EXHIBITED AT THE SAATCHI GALLERY
These Decades that We Never Sleep, Black Drums
drum kit, paint, ropes from a ship found after midnight, black wax, plaster, vegetable matter, crushed insect parts, artist's blood and cum
Stool, 50 x 30cm
100 x 163 x 100cm
Terrence Kohâ€™s sculptures are born of queer youth culture and luxurious decadence. Exuding a magnetic sensuality, These Decades that We Never Sleep, Black Drums is an object of obsession, its ebony coils trailing with enticement, visually echoing waves of noise. Luring with its swarthy depths, â€¦Black Drums creates a suggestive void: of memory and fantasy, drawing connotations of art history, gothic subculture, and fetish gear. Using raw materials of cloth, metal, and plaster, Kohâ€™s sculpture beacons with tactility, mirroring yearning and loss as physical desire.
These Decades that We Never Sleep, Black Light
crystal chandelier, paint, lollipops, vegetable matter, human and horse
hair, mineral oil, rope from a ship found after midnight, glass shards,
stones and artist's blood and shit
190 x 72 cm
Taking the form of a boudoir chandelier, Terrence Koh’s These Decades that We Never Sleep, Black Light hangs with a tempting anticipation; its heavy weight dangles, both dangerous and beguiling, dripping opulent crystals and bijou. Rather than illuminating, the sculpture’s deadened black surface promises to devour. Flirting between pleasure and pain, lust and death, Koh offers a dark romanticism, filled with apprehension and possibility.
Big White Cock
sculpture, white neon, wires
Crowing with early-hour neon glory, Terrence Koh’s Big White Cock is everything its title suggests! Illuminating with greasy innuendos of back-alley sex shops and mega-bucket chicken shacks, Koh’s electric sign pulsates as a high-design icon glamorising the art of slumming it. Addressing issues of race, gender, and sexuality, Koh turns the coded language of sub-culture into a fetishised logo of duplicity. In sexual terms a ‘chicken’ may be a gay teen or Chinese prostitute, but sometimes a cock is just a rooster!
Mixed media sculpture, wood, paint, plaster, urinal, steel, porcelain, mirror, glue, bonding paste, ashes, oil, burnt wood, light, wiring and artists piss
235 x 107 x 107 cm
Standing as a white cube within the white cube of the gallery, Terence Kohâ€™s Medusa has the outward appearance of polished respectability. Through the door of his structure, however, it is revealed as a WC of iniquity, a literal closeting of desire. Decked out in dirty black, with rows of phallus-laden religious icons, and satanic plumbing fixtures, Kohâ€™s toilet stall is both urinal and confessional, a smutty cupboard where seduction and transcendence are gleefully indulged.
Mixed media - 222 heads of plaster, paint, wax, fire, charcoal, inside 22 glass vitrines, UV glue, paint, fingerprints, some vitrines with breaks and/or cracks
Dimensions vary with installation: sizes per vitrine vary from 60 x 35x 35 cm (largest), 50 x 30 x 32 cm(medium), 33 x 23 x 23 cm (smallest)
Untitled (Vitrines 5 - Secret Secrets)
Mixed media sculpture
Dimensions vary with installation
The Camel was God, the Camel was Shot
Cast of Artist's body, bronze and white patina.
22 x 179 x 55 cm