Koo Jeong A

Koo Jeong A (b. 1967, Seoul) is a multidisciplinary artist based in London. Jeong A makes works that are seemingly casual and commonplace, yet at the same time remarkably precise, deliberate, and considered. Her reflections on the senses and the body incorporate objects, still and moving images, audio elements, and aromas. Many of her works are conceived within site-specific environments that question the limits of fact and fiction, the imaginary and actuality of our world. Koo considers the connection of energies between a place and people, relying on chance to drive her encounters.

In realising her spaces and images, she draws from a wide spectrum of concerns which she developed over the years. Ranging from human cognition, to the philosophy of Taoism, from the science of Qi, to the interaction of natural elements such as earth, fire, metal, water, and wood. In her environments, nothing is merely ordinary; on the contrary, any material or phenomena - be it a mound of charcoal, a shaft of iron, or a glare of sunlight - is endowed with dignity and reverence and incites the surprise of a discovery. To venture near Koo's work is to travel unreservedly through a cosmos of unassuming large and small forms, mysterious dwarfed spaces, and perilous landscapes of memories.

Selected solo exhibitions include ‘[ YONG DONG ]’, Pilar Corrias, London (2022); Luma Arles, Arles (2021); ‘Koo Jeong A.’, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, New York (2020); OooOoO, La Triennale di Milano, Milano (2019); ‘Tengam Tengam’, Konig Galerie, Berlin (2019); ‘Magnet Cities’, Pilar Corrias, London (2018); ‘ajeongkoo’, Artsonje Center, Seoul (2017); ‘ODORAMA’, ICA Art Night, London (2016); Annual Journey, Pilar Corrias, London (2015); Koo Jeong-A - Z, Yvon Lambert, New York (2010); Koo Jeong A: Constellation Congress, Dia at the Hispanic Society, New York, US; Dia:Beacon, Beacon; The Dan Flavin Art Insitute, Bridgehampton (2010); New Song, O, Yvon Lambert, Paris (2008); Koo Jeong-A, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2004). 

Her work has been featured in group exhibitions and art fairs including Korean Pavilion, La Biennale di Venezia, Venice (2024); Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen, Siegen (2023); Luma Arles, Arles (2021); Pace Gallery, New York (2019); Museo Riso / Piazza Bologni, Palermo (2018); Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, Herning (2017); Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan (2017); IMMA | Irish Musuem of Modern Art, Dublin (2017); Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Vnà (2017); Boghossian Foundation Villa Empain, Brussels (2017); ACC, Gwanju (2017); Jewish Museum, New York (2016); 32nd Bienal de São Paulo, São Paulo (2016); Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Charlottenborg (2016); Art Sonje Center, Seoul (2015); Hiroshima Museum, Hiroshima (2015); Foundation Louis Vuitton, Paris (2015); Monnaie de Paris, Paris (2015); Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, (2014); Swiss Pavilion at 14th Architecture Biennale, Venice, (2014); Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris (2013); Serpentine Gallery, London (2011); Sprueth Magers Gallery, Berlin (2011); Guggenheim Museum, New York (2010);Centre Pompidou, Paris (2009); 53rd International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, Venice (2009); Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London (2005) amongst others. 

Koo Jeong A is represented by Pilar Corrias and PKM Gallery. 

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