Washington sculptor Jae Ko is known for works made from coiled adding machine tape. (Marsha Mateyka Gallery)
The nine pieces on view in “Jae Ko: Recent Sculpture” at the Marsha Mateyka Gallery — all made from coils of adding machine tape brushed with glue and red or black ink — were inspired by the gnarled texture of bristlecone pines that Ko saw during a trip to California. Like those ancient trees, which can look dead, though they are still living, Ko’s recent sculptures have an energy that animates and enlivens.
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Ko’s largest piece at the gallery is a serpentine, 13-foot-long floor sculpture, colored with black sumi ink. (Marsha Mateyka Gallery) The play of light and shadow is an integral park of Ko’s work, as in these two untitled pieces. (Marsha Mateyka Gallery) Ko’s coiled paper sculptures sometimes resemble giant, deformed augers. There is a tension between the organic and the machine-made. (Marsha Mateyka Gallery) The calligraphic elegance and minimalist contemporary flair of the work contrasts nicely with the gallery’s hundred-year-old architecture. (Marsha Mateyka Gallery)
Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Michael O’Sullivan has worked since 1993 at The Washington Post, where he covers art, film and other forms of popular — and unpopular — culture.