Koo Jeong A
EHM [Event Horizon Malmö]
The work of Korean artist Koo Jeong A gives the impression of being situated in a flow of constant transformation. The works’ variability is accentuated when, for example, an animated still image comes to life, when a scent arises only to disappear just as suddenly, or when a beam of light moves through a darkened room. Koo Jeong A’s practice explores our collective experiences; the works vary in scale, are carried out in different mediums and exist in both physical and digital realms. Architecture always functions as a starting point and resonance chamber where seemingly everyday occurrences can open up alternative worlds.
This summer’s exhibition at Malmö Konsthall, EHM [Event Horizon Malmö], consists of ”OooOoO Malmö” (2024): a skatepark constructed entirely of wood. Specifically designed for Malmö Konsthall’s characteristic exhibition space, the star formation is wedged between the supporting columns of the building. The fixed, precisely formed sculpture generates both movement and speed, playing with and challenging gravity. The work “OooOoO Malmö” is complemented by a selection of the artist’s drawings executed in large format directly onto the walls of Malmö Konsthall.
Koo Jeong A will represent South Korea at the Venice Biennale this year (20.4–24.11 2024). The exhibition at Malmö Konsthall is realised in close collaboration with the two curators of the Korean Pavilion: Jacob Fabricius, Director of Art Hub Copenhagen, and Seolhui Lee, Chief Curator of Kunsthal Aarhus.
About the artist
Koo Jeong A incorporates inter-subjective phenomena, digital features and timely imaginaries into sculpture, painting, film, animation, sound and scent, to reinvent the architectural space. The artist’s site-specific reconfigurations open up narrative portals, where various media are combined with natural elements, playing with the idea of correlations.
Koo Jeong A:s work ”OooOoO Malmö” is supported by the Lorens and Agnes Beijers Foundation for the Beautification of the City, the Hjalmar Wicander Foundation at the Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts, and the City of Malmö. After the summer’s exhibition at Malmö Konsthall the sculpture will be relocated into Malmö’s public space in collaboration with the Society for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage and Green Parks and the Malmö in the Making project Layered. Thanks to Bryggeriet in Malmö for their assistance in the construction of the skatepark. A warm thank you also to Skate Malmö and Malmö in the Making: Power of Places.
The exhibition runs from June 1st to September 1st, 2024