See Object Paper Hesitation

Helen Cho

G Gallery, November 5 – December 19, 2015
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 5, 6-9pm
Organized by Ella Dawn McGeough

Helen Cho, 21 Objects for Hesitation. Image courtesy of the artist and Onomatopee. Photograph: Peter Cox.

“Of the streetlights that are lined up in front of Pyonghwa Market,
the eighth one from the east is not lit.
And of the windows on the sixth floor of the Hwashin Department Store,
light was visible from only from three.”1

There is a man who feeds pigeons daily in an unused lot behind a pizza place near Spadina and Harbord. There are four irregular clusters of rocks arranged along the sidewalk near Dundas and Dufferin. There is a small paper bag placed outside the front door of G Gallery, in the alleyway that runs parallel to Ossington.

See Object Paper Hesitation features ongoing projects by Helen Cho, developed upon her return to Toronto after living abroad for over a decade. The exhibition at G Gallery results from Cho’s efforts to re-familiarize herself with a city tentatively called home, wandering Toronto’s streets and absorbing its mundane details as if they offer up a hidden language. Centred on Cho’s video Tai Lam: Memory of Hunger Finds its Form and the installation-performance 21 Objects for Hesitation, See Object Paper Hesitation re-imagines the everyday matter of city life and its potential for reflection, transformation, and quiet generosity.


Helen Cho is an artist based in Toronto. She received a MA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College, University of London (UK). Her artworks have been exhibited at Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin; Kunstverein Wolfsberg, Wolfsberg; Kumho Museum, Seoul; National Musuem of Contemporary Arts, South Korea; Artspeak, Vancouver; Articule, Monteral; Galerie Martin van Zomeren, Amsterdam; and Galerie Magnus Müller, Berlin, among others. She has participated in artists-in-residences at Ssamziespace, Seoul; the Banff Centre, Banff; and European Ceramic Work Centre, Oisterwijk, the Netherlands.

1 Helen Cho, Reimagining as a poem: A conversation between Kim hyeong and Ahn hyeong from Kim Seungok’s short story “Seoul 1964 Winter.”


Read a new essay on Helen Cho at G Gallery by Daniella Sanader, available here.