Rolling and unrolling, Jae Ko sculpts with ink and paper by unrolling adding machine paper and reshaping it into alluring forms she binds and soaks in vats of ink, coaxing over months of saturation, then letting it dry. As the paper takes the ink and dries, it elongates and swells into organic sculptural forms guided by Ko’s design. The abstract works appear soft but are hard to the touch.
After Ko’s first solo show at Andrew Bae Gallery, she has been praised by many for her unique technique and craftsmanship. In September 2009, The Andrew Bae Gallery is proud to announce Jae Ko’s second solo exhibition, Rolling. In this second exhibition, Ko will introduce works of dexterous twists and spiral forms reminiscent of funnel clouds or DNA molecules. Those familiar with Ko’s previous work will find a dynamic new direction in pieces that remain a clear extension previous work as Ko continues to push the envelope of her own highly original process. Ko says, “The edges of infinitely long pieces of paper create line drawings which spiral, tighten and loosen depending on how I roll them.”
Jae Ko is a Korean-born artist educated in Japan and the US. The derivation of these abstract forms was an experiment Ko performed while in graduate school at the Maryland Institute College of Art, when she buried a roll of paper under beach sand. Since then, Ko has received honors including a grant from the Pollack-Krasner Foundation in 2000-2001, fellowships with the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Virginia Commission for the Arts, and the Maryland Institute College of Art. She has had numerous solo and group shows in the US, Japan, and Europe, and her work is represented in the collections of the Corcoran Museum of Art, the Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and the Washington DC Convention Center.