Sculptor, Multi-media Artist
Michael Joo Sculptor, Multi-media Artist Michael Joo (ASomatica) is a contemporary artist based in Brooklyn, NY. His work has been widely exhibited at galleries, museums and international events such as Kukje Gallery, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and Venice Biennale. He has received numerous art awards and his work is in the collections of the Guggenheim Museum, LACMA, and Moderna Museet, among others. Michael recently exhibited at K11 Art Foundation in Hong Kong, and is currently showing in the Hawaii Triennial 2022 in Honolulu.
"My art practice has always revolved around the liminal and spaces between. From creating a geodesic halo of surveillance cameras around a 3rd century Gandhara Buddha, to collaborating with local Korean children to make a monument at the threshold of the Korean DMZ, I have an ongoing engagement with access and collectivity.
When I first met with Snark.Art nearly two years ago, I was taken by the potential for blockchain technology to speak to and cultivate communities. They'd been working for some time with geologic and crystalline forms, and the parallels between the inaccessible transformative space and lives of things underground, to the intangible transformative space of things virtual and digital were inspiring to me.
In developing the concept and work itself, I was introduced to Danil whose motion graphics and programming vision I admired and whose experience with both NFTs and community building resonated with me. My own ongoing work with fossils of ancient marine life prompted thinking of our project's potential evolution as a collective similar to that of a reef: coral polyps crystallized into calcium carbonate exoskeletons that speak to both objects and sites of potential. I am thrilled and excited by both our collaborative efforts and the 'seed' we are releasing."