Terence Koh first appeared on the art scene in 2003 when, as asianpunkboy, he inaugurated the Peres Projects gallery in Los Angeles. He has since become known for the monochrome installations and ritual performances which accompany his exhibitions – yielding a string of successful museum shows in Zurich (Kunsthalle), New York (Whitney Museum), Frankfurt (Schirn Kunsthalle) and León (Musac).
Koh aims to connect with ‘as many people as possible,’ happily using a range of representational systems and cultural references – whether installations, sculptures or performances. His work stands on the borderline between art history and underground culture, and between decadent paganism and flights of fancy. It explores the themes of identity, power, sexuality and the sacred. He flirts with pleasure and pain, lust and death, purity and degradation, as if recreating the atmosphere of the epic performances of the ’60s and ’70s.