EF Volvaria, 2022
EF Volvaria, 2022 

Koo Jeong A aⁿ + bⁿ = cⁿ

14/09/2023 - 03/11/2023


Koo Jeong A is constantly in orbit and lives and works everywhere. Koo is a multidisciplinary artist, who has developed a large and dynamic body of work since the early 1990s. In their practice, architectural elements, texts, drawings, paintings, sculptures, animations, sound, film, installation, words, and scents play a significant role. With these diverse elements Koo creates poetic, immersive, yet minimal interventions and installations. At Albarrán Bourdais Koo has made several new works, works that clearly shows Koo’s interest in both mathematical issues and astronomical topics. The title of the exhibition itself an + bn = cn is a piece of math, so even before we have encountered the actual works Koo hints at what is at stake.
The main work is a huge tubular slope, a “halo”, which relates to the German mathematician August Ferdinand Möbius (1790-1868). Möbius worked with geometry, theoretical astronomy, and coined the mathematical object Möbius strip, Möbius band, or Möbius loop in 1858. The Möbius strip is basically a ring, circular shape with non-orientable surface, made of a half-twisted strip. Koo’s version of the Möbius strip has an extra twist – since Koo has cut away pieces at its intersections and materialized these cuts as enlarged sculptures. These sculptural elements are shown both indoor (as red lacquered wood in a scale ½) or outdoor (as Moon Grey Stone for Solo Houses) use and can be experienced as a gigantic puzzle. Koo’s new half-twisted strip represents partly entanglement, connectedness, and at the same time fragmentedness and independency – the elements dependency of each other are interactive. Koo shares Möbius’s interest for astronomy and is constantly referring to fluidity, voids, space, lightness, weightlessly, and posthuman beings in the work. It tempting to describe the outcuts as moonlets – like Saturn has its moonlets Dione, Enceladus, Epimetheus, Prometheus, Mimas, Rhea, Janus, Tethys, and Titan – since these new sculptures are constantly orbiting around each other. Inside and outside.