featuring the latest works by South Korean artist Do Ho Suh developed during his second residency at STPI. Known for his large-scale fabric installations and sublime architectural compositions of past homes, Suh has seamlessly translated compelling three-dimensional architectural forms into the two-dimensional at STPI, with delicate thread drawings embedded in paper. These reflect the transnational dilemma of home and belonging, malleable spaces and memory, as well as the boundaries of identity.
This breakthrough in his repertoire from his first residency in 2010 marked a significant innovation of working with paper pulp at STPI, leading to the artist's return to develop these drawings further. The exhibition will also showcase Suh's lithography and rubbings – the latter of which he has created using coloured pencils and dusting spices, like garam masala and chilli powder, over paper-covered surfaces of seemingly unremarkable objects that feature in everyday life such as electrical sockets, door handles and lift buttons. These sculptural pieces represent the architecture of spaces he feels an attachment to, preserving the experience of living in them through these symbolisms. Personal and highly autobiographical, these works also address universal journeys and experiences, provoking viewers to reflect on stories that define their own real and imagined lives.
Suh's works has been added to notable permanent collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul; Artsonje Center, Seoul; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; Tate, London and Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis, amongst many others.
Press release courtesy STPI.