Jongil Ma received a B.F.A. from the School of Visual Arts in 2002. He has participated in public art projects sponsored by the Ministry of Culture & Tourism of Korea in Kwangju and Damyang respectively. He had a solo exhibition at Roger Smith Hotel Gallery in Manhattan and is participating in Jamaica Flux: Workspaces & Windows at Jamaica Center For Arts & Learning in Queens. His work has been featured in international exhibitions including the 2009 International Incheon Women Artist’s Biennale in Korea and he will participate in the upcoming Lodz Biennale 2010 in Poland. His awards have included the INC Visual Arts Award from the AHL Foundation and a Fellowship from Socrates Sculpture Park.
Jongil Ma’s room-sized installation, Yes, Honey, you can bounce back and forth, and you are a bit closer to it, engages LMCC’s gallery space in Building 110 on Governors Island and transforms it into colorful mental maps that reference bridges, airport structures, and factory buildings as seen from multiple perspectives. Thin wooden strips of various lengths and types, both colored and uncolored, are flexed, twisted, bundled and arched in unique response to the space, recalling the raw beauty of modern industrial engineering. The enormous physical pressure and tension inherent in the graceful curved lines, delicate joineries, and various forms of manmade structures speaks to the fragile nature of human relationships, and conversely to the balance of nature.
Image credit: Courtesy of the artist