Sculpting with Air: Ian McMahon and Jong Oh

Jong Oh, Compo-site #15, 2016
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On View Apr 20, 2018 - Sep 30, 2018
Exhibition Location: Museum

Linde Gallery, Foster Galleries

This spring, two contemporary sculptors will create very different site-specific artworks at deCordova by shaping the intangible element of air. Ian McMahon creates voluminous, pillow-like forms using an innovative technique of sprayed plaster. Jong Oh fashions almost imperceptible structures with string, wire, and Plexiglas. While McMahon emphasizes materiality, solidity, and containment, Oh focuses on transparency, lightness, and expansiveness. Despite the enormous contrasts, the two sculptors’ work is complementary. Both reshape space by exploring tension, balance, and force. They challenge our perceptions of gravity and perspective by creating forms that expand into the galleries.

Special Behind-the-Scenes Opportunity

McMahon and Oh emphasize process, and often make their installations at specific locations, rather than in their studios. At deCordova, they will create original, temporary sculptures that respond to the Museum’s unique exhibition spaces. Allowing visitors to share in their creative process, the Museum will be open to the public while the two artists are working from April 4-8 and 11-15, 2018. The finished works open to the public on April 20, 2018

Ian McMahon

Ian McMahon was born in 1982 in Ithaca, NY. He earned a BFA in Ceramics from Alfred University and MFA in Sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University. His work has been shown both nationally and internationally including at Crane Arts, Philadelphia; Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute, Jingdezhen, China; Pierogi Boiler Room, New York; and Suyama Space, Seattle. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Virginia A. Groot Foundation in 2016 and the New York Foundation for the Arts in 2014. He is also the co-founder and director of the Belfry, an artist-run exhibition space.

Jong Oh

Jong Oh was born in 1981 in Mauritania, North Africa and moved to Korea at age 15. He earned his BFA from Hongik University, Seoul and his MFA from School of Visual Art, New York. He has had recent solo exhibitions at the University of Connecticut Art Galleries, Krinziger, Austria; Jochen Hempel, Leipzig; and MARSO, Mexico City. In 2011, Oh was one of twelve artists in FIRST LOOK at the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, a juried show of leading art graduates in the United States. In 2014 he won a competition to create a large scale public installation along the Hudson River in Peekskill, New York. Oh currently lives and works in New York, New York.