Wednesday, June 17, 2014 Artist Walk and Talk with Jae Ko
On June 17, 2015 the International Sculpture Center in collaboration with Grounds For Sculpture hosted ISConnects: Artist Walk and Talk with Jae Ko. This intimate event was attended by thirty ISC Members, and sculpture enthusiasts from the surrounding community. Jae Ko presented an artist talk surrounding her largest installation to date, an 80-foot long paper installation titled Force of Nature, Shiro, in the East Gallery at Grounds For Sculpture. Guests then took a stroll to the Domestic Arts Building to view more works from her Selections exhibition. Upon describing her unique use of paper, Ko said “Finding material is the critical part, and the most fun part, because I really like to use something that nobody ever really used.” She also discussed her inspiration for her installation Forces of Nature, Shiro, saying “It’s about the environment. It’s what you felt before it. It’s critical that I change my concept and plan.”
After the conversation, guests enjoyed a reception in the Domestic Arts Building and had a chance for one-on-one conversation with Jae Ko.
Jae Ko lives and works in Washington D.C. She has been working with paper for the last twenty years and with rolled paper in particular for fifteen years. Inspiration for her sculptures comes from topographic, geologic, industrial architecture, and constructivist forms, as well as the long standing tradition in the use of and profound importance of paper in Korean, Chinese, and Japanese cultures. Jae Ko received her BFA from Wako University, Tokyo, Japan (1988) and her MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD (1998). She was one of the ten national recipients of the 2012 Anonymous Was a Woman award, and has been the subject of a number of solo and group shows.
ISConnects is an exciting collaborative effort between the International Sculpture Center and other world-renowned organizations. Launched in 2011, ISConnects explores the unique perspectives on sculpture in the contemporary art world. Together, the ISC and its partner organizations offer intimate and accessible programming that addresses cutting-edge, timely trends in sculpture through lively and insightful discourse.
This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/ Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as the Johnson Art and Education Foundation.