"Coming of Age in the 90s" - Christopher K. Ho's Studio

Go Inside Christopher K. Ho's Dumbo studio

Friday, January 24
8:00pm to 9:00pm
Dumbo - New York
Past
Studio visit

    Suzy Spence will lead an insightful discussion with artist Christopher K. Ho

    • Guests will receive a complimentary, signed artist's edition
    • Hot toddies and beverages will be served

    This evening event is a unique opportunity to experience Christopher K. Ho's work within the context of his studio, allowing for insight into the ways the artist’s recurring themes intertwine. 

    Ho uses writing, photography, painting and sculpture, moving fluidly among media. Born in Hong Kong, he was raised in Los Angeles, California and later attended boarding school and Ivy League universities in the Northeast. A seemingly assimilated immigrant, he can play the dual role of insider/outsider, scrupulously observing privileged white society while never quite living in it. Such perspective also fuels his appraisals of dominant American culture.

    Ho will sometimes borrow popular iconography from television, fashion, politics or art history; for example recent pieces include a large appropriated portrait of Bill Clinton titled, “First Black President,” and a digital recollaging of Pablo Picasso’s masterpiece, “Demoiselles d’Avignon”.  But as a conceptualist, Ho will also work earnestly to make original objects when the situation demands. For example in 2009 he took hiatius from the art world to live in a rustic studio in Colorado, where he made dozens of traditional oil paintings and a semi-autobiographical novella.

    Ho’s intense meditations are mind-bending, but they are also quite personal, and come off with humor and wit. He wants to engage his audience; he is the opposite of the aloof intellectual. We are lucky to have the artist open his Dumbo studio to us after one of his busiest years.

    About the artist

    Christopher K. Ho

    Christopher K. Ho (born 1974, Hong Kong) is an artist who lives and works in New York City. He graduated from Cornell University in 1997 with a B.F.A. and Columbia University in 2003 with an M.Phil. Ho’s work has been exhibited at MassMoCa, Dallas Contemporary, Jamaica Center for the Arts, Queens Museum of Art, and Socrates Sculpture Park.

    Ho has taught at Rhode Island School of Design and Cranbrook Academy of Art. From 2010 to 2011, he was the Critical Studies Teaching Fellow at Cranbrook Academy of Art. Last January, his solo show Privileged White People opened at Forever & Today, Inc. in New York, accompanied by an interview in Modern Painters. In May, he had another solo show, Demoiselles d’Avignon, at Y Gallery on the Lower East Side. In fall 2013 he showed new works in Philadelphia and completed a project at Storm King Art Center.

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    You spelled additional wrong in the question ;) this was my first time at a gertrude salon! i was really impressed by the overall experience - very calm, time to explore / look at the art, an interesting framing/discussion by the curator and artist. i also appreciated the audience participation and questions - it added some additional depth to hear the responses. i think the venue in particular was great - it's nice to be in the artist's home/workspace as opposed to a gallery or museum. plus it was a really lovely space.


    You spelled additional wrong in the question ;) this was my first time at a gertrude salon! i was really impressed by the overall experience - very calm, time to explore / look at the art, an interesting framing/discussion by the curator and artist. i also appreciated the audience participation and questions - it added some additional depth to hear the responses. i think the venue in particular was great - it's nice to be in the artist's home/workspace as opposed to a gallery or museum. plus it was a really lovely space.

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