Terence Koh - Contemporary Art Evening London Thursday, February 11, 2010 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Peres Projects, Berlin

  • Exhibited

    Vienna, Wiener Secession, Association of Visual Artists, Terence Koh: Gone, Yet Still, 7 July – 4 September 2005

  • Literature

    A. Bronson, B. Benderson, B. LaBruce, P. Aarons, S. Momin, Terence Koh: Gone, Yet Still, Vienna, 2005 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    Terence Koh’s evocative installation, Gone, Yet Still (Untitled 2), captures sublimely the emotionally charged notions of death, loss, lust and desire – the essence of his varied and acclaimed oeuvre. The objects on display are highly considered, found and selected from a variety of places ranging from flea markets to specialist porcelain shops. They exude the kitsch, the fetishised, the cult and the gothic, their meaning produced by a tightly interwoven narration of Koh’s private life and a range of subcultural fields like sex, drugs and music.
    Koh frequently employs trivial materials, which are then transformed in the artistic process into an almost classical aesthetic. Collecting the objects as if producing a catalogue of dreams and secrets installed in a cabinet of curiosities of unattainable truths about the hidden life of the artist’s mind, Koh subjects all of his treasures to a ritualistic purification by removing their histories, personalities and their identities as he submerges them in white paint, plaster or wax. The use of white comes with a number of symbolically charged associations: purity, the sublime, and innocence. The objects now appear cleansed, as if baptized, yet the whiteness also induces a sense of emptiness and sorrow as the objects no longer feel alive but preserved and removed from our reality.


Gone, Yet Still (Untitled 2)

Mixed media installation comprised of paint, plaster, wax and organic materials in 17 glass vitrines.
Installation dimensions variable; approximately as illustrated: 210 × 107 × 150 cm. (82 3/4 × 42 1/8 × 59 in).
This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.

£40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for £67,250

Contemporary Art Evening

12 Feb 2010