• Artist Terence Koh

  • Chrysanthemum

    for Installation Snow White, Julia Stoschek collection, porcelain, 2008

Terence Koh

As a commissioned project for Terence Koh (Snow White Installation, Julia Stoschek Collection), Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg has created a series of Chrysamthemums in 2008.

The work of Terence Koh, who was born in China in 1980, takes in drawings, installations, performances, sculptures and prints. It addresses the beauty and sublime transcendence of emptiness, the intertwining of life and death, and constellations of darkness. His works, in which the limits of public and private spheres are renegotiated, distinguish themselves through a precisely defined aestheticism, which often appears both ornate baroque and minimalist at the same time. Existentialist observations are a further hallmark of his work, which questions the traditional understanding of the “White Cube” exhibition concept.

In Koh’s first solo exhibition in a US museum (the Whitney Museum in 2007), the artist clarified this with an installation in glaring, white artificial lighting which was projected from one end of the exhibition space to the other and could also be seen by passers-by outside. This beaming white light – sublime and magical – functioned as a cloak and as an invasive barrier, which was simultaneously alluring.

Koh’s work often includes highly charged metaphors, conveying numerous things that occlude and illuminate a paradoxical meaning. It oscillates between life and death as an essential question of existence itself.

As part of his exhibition in the Zürich Kunsthalle, Koh installed two giant torso sculptures made out of over 700 kilos of white chocolate and more than a tonne of powdered sugar. The central work of the show was a labyrinth composed of 1200 glass vitrines with artifacts soaked in white plaster – a snow-white archive, similar to a cabinet of curiosities. Glaring, bright neon light and layers of artificial powder snow on the floor – a metaphor for beauty in its purest form – accompanied the ensemble, whose total effect was a disruption of the senses akin to snow blindness. The unattainable, perfect pigment of innocence, the “non-colour” of white, became a limitless obsession for the artist. It almost appears as if he has given it a new image.

As a commissioned project for Terence Koh (Snow White Installation, Julia Stoschek Collection), Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg has created a series of Chrysamthemums in 2008.

Terence Koh lives and works in New York.
He graduated with a Bachelor degree from the Emily Carr University in Vancouver.

Solo exhibitions include: Mary Boone Gallery, New York (2011); Captain Buddha, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt (2008); The Whole Family, Peres Projects, Los Angeles (2008); Solo exhibition, Whitney Museum, New York (2006); Gone, Yet Still, Wiener Secession, Vienna (2005).

Group exhibitions include: Skin Fruit, curated by Jeff Koons, New Museum, New York (2010), 53rd Biennale in Venice (2009), Whitney Biennial, New York (2004). Koh's work has been reviewed and published in numerous publications including Frieze, The New York Times, I-D, Purple Magazine, and ArtForum.

Official website: http://www.terencekoh.com/

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