My Path to Heaven, Are you Blind Bastard God

Terence Koh, Canadian (born China), born 1977

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2007

Wax, styrofoam, plaster, paint, remnants of incense sticks, mineral oil, Eau d'Orange Verte by Hermes

Overall: 73 1/4 × 80 3/4 × 15 3/4 in. (186.1 × 205.1 × 40 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Anonymous Gift

2018.37.187

Geography

Place Made: Canada, North America

Period

21st century

Object Name

Sculpture

Research Area

Sculpture

Not on view

Label

Terence Koh, once known as the art-world provocateur asianpunkboy, made My Path to Heaven. Are You Blind Bastard God? at the height of his notoriety. Much of Koh’s work incorporates queer and punk sensibilities and explores a range of themes from mythology, religion, identity, and power to sexuality.

To create this work for his 2007 solo exhibition GOD, Koh sequestered himself in a gallery space nightly for a week. Through deep meditation, he worked in a trancelike state and in complete darkness, presumably trying to make the spiritual journey indicated in the title. My Path to Heaven. Are You Blind Bastard God? comprises large-scale, totemic sculptures with a small, outfaced hand at the top. Perhaps these are the hands of God or a creature posturing as God? As with a large portion of Koh’s earlier practice, he addresses beauty, the sublime, and the intertwining of life and death. Moreover, his elusiveness may be an attempt to avoid being pinpointed in a particular narrative, insisting that representation should not be fixed or projected onto by others.

From the 2020 exhibition Reconstitution, curated by Jessica Hong, Associate Curator of Global Contemporary Art

Course History

SART 16/SART 21/SART 73, Sculpture 1/2/3, Matt Siegle, Winter 2020

Exhibition History

Reconstitution, Dorothy and Churchill P. Lathrop Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, January 2, 2020 - June 20, 2021.

Provenance

Peres Projects, Berlin, date unknown; Anonymous gift; given to present collection, 2018.

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