Jae Ko
Opera Gallery London

Opera Gallery is pleased to present Korean/American artist Jae Ko's first solo exhibition in London. Featuring wall-mounted works and freestanding sculptures, the selection traces Jae Ko's distinctive visual language with elegant ellipses, spirals, and ribbon installations made of recycled paper soaked in vats of ink. Her biomorphic creations address the relationship between humans, nature, and writing, all of which focus on an expressive form of figuration resonant with movement and the chromatic interplay of fluid, organic form. Informed by her Korean roots as much as by her training in Japan and subsequent career in the US, her works seamlessly combine and challenge the principles of these traditions. Jae Ko aims 'to present the hidden forces of nature', drawing connections with traditional East Asian beliefs that a vital force animates all living entities, flowing through all aspects of nature.

Jae Ko

JK2138 Magenta
2022
Rolled paper, Sumi ink and pigmented ink
101.6 x 152.4 x 5.1 cm | 40 x 60 x 2 in

Jae Ko

JK709 Cream
2010
Rolled paper and glue
170 x 60 x 42 cm | 66.9 x 23.6 x 16.5 in

Jae Ko

JK726 Black
2018
Sumi ink, graphite powder and glue
31 x 27 x 79 cm | 12.2 x 10.6 x 31.1 in

Jae Ko

JK2105 Ultramarine Blue with Black
2021
Rolled paper, pigmented ink and glue
122 x 132 x 8 cm | 48 x 52 x 3.1 in

Jae Ko

JK454 Wine Carmine with Orange
2014-2017
Rolled paper, colour pigment and glue
38 x 51 x 13 cm | 15 x 20.1 x 5.1 in

Jae Ko

JK2153 Sky Blue
2022
Rolled paper, colour pigment and glue
132 x 101 x 5 cm | 52 x 39.8 x 2 in

Jae Ko

JK2052 Black with Grey
2019
Rolled paper, coloured ink and glue
77 x 155 x 7.5 cm | 30.3 x 61 x 3 in

Jae Ko

JK232 Black
2010
Rolled paper, Sumi ink and glue
125 x 66 x 17 cm | 49.2 x 26 x 6.7 in

Jae Ko

JK2160 Red and Indian Yellow
2022
Rolled paper, pigmented ink and glue
104 x 65 x 14 cm | 40.9 x 25.6 x 5.5 in

Jae Ko

JK439 Red and Indian Yellow
2022
Rolled paper, pigmented ink and glue
105 x 55 x 14 cm | 41.3 x 21.7 x 5.5 in

Jae Ko

JK2113 Ultramarine Blue
2021
Rolled paper, Sumi ink and pigmented ink
81.3 x 81.3 x 12.7 cm | 32 x 32 x 5 in

Jae Ko

JK1036 Ultramarine Blue
2018-2019
Rolled paper, colour pigment and glue
92 x 61 x 18 cm | 36.2 x 24 x 7.1 in

Jae Ko

JK2159 Red and Indian Yellow
2022
Rolled paper, pigmented ink and glue
55 x 104 x 14 cm | 21.7 x 40.9 x 5.5 in

Jae Ko

JK365 Crimson
2015
Rolled paper, colour pigment and glue
56 x 44 x 15 cm | 22 x 17.3 x 5.9 in