Terence Koh Exhibited at The Saatchi Gallery

Terence Koh
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 Koh’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, …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, Koh’s sculpture beacons with tactility, mirroring yearning and loss as physical desire.

Terence Koh
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.

Terence Koh
Big White Cock


Sculpture, white neon, wires

132.1 x 121.9 cm

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!

Terence Koh
Untitled (Medusa)


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 Koh’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, Koh’s toilet stall is both urinal and confessional, a smutty cupboard where seduction and transcendence are gleefully indulged.

Terence Koh


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)
Terence Koh
Untitled (Vitrines 5 - Secret Secrets)


Mixed media sculpture

Dimensions vary with installation
Terence Koh
The Camel was God, the Camel was Shot


Cast of artist's body, bronze and white patina

22 x 179 x 55 cm
Terence Koh


Sculpture, plaster cast of Hermes the god covered in diamond dust, sugar and paint, enclosed in glass vitrine

60 x 35 x 35 cm

Terence Koh’s Cokehead is a cast bust of Hermes, the Greek god of travel and guider of souls to the land of the dead. Replicating the crystalline lure of cocaine, the sculpture is coated with diamond dust and sugar, a metaphoric veneer of sweetness, temptation, and indulgence. Encased within a glass vitrine, Cokehead stands as a relic of forbidden pleasure, his nymph-like form suggests sexual enticement and immortal power mounted on a base of powdering decay.

Terence Koh
Do no doubt the dangerous of my butterfly song


Metal vitrine, speakers, ipod, song with artist singing in his own private language, paint, hair, male battus philenor butterfly and blackened ash from a gingko tree

155 x 46 x 114cm

Terrence Koh’s Do no doubt the dangerous of my butterfly song is a model of seduction. Placed inside a glass case and accompanied by a soundtrack, his assemblage exudes a precious delicacy, enshrining ephemera of personal and queer significance. Hair, ash, and a butterfly are composed in frail arrangement, their ephemeral qualities hinting narratives of vulnerability, loss, and violence. Combining formalism with the deeply intimate, Koh’s work conveys a quiet restraint, pointing to the structured isolation of individual existence and the fragility of human experience.

Terence Koh's Biography

Terence Koh
Born in 1980, Beijing, China
Lives and works in New York, NY


Stacy Engman Presents Artist Spotlight Terence Koh, ART CAPSUL at The Plaza Hotel and Davos St Moritz, ART CAPSUL, New York

sleeping in a beam of sunlight, Moran Bondaroff, Los Angeles, CA

terence koh: bee chapel, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York, NY

toomoorow’s snow, McMichael Museum, Toronto, Canada
sticks, stones and bones, Entree Gallery and Tag Team Studio, Bergen, Norway

Yes pleased, the Fireplace Project, East Hampton, NY

Secret Societies, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany
Nothingtoodoo, mary Boone Gallery, New York

Adansonias: A Tragic Opera in 8 acts, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France

Flowers For Baudelaire, Vito Schnabel, New York, United States
The Whole Family, Peres Projects, Los Angeles, United States
Love for Eternity, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Castilla y León, León, Spain
Captain Buddha, curated by Dr. Martina Weinhart, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany
Dirty Blind God, de Pury & Luxembourg, Zurich, Switzerland

God, de Pury and Luxembourg, Zurich, Switzerland
Blame Canada, (with Bruce LaBruce), Peres Projects, Berlin, Germany
Solo Exhibition, curated by Shamim Momin, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, United States

Terence Koh, curated by Beatrix Ruf, Kunsthalle Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland
Buddha Fly Earth, Asia Song Society, New York, United States
Sprungkopf, Peres Projects, Berlin, Germany

Mein Tod Mein Tod, Peres Projects, Berlin, Germany
Gone, Yet Still (with catalogue), Wien Secession, Vienna, Austria
The Voyage of Lady Midnight Snowdrops Through Double Star Death, Peres Projects, Los Angeles, United States

Do Not Doubt the Dangerousness of My Butterfly Song, Peres Projects, Los Angeles, United States
Koh & 50 Most Beautiful Boy, Peres Projects, Los Angeles, United States

The Whole Family, Peres Projects, Los Angeles, United States


Contemporary Magic : A Tarot Deck Art Project, ART CAPSUL, New York
Be My Valentine, Alternate Projects

Where the Sidewalk Ends, Moran Bondaroff, Los Angeles, CA

Energy and Process, Tate Modern, London, UK
Dead: A Celebration of Mortality, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK

Grasso, Grimonprez, Koh: three installations, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, NY
Call for Ideas, MOMA PS1, Queens, NY

Wunder: Kunst, Religion und Wissenschaft vom 4, Jahrhundert bis zur Gegenwart, Kunsthalle Krems, Krems, Austria

These Days, Sotheby’s, New York, New York.
Post 9-11, OHWOW, Los Angeles, California.
New York Minute, The Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow, Russia

Post Monument,XIV Carrara Biennale, Italy
Group Show, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
Art Unlimited" (with Thaddeus Ropac Gallery), Art Basel, Switzerland
Skin Fruit: Selections from the Dakis Joannou Collection, curated by Jeff Koons, The New Museum, New York, United States
The Library of Babel / In and Out of Place, curated by Anna-Catharina Gebbers, 176 Zabludowicz Collection, London, United Kingdom

Contemporary Artifices and Baroque Difformities, curated by Claudia Gioia, with the scientific direction of Danilo Eccher, ARCOS-Sannio Museum of Contemporary Art, Benevuto, Italy
Compassion, curated by AA Bronson, The Institute of Art, Religion, and Social Justice, New York, United States
Degeneration/Regeneration, Marina Abromovic Institute, San Francisco, United States
The Embassy, curated by Xerxes Cook and Alex Dellal, 33 Portland Place, London, United Kingdom
Performa - visual performance art biennial, New York City, United States
New York Minute, curated by Kathy Grayson, Macro Future Museum, Rome, Italy
Artists' Art / Artists' Books, Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, East Hampton, New York State, United States
Mexico: Expected/Unexpected, Colección Isabel y Agustín Coppel, Tenerife Espacio de las Artes, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
Minneapolis, Peres Projects, Los Angeles, United States
Marina Abramovic Presents..., The Whitworth Art Gallery, The University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom
The Collectors, curated by Elmgreen and Dragset, Danish and Nordic Pavilions, 53rd Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
Elevator to the Gallows, Galerie im Regierungsviertel / Forgotten Bar Project, Berlin, Germany
Forgotten Bar Project, Berlin X Initiative, New York, United States
Story without a Name, curated by Blair Taylor, Peres Projects, Berlin, Germany
DLA Piper Series: This is Sculpture, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom
Private, Von der Heydt Museum, Wuppertal, Germany
The Collectors, curated by Elmgreen and Dragset, Danish and Nordic Pavilions, 53rd Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
KKK, curated by Javier Peres, three person show with Terence Koh, Jeff Koons, and Mike Kelley, Mary Boone, New York, United States
Get A Rope, curated by Kathy Grayson, CTRL Gallery, Houston, Texas, United States

21: Contemporary Art, The Brooklyn Museum, New York, United States
The Temptation to Exist, Yvon Lambert, London, United Kingdom
Political Minimalism, curated by Klaus Biesenbach, Kunst Werke, Berlin, Germany
FRAGILE, Julia Stoschek Collection, Dusseldorf
Materialized: New Video in the Third Dimension, curated by Kathy Grayson, Bergen Kunsthalle, Norway
Expenditure, Busan Biennale 2008, Busan Museum of Modern Art, Busan, Korea
The Boys of Summer, The Fireplace Project, East Hampton, United States
Yokohama Triennial, Yokohama, Japan
The Zabludowicz Collection: When We Build, Let Us Think That We Build Forever, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, United Kingdom
Eurasia. Geographic Cross-Overs in Art, Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea die Trento e Rovereto, Trento, Italy
Meet Me Around the Corner – Works from the Astrup Fearnley Collection," Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, Norway
Expected Unexpected Mexico, Collection of Augustin and Isabel Coppel, curated by Monica Amor, Maison Rouge, Paris, France
New York States of Mind, Queens Museum of Art, Queens, United States
Gravity: Selected works from the Ernesto Esposito Collection, Museo Artium, Vitorai, Spain

Fractured Figure, curated by Jeffrey Deitch, selections from the Dakis Joannou Collection, Deste Foundation, Athens, Greece
Unholy Truths, Initial Access, Frank Cohen Collection, Manchester, United Kingdom
Destroy Athens, First Athens Biennial, Athens, Greece
BODYPOLITICX, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, Holland
How Much Longer, Belkin Satellite, Vancouver, Canada
Sweet Bird of Youth, curated by Hedi Slimane, Arndt & Parter, Berlin, Germany
Between 2 Deaths,curated by Ellen Blumenstein and Felix Ensslin, Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Germany

USA Today, in conjunction with the Saatchi Gallery, Royal Academy of Arts, London, United Kingdom
The Gold Standard, Curated by Bob Nickas, PS1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, United States
WAR on .45/MY MIRRORS Are PAINTED BLACK (for you), Bortolami Dayan, New York, United States
Cosmic Wonder, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, United States
Dark, curated by Rein Wolfs and Jan Grosfeld, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Holland
A Lover's Discourse: Nobuyoshi Araki, Annette Kelm, Terence Koh, Sakiko Nomura, Heinz Peter Knes, Marcos Rosales,curated by Dean Sameshima, Peres Projects, Los Angeles, United States

The Black Album, Maureen Paley Interim Art, London, United Kingdom
Log Cabin, curated by Jeffrey Uslip, Artist Space, New York

The Temple of Golden Piss, Extra City, Center for Contemporary Art, Antwerp, Belgium
Phiiliip: Divided by Lightning, Deitch Projects, New York, United States
Whitney Biennial,The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, United States

Now Playing, D'Amelio Terras, New York, United States
Today's Man, Traveling Show, Hiromi Yoshii Gallery, Tokyo