Michael Joo


The sculptures of Korean artist Michael Joo focus on the process of energy transfer between visible organisms and invisible calories and energy sources. Also of interest to the artist is how the body expends calories as it copes with the mental strain of dealing with social and historical identity. Joo created an installation of modeled cast resin dogs titled “Separation Anxiety” that depict the animal during that particular emotional state. These works seem to make reference to artist Joseph Beuys, as when he lived alongside a live coyote in a gallery in his “I Like America and America Likes Me” installation in New York City. Joo is a graduate of Washington University and received an M.F.A. from Yale University School of Art. In 2001, he represented Korea at the Venice Biennale, and, last year, the artist was featured in the Gwangju Biennale in Seoul, Korea. Joo has exhibited with organizations such as the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts in San Francisco and the Palm Beach Institute of the Contemporary Art (PBICA), which is discussed in an article on absolutearts.com. Michael Joo also appeared in a review in Art in America and a review in Artforum for his 2004 exhibition at the MIT List Visual Art Center.