DOOSAN Gallery New York is pleased to present ‘No Dog Walking on the Roof,’ a solo exhibition of work by Donghee Koo, from April 5 to May 5, 2012. The exhibition features media arts and an installation which invite the viewer to the perception of uncertainty.
Koo meticulously visualizes and directs awkward and incomplete stories into her media works, which express the contradictions and absurdities of her ordinary life. When she received a letter from her apartment supervisor saying, “No dog walking on the roof,” she focused on how this equivocal phrase could be interpreted into different meanings. This title defines her working method and the ambiguous interpretations of her works.
For Witnesses, Koo plausibly stages the clichés of people in sunglasses, from different perspectives. She applies existing visual forms, yet constantly pursues change through atypical plot, endless repetitions, and sudden closure. For her, the ‘media art’ only holds the meaning of ‘medium’ which can depict moments that may not be described in words. This often deceives or confuses the viewer, but at the same time opens a door to new interpretations.
Donghee Koo was born in 1974 in Seoul, Korea. She received B.F.A in Sculpture from Hongik University in Seoul, Korea and M.F.A. in Sculpture from Yale University in Connecticut, USA. She has held solo exhibitions at Atelier Hermes (2008, Seoul, Korea), and Akademie Schloss Solitude (2005, Stuttgart, Germany). Her works have also been included in numerous group exhibitions at Centre Pompidou (2011, Paris, France), Plateau (2011, Seoul, Korea), Artsonje Center (2010, Seoul, Korea), Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art (2010, Ansan, Korea), Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art (2010, Adelaide, Australia), Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art (2009, Kagawa, Japan), Nam June Paik Art Center (2009, Yongin, Korea), The 7th Gwangju Biennale (2008, Gwangju, Korea) and Peres Project (2007, Berlin, Germany).