Jae Ko has made a name for herself with elegantly simple wall sculptures made from her signature material: coils of adding machine tape. Recently, the Washington artist has begun to branch out, with looser installations like her recent, site-specific “Force of Nature”at the Phillips Collection, made from unstructured rolls of brown kraft paper.
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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