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

Do Ho Suh Featured Artworks

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Light Switches, Fuse Boxes and Alarms,London Home and Studio by Do Ho Suh contemporary artwork painting, photography
Do Ho Suh Light Switches, Fuse Boxes and Alarms, London Home and Studio, 2018 Cyanotype on Saunders Waterford 638gsm paper
71.5 x 89 cm
STPI - Creative Workshop & Gallery Contact Gallery
ScaledBehaviour_runOn(doorknob_11.1.1) by Do Ho Suh contemporary artwork sculpture
Do Ho Suh ScaledBehaviour_runOn(doorknob_11.1.1), 2022 Polyester thread, resin
108.5 x 66 x 12.2 cm
Lehmann Maupin Contact Gallery
ScaledBehaviour_runOn(radiator_10.7.1) by Do Ho Suh contemporary artwork sculpture
Do Ho Suh ScaledBehaviour_runOn(radiator_10.7.1), 2021 Polyester thread, resin
46.57 x 37.99 x 15.16 inches
Lehmann Maupin Contact Gallery
260-65, Sungbook-dong, Sungbook-ku, Seoul by Do Ho Suh contemporary artwork sculpture
Do Ho Suh 260-65, Sungbook-dong, Sungbook-ku, Seoul, 2021 Polyester fabric and stainless steel wire
175 x 309.4 x 18.5 cm
Lehmann Maupin Contact Gallery
Exit Series: Stove Elements, 348 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011, USA by Do Ho Suh contemporary artwork sculpture
Do Ho Suh Exit Series: Stove Elements, 348 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011, USA, 2019 Polyester fabric, stainless steel wire, and glass display case with LED lighting
80.4 x 77.5 x 8.2 cm
Lehmann Maupin Contact Gallery
Entrance, Ground Floor, 348 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011, USA by Do Ho Suh contemporary artwork mixed media
Do Ho Suh Entrance, Ground Floor, 348 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011, USA, 2016 Thread drawing, gelatine sheet embedded on STPI handmade cotton paper
311.5 x 259 x 10 cm
Victoria Miro Contact Gallery
Specimen Series: Corridor/First Floor 1, 348 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011, USA by Do Ho Suh contemporary artwork sculpture
Do Ho Suh Specimen Series: Corridor/First Floor 1, 348 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011, USA, 2013 Polyester fabric, stainless steel wire
30 x 29.4 x 5 cm
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Gazelli Art House
Bathtub, Apartment A, 348 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011, USA by Do Ho Suh contemporary artwork mixed media
Do Ho Suh Bathtub, Apartment A, 348 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011, USA, 2013 Polyester fabric, stainless steel wire and display case with LED lighting
34 x 150.1 x 76.5 cm
Victoria Miro Contact Gallery

Do Ho Suh Recent Exhibitions

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Do Ho Suh Represented By

Lehmann Maupin contemporary art gallery in 501 West 24th Street, New York, USA
Lehmann Maupin Hong Kong, London, New York, Seoul
Victoria Miro contemporary art gallery in Wharf Road, London, United Kingdom
Victoria Miro London, New York, Venice

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