November 5 - December 17, 2022
    In Palindrome, his first solo exhibition at BB&M, Jeongsu Woo presents paintings revolving around the trope of Narcissus to examine contemporary society’s obsession with the self. As suggested by the exhibition title—referring to a word or phrase that reads identically backwards and forwards in a closed, reflective circuit—these works draw an analogy between the tragic condition of Narcissus, the submersion in illusory images of the self, and the self-reflexive, self-obsessive tendencies in our culture today. Among the most closely watched young Korean painters working today, Jeongsu Woo continues to mine motifs and signifiers from various temporal and cultural strata—from historical paintings to illustrated literary texts—to deploy them in a distinctly contemporary way.