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Exhibition

Onomatopee 119 / Cabinet project
21 Objects for Hesitation and Reimagining Their Many Selves


Location:
Onomatopee Project Space & Office
Hallenweg 1C
5615PP Eindhoven
 
Opening: July 11th, 18:00
Exhibition continues: 12 July – 2 August, 2015
Open Friday - Sunday 13:00-17:00 

 

Based on her performance at the Banff Center in Canada 21 Objects of Hesitation (2013), over the past few years visual artist Helen Cho explored the materiality of ceramics in relation to her experience of diaspora and Korean roots. Especially for the exhibition at Onomatopee she delved into the core material of the earth, clay, to contemplate and explore the notions of moving closer to oneself and one’s external world. Cho re-imagines herself with a series of new objects, videos, photographs, and a performance that will offer an insight into the symbolic value and of the poetics of art object making today.

Helen Cho is a Korean-Canadian artist based in Toronto, Canada. Her artistic practice consists out of various mediums such as poetry, sculpture, drawing, video and performance. Cho shows, both in the physical sense and the manifestation of that, a poignant desire for “object” and “image” making. Highly aware of the complexity of representation of objects, their material, and the prosaic yet seductive qualities of mass-produced materiality gain her attention. Cho’s artistic practice contemplates modest gestures and rituals. Narratives are suggested in seemingly trivial artefacts, locations and transactions of everyday life making her work subtle, sensitive yet outspokenly ‘necessary’. Her current project explores the approachability and allusiveness of ceramics that exists between arts and craft, but also in the artistic, the domestic, and between sheer object- making and performance. Cho researches the traditional medium on its merits to past and future as the terracotta material shows both strength and fragility.

 

Initiated and curated by Renske Janssen
Hosted and co-curated by Kris Dittel
Project assistance: Lidia Vajda

Made possible thanks to the generous support of the Municipality of Eindhoven, the Mondriaan Fonds, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council.

 

 


Publication

21 Objects for Hesitation and Reimagining Their Many Selves
Onomatopee 119

Helen Cho
2015


Price: € 8,00    

Photo Peter Cox

Photo Peter Cox

Helen Cho’s performance 21 Objects of Hesitation (2013-ongoing) explores the materiality of ceramics and the poignancy of their dissemination, in relation to her experience of diaspora and Korean roots. Highly aware of the complexity of representation of objects and the prosaic yet seductive qualities of everyday materiality, Cho brings forth otherwise invisible or neglected phenomena.

In this publication curators Renske Janssen and Kitty Scott reflect on her new body of work, the larger narratives and the way the artist translates them into poetic, seemingly mundane artefacts, films and performances.            

Edited by Renske Janssen
Graphic Design: Gabriela Baka

32 pages

50 gr

Edition 400

ISBN 9789-94-1677-41-0

 




artist edition: The Object for Hesitation is Yours
Onomatopee 119

Helen Cho
2015


Price: € 150,00    

Edition Helen Cho
The Object for Hesitation is Yours, 2013
photo document of the performance at the Banff Centre

Edition Helen Cho The Object for Hesitation is Yours, 2013 photo document of the performance at the Banff Centre

photo print on Baryta paper

30 x 45 cm

edition of 15

signed and numbered 

300 euro including frame 

 








© Onomatopee 2011
Helen Cho, Untitled Base: Ceramic Sculpture in Search of Objects, 2015-ongoing, ceramic, imaginary object;
Photo: Peter Cox
Helen Cho, Untitled Base: Ceramic Sculpture in Search of Objects, 2015-ongoing, ceramic, imaginary object; Photo: Peter Cox


Helen Cho, 21 Objects for Hesitation and Reimagining Their Many Selves, 2015, 21 unfired clay objects, a modest gesture;
Photo Peter Cox
Helen Cho, 21 Objects for Hesitation and Reimagining Their Many Selves, 2015, 21 unfired clay objects, a modest gesture; Photo Peter Cox




Helen Cho, Untitled: paper Suseok formed on 21 rocks from downtown Toronto collected between 2013 and 2014, 2015, papier-mâché;
Photo Peter Cox
Helen Cho, Untitled: paper Suseok formed on 21 rocks from downtown Toronto collected between 2013 and 2014, 2015, papier-mâché; Photo Peter Cox


Helen Cho, (left) Tentatively Entitled: Cloud, 2015, HD video, 3 min 
(right) Helen Cho, Tentatively Entitled: Earth, 2015, HD video, 14 min;
Photo Peter Cox
Helen Cho, (left) Tentatively Entitled: Cloud, 2015, HD video, 3 min (right) Helen Cho, Tentatively Entitled: Earth, 2015, HD video, 14 min; Photo Peter Cox