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Alumni Gallery Exhibition: Lauren Koo

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Currently on exhibit in the Cornish Alumni Gallery is a collection of works by Cornish Art alumna Lauren Koo (2015). Check it out on campus now through Jan. 15, 2022, and learn more below.


“I am interested in representations of continuously shifting space through its relationship to time. All of the small things—a string of words, a drift of light, a snapshot taken on a phone—capture what can feel like the most important thing in the world. Sometimes it’s just a second before it fades into obscurity, other times it iterates itself repeatedly into something else. This movement of space acts as a contemporaneous acknowledgement of being within it, as it simultaneously builds itself from both the ‘now’ and ‘previously’ existing memories, creating an ever shifting perception that can appear as indecision or extremes of indirection. Is it inevitable that words, images, objects, movements, should fail in capturing our relationship to spaces?

“In my practice, I often incorporate elements of time based media such as sound, video, or projections alongside sculptural or photographic pieces. The idea of light plays an important role, standing for specific instances of place, time, memory, and meaning. Explorations of space often take the form of site specific installations which respond to the physical venue in which it is built, while simultaneously seeking to build out and manifest an internal, emotional space.”

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L Koo is an artist who grew up in Northern California, surrounded by the light that now works to inform and drive her practice in creating the experience of spaces. She completed her BFA in 2015 from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington, prior to moving to Chicago to attend the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s MFA program (2019). 

Koo has had solo exhibitions at Jack Straw Cultural Center, as part of their New Media residency program (2018; Seattle), and GLASSBOX Gallery (2016; Seattle). She has also appeared in group shows at Moving Image Festival 00:06 (2019; Chicago), Tiger Strikes Asteroid (2018; Chicago) and as part of the second annual survey show Out of Sight at King Street Station (2016; Seattle), among others.

Click here to learn more about L. Koo>

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The Alumni Gallery is located on the third floor of the Main Cornish Campus. This 900-square-foot gallery is dedicated to continuing supporting Cornish Alumni as they transition into professional practices and become successful members of the art community.


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