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PRESENCE: Richard Tsao, Seokmin Ko, Zhang Jian-Jun

Installation view of eight works from Seokmin Ko’s The Square series in Presence at Art Projects International, New York, 2017.

Installation view of three works by Zhang Jian-Jun in Presence at Art Projects International, New York, 2017.

Installation view of three works by Richard Tsao in Presence at Art Projects International, New York, 2017.

RICHARD TSAO, Round 71, 1997, oil on paper, 22 1/4 x 15 inches (56.5 x 38.1 cm), monotype

Reception: Thursday, March 16, 6-8pm

Art Projects International is pleased to present Presence, a three-artist exhibition on view from March 7 to April 8, 2017. The artists Richard Tsao, Seokmin Ko and Zhang Jian-Jun explore the nature of presence. This special presentation will coincide with Asia Week New York.

Richard Tsao‘s color-saturated mixed-media work takes extended periods of time to unfold and is created by pooling and flowing pigments, allowing natural chance to have its say. The works on view including Glacier and Solar and Solaris are works created in Tsao’s specially designed “flood room” studio. Those familiar with Tsao’s work will recognize his unrestrained use of color which seems to appropriately present itself in just the right balance. With pigment thoroughly encrusting the canvas or wood supports and with sections of the encrustations sticking out well beyond the supports’ edges, Tsao’s works are less painted than accumulated—they may be years in the making.

A comprehensive survey of Seokmin Ko‘s widely acclaimed photographic series The Square includes 15 photographs some of which are on view for the first time. In Ko’s The Square—a multi-year, ongoing project—a mirror shown reflecting its surrounding is held in a field, or in the sea, or on a road. Two hands gripping the mirror’s edge are the only clue of the holder’s presence. In The Square 08, a mirror leans against a tree and the holder’s gloves are simply placed. No person is visible yet the gloves stand in for the human.

In Zhang Jian-Jun‘s photographs from his Vestiges of a Process series “rough” paper is used to hold the image and draw attention to itself. The images of Shanghai Shi-Ku-Men architecture, a blending of European and Chinese styles from the 20’s and 30’s, are stamped with official looking red markings that read “tear down.” Once existing in consort with real buildings marked for destruction, now—that the buildings are gone—Zhang’s art works are the most real thing left even as they announce themselves as only paper. It is this paper’s interplay with the real that points to the fluidity between idea, thing, document and memory.


Richard Tsao (b.1954, Bangkok, Thailand) is based in New York. He is known for using a process oriented, labor intensive approach and particular aesthetic of beauty in creating paintings and works on paper. Recent solo exhibitions: Richard Tsao: Works from Industry City, Art Projects International, New York (2014); Richard Tsao: Nam Wan, Art Projects International, New York (2010); Richard Tsao: Flooding, Art Link, Seoul, Korea (2008); Flood, Chambers Fine Art, New York (2005); Portraits, 100 Tonson Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand (2004). His work is represented in major collections including the Weatherspoon Art Museum, Arkansas Arts Center Foundation Collection and Montefiore Fine Art Collection, New York. Reviews and articles about Richard Tsao have appeared in major publications including the New York Times, Art in America, and Art Asia Pacific.

Seokmin Ko (b. 1984, Gunsan, Korea) is based in Seoul, Korea. Recipient of many prestigious awards including the 2012 SongEun ArtCube Artist award, Ko’s first U.S. solo exhibition was presented in 2012 at Art Projects International, New York. Other solo exhibitions include Seokmin Ko: Strip Show, Art Projects International, New York (2014); Seokmin Ko, Shinsegae Gallery, Gwangju, Korea (2013); and Seokmin Ko: The Square, SongEun ArtCube, Seoul (2012). Recent exhibitions include Mirror Mirror, Spacemom Museum of Art, Chongju, Korea (2016); Summer Love, SongEun Art Space, Seoul (2015); 2014 FOTOSEPTIEMBRE USA, San Antonio, Texas (2014). His work is represented in major collections including the Fidelity Corporate Art Collection, Boston; SongEun Art and Cultural Foundation, Seoul; and Montefiore Collection, New York. Reviews and feature articles about Seokmin Ko have appeared in major publications including CNN Photos, Artnews, Photo+, and Art in Culture.

Zhang Jian-Jun (b. 1955, Shanghai, China) is based in Shanghai, China. Widely exhibited, Zhang has shown extensively in Asia, Europe and the United States and his work was exhibited as part of Ink Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2014. Other recent museum exhibitions include: The 1980s: Early Works by Jian-Jun Zhang (1978-1988), Yuz Museum, Shanghai (2015); The 12th National Art Exhibition: Section of Experimental Art, Today Art Museum, Beijing (2014); Portrait of the Times: 30 Years of Chinese Contemporary Art, Power Station of Art, Shanghai (2013); Shanshui, Kunstmuseum Luzern, Switzerland (2011); Chinese Window, Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland (2010-11). His work is represented in major collections including the Uli Sigg Collection, Switzerland; M+, Hong Kong; Frederick R. Weisman Foundation of Art, CA; Djerassi Foundation Permanent Collection, CA; Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China; Shenzhen Art Institute, Shenzhen, China; Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China; JP Morgan, Hong Kong; Genentech, CA; and White Rabbit Collection, Sydney, Australia.

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