland (2006) and the Vienna Secession, Austria (2005). His work is in the permanent collections of institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art and Tate Modern, London.