Cemetery, Suburb, City

Curated by Bill Carroll

May 25–June 3, 2019

Opening Reception May 29, 6–8 PM

Working with sculptural elements and lens-based imagery such as aerial photography, EFA Studio Member Ming-Jer Kuo investigates the city, playing with perspective and scale to capture the complexity, mystery, and changing patterns of urban space. 20|20 Gallery presents a selection of prints from Kuo's Cemetery, City Shape and Suburban Housing series as well as a site-specific installation.

Cities operate as organic systems and grow, decay and change with time. In some cities where construction is more prevalent, nature is often squeezed out during the urban developing process. In other highly developed urban areas, nostalgia for nature triggers urban planners to include nature, by creating man-made nature. Having grown up in Taipei City, Taiwan, Ming-Jer Kuo has been interested in urban areas since childhood. The experience of living in New York City, one of the great metropolises of the world, inspired him to research the city and urban development. Through visual analysis and conceptual research, Kuo uncovers urban patterns and unseen structures.

Ming-Jer Kuo (born in Taipei, Taiwan) is a New York-based artist and member of the EFA Studio Program. He graduated from MFA Photography, Video and Related Media at School of Visual Arts in 2014. Kuo’s work has been exhibited in solo and group shows of Gallery Sejul in Seoul (2017), QCC Art Gallery in NYC (2017), El Museo de Los Sures in NYC (2017), NARS NYC (2016), Gallery Aferro in Newark, NJ (2016), New York Hall of Science in NYC (2015), Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art in NYC (2015), Fotoaura Institute of Photography in Taiwan (2009) and Pingyao International Photography Festival in China (2004). He is a recipient Paula Rhodes Award for Exceptional Achievement in NYC (2014), and a Taoyuan Creation Award, Honorable Mention in Taiwan (2011).