Sook Jin Jo


Over the past 25 years, Korean-born, New York-based artist Sook Jin Jo has produced drawings, collages, photographs, sculptural assemblages, performances, installations and public works that reveal abiding, interconnected thematic concerns—space and form, destruction and rebirth, material and spiritual, life and death. Jo mainly works with old, abandoned, disappearing wooden materials that people usually don't value; sometimes spaces that have been marginalized, finding in them a certain esthetic and transcendent quality. Fundamentally environmental and deeply personal, Jo has tried to cast awareness on this subtle shift in materials and values by questioning the virtue of evolving industrial mediums and the conventional contemporary esthetics that influence our perception of the world around us.