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Terence Koh is a conceptual artist who translates his ideas through a wide variety of media and by synthesizing different art forms. From sculptural installations to theatrical performances, he explores a broad range of subjects such as identity, sexuality, politics, and the natural world. The work often stems from opposing themes: life and death, purity and perversion, beauty and repulsion, chaos and order. Ritualistic in its production and evocative in its final presentation, Koh’s work expands the discourse on conceptual art.

Terence Koh was born in Beijing, China and raised in Mississauga, Ontario. He received his BA from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver. Koh’s work has shown at institutions internationally, the subject of solo exhibitions at Schim Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany (2011); MUSAC, León, Spain (2008); the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2007); Kunsthalle Zürich, Switzerland (2006); and the Vienna Secession, Austria (2005). His work has also shown at Tate Modern, London, UK; MoMA PS1, Queens, NY; The Garage Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia; and The New Museum, New York, NY. Koh is included in many notable collections, such as the Armand Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Jumex Collection, Mexico City; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; MUSAC, León; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Tate Modern, London; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

Artworks

Terence Koh
bee chapel, 2017
Plywood, beeswax, muslin, wire mesh, beehive, and bees
74 x 60 x 60 inches
(188 x 152.5 x 152.5 cm)
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Terence Koh
saint francis, 2017
Aluminum, muslin, beeswax, rock salt, wooden statue of St. Francis of Assisi, and sunlight
57 x 32 x 141 inches
(145 x 81 x 358 cm)
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Terence Koh
the whole earth, 2017
Wooden baby grand piano, plants, pots, earth, beeswax, and books
Dimensions variable
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Terence Koh
Untitled, 2019
Charcoal on archival paper
24 x 18 inches
(61 x 46 cm)
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Terence Koh
Untitled, 2019
Charcoal on archival paper
24 x 18 inches
(61 x 46 cm)
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Terence Koh
Untitled, 2019
Charcoal on archival paper
24 x 18 inches
(61 x 46 cm)
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Terence Koh
power, sun, rainbow, 2017
Solar-powered neon and earth
Approx. 33 x 70 x 70 inches
(Approx. 84 x 178 x 178 cm)
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Terence Koh
the seamstress for independence, 2016
Custom niche in wall, beeswax, natural died canary
10.5 x 12 x 3.5 inches
(27 x 30.5 x 9 cm)
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Terence Koh
why on earth?, 2017
Buttons (~700)
Dimensions variable
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Terence Koh
why on earth? (detail), 2017
Buttons (~700)
Dimensions variable
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Terence Koh
a light or the deer wondering, earth is quiet, 2016
Beeswax hand, wire, honeycomb, eggshells, apple seeds, apple, branch, matchbox, and stamps in artist’s frame
31 x 21 x 2 inches
(79 x 53.5 x 5 cm)
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Terence Koh
sail forth road the raodrunner runs forth yet still hear, 2016
Honeycomb, pigments, beeswax, vintage postcards, glass lantern slide, and stamps in artist’s frame
31 x 21 x 2 inches
(79 x 53.5 x 5 cm)
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Terence Koh
gone is the wind is the rind of the apples that melt into the hungry mouth, 2016
Beeswax, roots, earth, tree resin, and stamps in artist’s frame
31 x 21 x 2 inches
(79 x 53.5 x 5 cm)
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Terence Koh
in the late summer goldenrods are beaming and our hearts clapping, 2016
Cloth dipped in tumeric, beeswax, honey, natural died bees, honeycomb, and stamps in artist’s frame
31 x 21 x 2 inches
(79 x 53.5 x 5 cm)
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Terence Koh
when illogical humans beecome empty as the sky full of aliens, 2016
31 x 21 x 2 inches
(79 x 53.5 x 5 cm)
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Terence Koh
the light born inside spirals in and out and the universe a ghost, 2016
Vintage postcards, beeswax candle, pollen, sulphur, and stamps in artist’s frame
31 x 21 x 2 inches
(79 x 53.5 x 5 cm)
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Terence Koh
nama dai bosa, 2016
Vintage postcard, beeswax, pollen, pigments, and apple seeds in artist’s frame
31 x 21 x 2 inches
(79 x 53.5 x 5 cm)
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Terence Koh
listen too the ground as the air waves true yoo, 2016
Beeswax of artist’s ear, honeycomb, honey, earth, and stamps in artist’s frame
31 x 21 x 2 inches
(79 x 53.5 x 5 cm)
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán