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Ko Am

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KO AM

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Ko Am was born in Gunsan, Korea in 1971 and trained in sculpture at Accademia di belle Arti di Brera in Italy in 2006. Tactile and inviting, Ko’s work is paradoxical – appearing simultaneously solid yet afloat, heavy yet buoyant. The hard, cold nature of metal is tempered and reformed by a unique addition: the organic, weightlessness of air. Each of the individual squares within the structures is air-blown by hand to become, in fact, an inflated, three-dimensional ‘cushion’. As such, metal becomes the medium through which Ko expresses softness, and the pieces possess a duality of form; the solidity of their substantial exterior is balanced by the delicacy of each of these minute, private pockets. Ko’s work is an attempt to express how a lack of communication in society has led people to retreat into their private spaces, making interaction more difficult. For Ko, the character of metal is similar to ourselves living in contemporary society; in softening the appearance of this urban material, Ko wants to retrieve the other face behind the cynicism of urban people and allow them to reconnect. There is a tension in Ko’s work between repetition and variety – mirroring this same balance within the individual, who can be both fastidious and unyielding as well as flexible and spontaneous. His first solo show in the UK, Ko has enjoyed previous solo exhibitions in Seoul and Tokyo, alongside extensive exhibitions in Italy.


Stool Stainless Steel 400 x 400 x 400 mm, 2011


Table Stainless Steel 600 x 600 x 600 mm, 2011


Overlap Tilt BS4 Stainless Steel 200 x 150 x 600 mm, 2011


Overlap5 Stainless Steel 300 x 200 x 1200 mm, 2011


tetris series

Tetris B1 Stainless Steel 200 x 200 x 800 mm, 2012

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black


Tetris B2 Stainless Steel 400 x 200 x 600 mm, 2012


Tetris B3 Stainless Steel 400 x 200 x 600 mm, 2012


Tetris B4 Stainless Steel 400 x 200 x 600 mm, 2012


Tetris B5 Stainless Steel 400 x 200 x 400 mm, 2012


tetris series

Tetris G1 Stainless Steel 200 x 200 x 800 mm, 2012

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gold


Tetris G2 Stainless Steel 400 x 200 x 600 mm, 2012


Tetris G3 Stainless Steel 400 x 200 x 600 mm, 2012


Tetris G4 Stainless Steel 400 x 200 x 600 mm, 2012


Tetris B5 Stainless Steel 400 x 200 x 400 mm, 2012


Posta B Stainless Steel 320 x 320 x 800 mm, 2013


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Ko Am  

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Ko Am  

Cell Cubed