2019

Prelude To Resentment | acrylic, enamel, velvet & polypropylene on panel | 24"x 37"

art, Jungian, Carl Jung, symbol, psychology, archetype

Will Fix Blame For Food | acrylic, enamel, & polypropylene on panel | 24"x 30.5"

art Jungian Carl Jung symbol psychology archetype unconscious

Blindspot #1 | acrylic, enamel, & polypropylene on panel | 24"x 36.5"

art, Jungian, Carl Jung, symbol, psychology, archetype, Pyrrhic victory

The Pyrrhic Victor | acrylic & polypropylene on panel | 24"x 30.5"

art, Jungian, Carl Jung, symbol, psychology, archetype, boogieman, blue

Blue Boogie #1 | acrylic, enamel, & polypropylene on panel | 24"x 36.5"

art, Jungian, Carl Jung, symbol, myth, shadow, psychology, archetype, self

Shadow #2 | acrylic, enamel, & polypropylene on panel | 24"x 30.5"

art, painting, Jungian, primal, passion, Carl Jung, symbol, red, shaman, psychology, archetype, boogieman

Hot Boogie #1 (Primal Beacon) | acrylic, enamel, & polypropylene on panel | 24"x 36.5"

2018

art, myth, Jungian, Carl Jung, painting, symbol, psychology, archetype, shadow, self

Shadow #1 | acrylic, enamel, & polypropylene on panel | 24"x 30.5"

art, painting, Jungian, Carl Jung, symbol, psychology, archetype, trauma, metaphor,

Shrill | acrylic, enamel, & manila on panel | 24"x 24.5"

art, modern art, dream, Jungian, Carl Jung, boogieman, shaman, symbol, psychology, archetype, angst, painting, mythology, self

Fever Dream | acrylic, enamel, & polypropylene on panel | 24"x 36.5"

art, modern art, Jungian, Carl Jung, boogieman, shaman, symbol, psychology, archetype, angst, painting, mythology, self, trauma

Trauma | acrylic, enamel, & nylon on panel | 24"x 24.5"

Apprehension | acrylic & polypropylene on panel | 24"x 24.5"

2017

These forms are a  cross-section of approximately 2,000 skull doodles done over an 18 month period. They began intuitively as a gameful way of distracting myself from and processing a death in the family and the shock of experiencing a Japanese funereal bone-picking ceremony where the family handles the cremated remains. The grief and trauma of the ritual shattered my notions of death. Combining automatic drawing and imposing formal disciplines such as no crossing lines, tangents only, or flat shapes vs sculptural forms, doodling became a metaphor for facing, owning, and playfully redefining the idea of death on my own terms by exercising creativity as a defiant, celebratory, life-affirming act in the face of finality itself.

art, modern art, pen and ink, masks, mask, drawing, Jungian, Carl Jung, boogieman, shaman, symbol, psychology, archetype, mythology, self, persona, skull, death, abstract, abstraction, unconscious

Untitled (36 Skulls) | inkjet on paper | 24"x 24"


art, modern art, pen and ink, mask, masks, drawing, Jungian, Carl Jung, boogieman, shaman, symbol, psychology, archetype, mythology, self, persona, skull, death, abstract, abstraction, unconscious

Untitled (42 Skulls) | inkjet on paper | 24"x 24"


art, modern art, pen and ink, drawing, Jungian, Carl Jung, boogieman, shaman, symbol, psychology, archetype, mythology, self, persona, skull, death, abstract, abstraction, unconscious, fluid,

Untitled (36 Skulls) | inkjet on paper | 24"x 24"


Untitled (42 Skulls) | inkjet on paper | 24"x 24"


art, modern art, pen and ink, drawing, Jungian, Carl Jung, boogieman, shaman, symbol, psychology, archetype, mythology, self, persona, skull, death, abstract, abstraction, masks, mask,unconscious

Untitled (36 Skulls) | inkjet on paper | 24"x 24"


Untitled (36 Skulls) | inkjet on paper | 24"x 24"


Untitled (42 Skulls) | inkjet on paper | 24"x 24"


Untitled (42 Skulls) | inkjet on paper | 24"x 24"


2015

I became interested in the herding patterns and behavior of bait fish, painting them as conceptual maps to reflect our decision-making criteria and question our relationships to the social contructs and paradigms we involve ourselves with. Baitfish are genetically programmed to swim in the direction their neighbors go as a collective conscience; no one fish is in charge. Humans are obviously more complex and nuanced, yet we bargain w/ ourselves to relinquish individuality and acquiesce, both to our benefit and/or detriment. I wanted to raise existential awareness of how our everyday choices are influenced, made, and have a ripple effect on those around us.

Untitled | mixed media on canvas | 40"x 68"


Mass | mixed media on wood panel | 48"x 72"


Green | mixed media on wood panel | 48"x 66"


Nursery | mixed media on canvas | 40"x 68"


Hot Pink | mixed media on wood panel | 48"x 72"


Requiem for Rob | mixed media on wood panel | 48"x 72"


Purple | mixed media on wood | 48"x 48"


Orange | mixed media on wood | 48"x 48"


Red (#1) | mixed media on canvas | 40"x 68"


Untitled | mixed media on canvas | 63"x 174"


Schools of Thought | Gallery Installation Views



2012

The Anchovy Fishing Crew is ostensibly a caricaturized, distillation of my childhood adventures with the Inman family aboard their 24 foot fishing boat. At its heart it is the story of a strained father/daughter relationship -his anxiety over his daughter entering puberty, her emotional confusion, and expectations heightened by being on a boat together one last time. My presence in the story functions as a neutral war correspondent, as was usually my role during their most heated battles.

Breakfast | inkjet on paper | 11"x 17"


Rob | inkjet on paper | 11"x 34"


Penny & Max | inkjet on paper | 11"x 34"


Pout | inkjet on paper | 11"x 34"


The Argument | inkjet on paper | 11"x 34"


Harbor | inkjet on paper | 11"x 34"


Frontier | inkjet on paper | 11"x 34"


Bite | inkjet on paper | 11"x 34"


Strike | inkjet on paper | 11"x 34"


Hand-off | inkjet on paper | 11"x 34"


Help | inkjet on paper | 11"x 34"


Holler | inkjet on paper | 11"x 34"


No Way | inkjet on paper | 11"x 34"


Lapse | inkjet on paper | 11"x 34"


Lasso | inkjet on paper | 11"x 34"


Haul | inkjet on paper | 11"x 34"


Cows Coming Home | inkjet on paper | 11"x 34"


Home | inkjet on paper | 11"x 34"


Supper | inkjet on paper | 11"x 17"


Animation

Jon's Day

Processing video...

Jon's Day | charcoal on paper | 16mm film


Jon’s Day is an animated portrait of a skilled 15 year-old skater who has a brief moment of clarity. I wanted to portray a character representing the disenfranchised suburban youth I understood and came from. Growing up in 90’s street skating culture - when skate parks weren’t as ubiquitous as today - meant there was no place to go so you chafed under the system and evaded police. Skating was an avenue to express my angst and find creative freedom amongst a tribe of like-minded outcasts.


© Peter Ko 2019