Composed of thirty-three glass cases, Terence Koh’s mixed-media sculpture at first glance might be mistaken for a display in a museum of natural history. Most of the vitrines contain one or two whitewashed objects— organic matter, mock artifacts, and seemingly random knickknacks—that are tokens from his childhood, friends, and lovers, and from flea markets. Koh celebrates the ephemeral nature of the work by embracing the effects of entropy, including the eventual decay of the slowly molding replica of his head. Taken together, the capsules stand almost as a shrine preserving meaningful relics from various chapters of the artist’s life. Infamous for his sexually explicit performances, photographs, and Web site, Koh first gained attention as his online alter ego, “asianpunkboy.” Untitled (Vitrines) provides a quiet, introspective counterpoint to this flamboyant public persona.
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Terence Koh (born China, 1977). Untitled (Vitrines), 2006. Mixed media, variable. Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Peres Projects, Inc., 2008.34. © artist or artist's estate
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33 glass cases with objects of various media, including porcelain, wood, metal, bone, plastic, bronze, plaster, and paint. Dimensions vary with installation.
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