**May 13th- June 24th, 2017*** Opening reception: May 13th 7-10pm**
Artist Talk: June 11th 2-4pm**
Gallery hours: Sat 11-5pm
Platform Gallery is pleased to present JOY & PAIN, on view at 116 W Mulberry Street. JOY & PAIN is a solo exhibition of works by HEIN KOH, an artist currently living and working in Brooklyn, NY. JOY & PAIN is a new body of work by Koh that is complete with programming throughout span of the exhibition.
JOY & PAIN is a multidisciplinary body of work by Hein Koh which includes drawings and sculpture. Koh’s sculptures and drawings investigate the everyday relationship between mind and body while prioritizing inclusivity with audience. Koh uses the nuances of her life as an artist, partner, and mother of twins to inform her practice. Relatable materials like spandex and glitter, establish inclusivity with the audience through humor and beauty, while iconography and scale are segways to larger overarching themes. Bright and shiny sculptures made from synthetic materials contrast and highlight Koh’s unreserved honesty in displaying the mind’s relationship to the body.
Join us Sunday June 11th from 2-4pm for an artist talk by Hein Koh on her solo exhibition, JOY & PAIN. This discussion will be moderated by Marcus Civin.
MARCUS CIVIN is Associate Dean in Graduate Studies at Maryland Institute College of Art. He seems to be attracting panels. He was on two at Brown University this Spring. His writing has appeared in Afterimage, Artforum, Artslant, Art Papers, Aufgabe, Urbanite, The Courtland Review, The Capilano Review, Recaps Magazine, [out of nothing], kadar koli, Nerve Lantern, and No Gender: Reflections on the Life and Work of kari edwards. His text “Megaphone!” was published by Press Press. He has exhibited at School 33 in Baltimore, Angels Gate Cultural Center in San Pedro, Boston Center for the Arts, and Recess Art in New York. He has performed in fields, basements, garages, classrooms, at The Kitchen in New York, LAXART and The Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, Transmodern in Baltimore and The Supernova Performance Art Festival in Rosslyn, Virginia.
“Working with both fabric and hydrocal, my colorful and kooky sculptures range from soft, anthropomorphic, surrealist forms that clearly reference the body, to hard, gloppy and glittery pop representations of everyday objects and icons. I’m interested in exploring the body on a psychological, metaphorical and spiritual level, as well as creating a lexicon of meaning and reflection, based on memory, personal experiences, and symbology. Bright colors, the softness of stuffed fabric, and everyday imagery denote accessibility and familiarity, referencing domestic items such as toys, furniture and clothing. However, these belie an undercurrent of dark humor as well as perversion, resulting in a unique tension. Thus, my practice serves as a deep investigation of the psyche and collective consciousness, revealing itself to be uncanny as well as psychologically complex.”
- Hein Koh
HEIN KOH is an artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She graduated from Dartmouth College with a dual B.A. in Studio Art and Psychology, and received her M.F.A. in Painting from Yale University School of Art. She is a recipient of a Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation Grant, and did a residency at Artists in the Marketplace program at the Bronx Museum of the Arts. Her work has received press in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Brooklyn Rail, The Huffington Post, Hyperallergic, i-D, Bust Magazine, and Vice Magazine, among other publications. She was also recently interviewed on the Sound and Vision podcast, run by artist Brian Alfred. In addition, she has taught and/or lectured at Tyler School of Art, Dartmouth College, Maryland Institute College of Art, and the School of Visual Arts.