By Vinciane Jones, Verisart
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Michael Joo (b.1966) is a key figure in second-generation conceptual art, his works explore concepts of identity and knowledge in a hybrid, contemporary world. Joo is interested in paradoxes and frequently blends seemingly disparate elements such as science and religion, fact versus fiction, and high and low culture. Using a range of materials and media, and with an emphasis on process, Joo juxtaposes humanity’s various states of knowledge and culture, addressing the fluid nature of identity itself, and prompting us to question how and why we perceive the world as we do.
Michael Joo’ inaugural NFT, Future Imperfect, was minted on May 3 in exclusive partnership with Verisart and SuperRare as part of 10×10: 10 inaugural NFTs by 10 major contemporary artists over 10 weeks. Bidding closes around 1pm EDT May 6.
Michael Joo’s debut NFT is a layered work, blending themes of science and science fiction, of lived and fictional experience and more. Thinking about his debut NFT, Joo was interested in creating a work with links to a physical process which captured a sense of space, visually and cerebrally. He took as his starting point his 2009 physical installation, Future Imperfect.
Michael Joo explains “In 2008 I had an accident that left me with bones on the outside of my body. Recovery was a delirium of painkillers and science fiction as my body slowly accepted the titanium supports inside. For the sculpture Future Imperfect, made during this time, I acquired actress Grace Park’s third flight-suit from the series Battlestar Galactica and ran it through the same CT scanning and x-ray tech I’d often visit while healing. The work was installed with a geodesic helmet or halo of live feed cameras further examining and broadcasting the space of the absent visage and presented alongside oil paintings of the scans.”
Another layer of the work explores Asian American identities. Grace Park is a Canadian-American actress of Korean descent and Michael Joo is himself Korean American. The artist says, “I have long been interested in the conflict of the fictive identities of Asian Americans presented in American culture with the reality of their/our presence and impact on it.”
Joo describes the original work as “a combination of found objects and technologies on their way to potential obsolescence”. The installation itself is not intended for sale and is currently in storage. The NFT provides a medium for resurrecting the work and allowing it to live on. Joo comments, “during the past year’s pandemic, the suit, intended for the impermanence of its use on set, has begun disintegrating. This NFT will soon be all that is left of it – more permanent and…
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