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Jae Ko

New Work / An Installation

Fall 2010


untitled JK709, 2010
rolled paper and glue,
67 x 23 x 16.5 inches
For her sixth solo exhibition at the Marsha Mateyka Gallery, well known Washington artist, Jae Ko has created a large, site-specific, wall hung sculpture.  Using only adding machine paper and glue, she has created a columnar cluster of tightly coiled, spiraling, abstract forms that appear to tumble, twist and turn on themselves.  The cream color of this piece is one of her signature colors along with black and red. Additional new works are also available.   This exhibition will be on view through November 27.

Within the last decade Jae Ko's sculptures have been exhibited in numerous gallery and museum exhibitions throughout the country and abroad.  Her work is in the permanent collections of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington DC.

Concurrently, Jae Ko's work is on view in two museum exhibitions.

At the Phillips Collection in Washington DC, Jae Ko has used 800 rolls of brown kraft paper to create "Force of Nature", a three-part sculptural installation conceived specifically for the Phillips, as part of the museum's "Intersections" series.
It occupies a space that connects the Goh Annex and the Sant Building. (See below for installation details and images.)

"Monochromatic, monumental in scale and overall impact, and free of any specific content or message, whether conceptual, ecological, or political, "Force of Nature" dwells on the sheer beauty and power of natural forces, within architectural confines." (brochure, "Force of Nature", Jae Ko, at the Phillips Collection)

On Thursday, October 28, at 6:30 pm, Jae Ko will discuss this work with Vesela Sretenovic, Curator of modern and contemporary art, at the Phillips, in an artist-curator dialogue. An installation video can also be viewed at:

At the Taubman Museum in Roanoke, Virginia, the artist's work is on view in
"Jae Ko: Paper". This exhibition presents an overview of her sculpture from 1996-2009 and includes some of her earliest large scale forms using black Sumi ink. As elsewhere, her materials are limited to paper, water, ink and glue.
This exhibition will be on view through January 16, 2011.

Jae Ko: "Force of Nature", 2010, rolled Kraft paper
room installation at the Phillips Collection, Washington, DC
September 30 - February 20, 2011
Commissioned for the "Intersections" exhibition program at the museum.

Available works by Jae Ko