John Souza (July 24)

H Sculpture Show by Koh Byoung Ok

Curated by John Souza

Press Release

Date: July 24, 2010
Reception: Saturday, July 24, 7-9 pm

1904 East 7th Place
Los Angeles, CA 90021 USA
213 488 1280

H Sculpture Show
In this exhibition, PØST presents works by Koh Byoung Ok who envisions his art as a movement of entropy-seeking energy.

Starting with an accumulation of ideas recounting memories and moments of inspiration, Koh Byoung Ok’s method for making art proceeds as a succession of erasures which wipe away unnecessary or unwanted parts from what he intends to produce. In the course of this process, attachments to feelings like solitude and loneliness, for example, are played out with an element of humor that enables the artist to contemplate the meaninglessness of things and art’s ability to summon or simulate the best meaningless thing. Byoung Ok erases until the “it” he’s looking for cannot be edited any further. When he finds what he’s wants, he responds with his ongoing hunch that the rest of the world sees his art practice as meaningless. So, the artist’s concepts always have a built-in order that allows them to move toward their own idiosyncratic values (tones, pitches) considered to be white noise. His work is never a criticism of things that may be inevitable, but rather it always honors the predictability that all things occur within one’s illusion of reality. It is simply a reduction of Byoung Ok’s conditions, intuitions and observations presented for the purpose of transference to a viewer before the certainty of their own reverberation, now in suspension, transpires.

One way to understand the artist’s process is to take the passenger seat in his car while he is on the road. His 2000 model motor vehicle has a build up of dust and 60,000 miles on it. The dust collects because Byoung Ok parks it most of the year in a lot on the east end of Wilshire Boulevard’s historical Miracle Mile. The car’s accumulated mileage is explained by the artist’s treks to places like Death Valley, Crater Lake, Yellowstone, Zaka Lake and the Grand Canyon where he thinks about his art. This resolve to think about art is realized with a wag and a wink that includes an additional embedded Popeye-style insight — in the end, “I makes what I make.”

For further information please contact HK Zamani at 213 488 1280 or email

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