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b. 1962, South Korea

Do Ho Suh Biography

Do-Ho Suh (서도호) is a contemporary artist renowned for his ethereal one-to-one-scale fabric replicas of former residences and domestic settings that have notions of memory, displacement, and home embedded into their permeable and translucent surfaces. Working across drawing, film, and sculpture, Suh investigates the malleability of space through his own history of migration, making visible the minutiae of personal histories, site-specificity, and architectural memory.

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Suh was born in Seoul, South Korea, in 1962. The son of respected modern ink painter Suh Se Ok, Suh studied Oriental painting at the Seoul National University before completing his military service in 1993. He migrated to the United States to escape the stifling environment, pursuing further studies at the Rhode Island School of Design and Yale University.

Do-Ho Suh's early paintings experimented with three-dimensional space. 'I was observing the form of scroll painting and screen painting in Asian art,' Suh told Ocula Magazine. 'I was interested in the notion that in addition to being transportable, Asian traditional painting allows for one picture to work as one piece or as several pieces. You can fragment the work.'

This revelation led to the works Floor (1997), and Some/One (2001), presented at the Korean Pavilion during the Venice Biennale. In Floor, thousands of plastic figurines upheld a glass floor that viewers were invited to walk across. Similarly, Some/One cloaked the gallery floor in dog tags, implicating the viewer in its mirrored interior. Both artworks recalled Suh's military service and its dehumanising effects that subjugate the individual in the name of the collective.

Do-Ho Suh's experiments with fabric and rubbings are renowned. He transformed the spatial and cultural disorientation of his arrival in the United States into collapsable silk installations. Home Within Home Within Home Within Home Within Home (2013), for example, recreates his traditional childhood residence within his Providence abode. The artwork—a ghostly life-sized facsimile rendered in sheer blue fabric—overlays temporal and spatial boundaries, acting as a metaphor for cultural displacement.

Suh's work Rubbing/Loving (2016) memorialised his New York apartment in which he had resided for 18 years. The artist covered the three-storey brownstone in coloured pencil and pastel rubbings, creating a highly personal aggregate of space and touch. In 2019, his 348 West 22nd Street (2011–2015) was gifted to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Suh is currently based in London.

Ocula | 2020

Exhibition view: Do Ho Suh, Lehmann Maupin, London (3 December 2020–20 February 2021). © Do Ho Suh. Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong, Seoul, and London. Photo: Jack Hems.

Do Ho Suh Featured Artworks

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Hub-1, Entrance, 296-8, Sungbook-Dong, Sungboo-Ku, Seoul, Korea by Do Ho Suh contemporary artwork
Do Ho SuhHub-1, Entrance, 296-8, Sungbook-Dong, Sungboo-Ku, Seoul, Korea, 2018Polyester fabric and stainless steel
236.5 x 192 x 239 cm
Lehmann Maupin Contact Gallery
Exit Series: Stove Elements, 348 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011, USA by Do Ho Suh contemporary artwork
Do Ho SuhExit Series: Stove Elements, 348 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011, USA, 2019Polyester fabric, stainless steel wire, and glass display case with LED lighting
80.4 x 77.5 x 8.2 cm
Lehmann Maupin Contact Gallery
Smoke Detector, 348 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011, USA by Do Ho Suh contemporary artwork
Do Ho SuhSmoke Detector, 348 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011, USA, 2017Cyanotype on Saunders Waterford 638gsm paper
30 x 30 cm
STPI - Creative Workshop & Gallery Contact Gallery
Fuse Box, Unit G5 Union Wharf, 23
Wenlock Road, London, N1 7SB, UK by Do Ho Suh contemporary artwork
Do Ho SuhFuse Box, Unit G5 Union Wharf, 23 Wenlock Road, London, N1 7SB, UK, 2017Gelatine tissue, thread embedded in STPI handmade cotton paper
92.5 x 97 x 4.5 cm
STPI - Creative Workshop & Gallery Contact Gallery
Entrance, Ground Floor, 348 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011, USA by Do Ho Suh contemporary artwork
Do Ho SuhEntrance, Ground Floor, 348 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011, USA, 2016Thread drawing, gelatine sheet embedded on STPI handmade cotton paper
311.5 x 259 x 10 cm
Victoria Miro Enquire
Hub, Unit G5, Union Wharf, 23 Wenlock Road, London, N1 7SB, UK by Do Ho Suh contemporary artwork
Do Ho SuhHub, Unit G5, Union Wharf, 23 Wenlock Road, London, N1 7SB, UK, 2015Polyester fabric and stainless steel tubes
214.2 x 303.5 x 190.3 cm
Victoria Miro Enquire
Specimen Series: Corridor/First Floor 1, 348 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011, USA by Do Ho Suh contemporary artwork
Do Ho SuhSpecimen Series: Corridor/First Floor 1, 348 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011, USA, 2013Polyester fabric, stainless steel wire
30 x 29.4 x 5 cm
Gazelli Art House Contact Gallery

Do Ho Suh Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Do Ho Suh, Do Ho Suh at Lehmann Maupin, London
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3 December 2020–20 February 2021 Do Ho Suh Lehmann MaupinLondon
Contemporary art exhibition, Do Ho Suh, Do Ho Suh at Victoria Miro, Venice
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25 May–7 July 2018 Do Ho Suh Victoria MiroVenice
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, the approach at Gazelli Art House, Baku
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23 June–17 September 2017 Group Exhibition the approach Gazelli Art HouseBaku

Do Ho Suh Represented By

Lehmann Maupin contemporary art gallery in 536 West 22nd Street, New York, USA Lehmann Maupin New York, Hong Kong, London, Seoul
Victoria Miro contemporary art gallery in Wharf Road, London, United Kingdom Victoria Miro London, Venice

Do Ho Suh In Ocula Magazine

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Phong Bui Ocula Conversation Phong Bui By Stephanie Bailey, New York

In March 2014, a show opened at Paul Kasmin Gallery titled Alexander the Great: The Iolas Gallery 1955–1987, which celebrated the legendary gallerist Alexander Iolas, who was among the first to introduce American audiences to Surrealism and who gave Andy Warhol his first gallery exhibition (and, coincidentally, also his last in 1987). The...

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Do Ho Suh Ocula Conversation Do Ho Suh By Anna Dickie, Hong Kong

If you look at the radiator or refrigerator or stove — each item becomes its own architectural structure. It creates a small universe within the bigger piece.

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MMCA Seoul's First Steps Ocula Feature MMCA Seoul's First Steps By Ines Min, Seoul

South Korea’s most anticipated event of the year, the opening of MMCA Seoul, is a milestone for the national museum and local art scene. The new outpost of South Korea’s singular, national contemporary art museum is situated on a minefield of historic structures, set within a zoning law nightmare, and sandwiched between...

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Do Ho Suh In Related Press

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Too Big for a Booth? Art Basel Still Has Room for Your Art Related Press Too Big for a Booth? Art Basel Still Has Room for Your Art 11 June 2019, The New York Times

Since it was begun in 2000, Unlimited, which is offered only at the fair in Basel, has proved to be a particularly popular draw. Most people attending the fair–there were 95,000 last year–are expected to visit the section, not only for the sheer wow factor of the works, but also for the relevance of its offerings. 'I often tell people that...

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Preview Art Basel 2019 Related Press Preview Art Basel 2019 7 June 2019, ARTnews

Art Basel 2019 opens to the public on Thursday, June 13, with two preview days, on June 11 and 12. Some 290 galleries from 34 countries will show work at the Swiss fair, which runs through June 16.

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Do Ho Suh’s spatial explorations launch at Victoria Miro in Venice Related Press Do Ho Suh’s spatial explorations launch at Victoria Miro in Venice 30 May 2018, Wallpaper*

The South Korean artist Do Ho Suh, is a perfect complement to ‘Freespace’, the theme of the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. His fascination with rendering the built environment appears to suggest both form and memory in his work, which straddles drawing and sculpture. Victoria Miro gallery’s exhibition in Venice is the result of a three-year...

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Do Ho Suh in Venice: the lives of others Related Press Do Ho Suh in Venice: the lives of others 11 May 2018, Financial Times

'The house we were born in is more than an embodiment of home, it is also an embodiment of dreams.' The French philosopher Gaston Bachelard's tender observation, made in his hymn to architecture, The Poetics of Space, speaks eloquently to the art of Do Ho Suh.

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Do Ho Suh In Video & Audio

How This Globetrotting Artist Redefines Home and Hearth Related Video & Audio How This Globetrotting Artist Redefines Home and Hearth 11 April 2018, Smithsonian.com

You are invited into Do Ho Suh's apartment. You put down your bag, remove your coat and step inside. The hallway changes color as you proceed, first pink, then green and then blue. It's narrow, but it feels spacious. There is a red staircase outside, and beyond it people are moving around. You can see them, right through the walls. Cabinet handles...

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