Koo Jeong A Koo Jeong A: Constellation Congress

When 5 Nov 2010 - 26 Jun 2011
Where Dia Art Foundation
535 W 22nd Street
New York, NY 10011
United States
Enquiry 10011

Koo Jeong A, Mystral, 2010. Painted wood. Diamona, 2010. Paint.  Courtesy the artist and Dia Art Foundation, New York

November 5, 2010 – June 26, 2011

Press Release:

New York, NY—Dia Art Foundation is pleased to announce Constellation Congress, a three-part exhibition of work by Koo Jeong A (b. 1967) that provides the first opportunity for American audiences to experience in depth the work of this important artist. For over twenty years, Koo Jeong A has been steadily and rigorously constructing a visual language of evocative riddles and playful environments that highlight the idiosyncrasies of the world around us.

Organized by Yasmil Raymond, Dia’s curator, the exhibition comprises compelling, multifaceted projects in three locations: an immersive installation of newly commissioned works created for Dia at The Hispanic Society of America, in northern Manhattan; an outdoor sculpture at Dia:Beacon, in Beacon, New York; and a new series of works on paper at The Dan Flavin Art Institute, in Bridgehampton, New York. All three venues will open to the public on Friday, November 5, 2010, with the projects at The Hispanic Society and Dia:Beacon remaining on view through June 26, 2011, and that at The Dan Flavin Art Institute through September 4, 2011.

Ms. Raymond states, “It has been a great honor for all of us at Dia to work with Koo Jeong A on the creation of this three-part exhibition. Constellation Congress is an unprecedented project in her career, in both scale and complexity, and the three different exhibition sites have literally become production sites, where new ideas have materialized over the course of the last five months. Dia is proud to facilitate this project, and to be a conduit for the ambitions of Koo Jeong A and other artists of our time.”

In Koo Jeong A’s work, nothing is ordinary; on the contrary, any object—be it a pile of charcoal, a piece of iron, or a puddle of water—is given dignity and reverence and incites the surprise of a first encounter. Her presentation for Dia at The Hispanic Society will be the fourth in Dia’s multiyear series of projects by contemporary artists for the Society’s Beaux-Arts buildings, in Washington Heights. Occupying the Society’s East Building Gallery, Koo Jeong A’s installation will comprise new multimedia works that were commissioned by Dia. These will include architectural interventions loosely evoking feng shui principles and a dual-projection video installation. Additionally, Koo Jeong A created an olfactory artwork, Before the Rain (2010) in collaboration with perfumer Bruno Jovanovic, of International Flavors & Fragrances, Inc., that employed ingredients such as dry woods, minerals, fern, musk, tar, and lichens, among others.

At Dia:Beacon, Koo Jeong A will present a new iteration of the outdoor sculpture A Reality Upgrade & End Alone(2003/2010), last seen at the 2009 Venice Biennale, consisting of approximately five thousand glittering stones installed in the two-acre field behind Dia:Beacon.

The exhibition at The Dan Flavin Art Institute will comprise new works on paper installed in the first-floor gallery. This presentation marks the first time in many years that the gallery has been used to display newly commissioned work, rather than selections from Dia’s collection.

In conjunction with Constellation Congress, Dia will work with the artist to produce an original publication. Though Koo Jeong A has been making significant work over the past two decades, this will be the first study of her practice published in the United States. The volume will include a text by exhibition curator Yasmil Raymond and newly commissioned essays by art historian Molly Nesbit and Harvard University Professor of Astronomy Dimitar Sasselov, among others.

Koo Jeong A
Koo Jeong A was born in Seoul, Korea, in 1967, and studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Since 1994, her work has been shown internationally, including solo presentations at Kunsthalle St. Gallen, Switzerland (1994); the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (1994); Moderna Museet, Stockholm (1998); Secession, Vienna (2002); CCA Kitakyushu, Japan (2002); Portikus, Frankfurt (2004); and Aspen Art Museum, Aspen (2008). She has participated in the Venice Biennale (1995 and 2009); the Gwangju Biennial (1997); the Echigo Tsumari Art Triennial, Tokyo (2000); Manifesta 1, Rotterdam (1996), and Manifesta 3, Slovenia (2000); the Biennale of Sydney (2004); Performa05, New York (2005); the Torino Triennale, Italy (2008) and the Aichi Triennale, Japan (2010). Her work has been presented in group exhibitions at such venues as the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (1998), the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (2000), Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2009) and is on view until February 2011 at the Centre Pompidou, Paris (2010). In 2004, she was invited, along with Urs Fischer, to create an inaugural in situ installation of new works to launch the exhibition program at the Centre Pompidou’s Espace 315 gallery and in 2007 Centre International d’Art et du Paysage, Ile de Vassivière, France, mounted a major exhibition of her work. She also participated in the internationally touring exhibition Cities on the move, curated by Hou Hanru and Hans-Ulrich Obrist (1997–1999). She now lives and works in London.

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