The Architectural Fantasy of Conceptual Artist Do-Ho Suh

Do-Ho Suh’s Conceptual Art sculptures

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When I first saw this phenomenal sculpture by Korean born, brilliantly educated Conceptual Artist Do-Ho Suh, it conjured several powerful images - from that of the artist who is intellectually positioned to speak to power by inhabiting it from the top down, to recognizing that the "little people" or the masses under his feet that also appear to be human shadows and simultaneously the moving platform in which this giant walks. It is a Proustian vision and one of Nietzche's speaking down to those far below him from his Superman, superhuman position of power.

Karma, by Do-Ho Suh

This sculpture by Do-Ho Suh is remarkable in its cross-cultural symbolic power. The individual - in this case represented by their American soldier style dog tags, is subsumed into the larger group - in this case that of a royal armored flowing metal garment that speaks directly of its regal position and formidable power.

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Do-Ho Suh's Welcome mat relays how upon closer scrutiny, what appears to be a benign symbolic commercialized greeting, is in fact a representation of subordinated human bodies. The word Welcome is rendered in a way similar to the way marching bands hold up placards to create an image. Here the group is completely subsumed by the act of greeting one who will arrive who is able to realize real power.

‘some/one’, venice art biennial, 2001

Doormat/Welcome (polyurethane rubber)

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These identical rows of black military style jackets in identical sizes and rows operates like a formalist grid. The jackets represent the uniform and uniformity of the wearer of the garments, signally group order as a form of uninhibited militarized power.

Photography: Lehmann Maupin Gallery

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do you discuss your work with other artists?
not in the sense of the turn of the century european

tradition, proust’s gatherings and all of the paris salons.
I do have a few people, a few artists in new york, or in
seoul, that i discuss my work with. (Design Boom)

Do Ho Suh Bridging Home, 2010

“Do Ho Suh has literally and physically transported a piece of Korea into a Northern English City. The Korean style house is a reconstruction or replica of a home from a past era, a distant memory.”

Do Ho Suh, Fallen Star 1/5

Do Ho Suh, Fallen Star 1/5, 2008-2011.

Do Ho Suh, Fallen Star 1/5, 2008-2011.

Do Ho Suh, Fallen Star 1/5, 2008-2011.

Do Ho Suh
Home Within Home

Do So Suh, Home Within Home (Prototype), 2009-2011.

Do So Suh, Home Within Home (Prototype), 2009-2011.

Do So Suh, Home Within Home (Prototype), 2009-2011.

Do So Suh, Home Within Home (Prototype), 2009-2011.

Do So Suh, detail from Home Within Home (Prototype), 2009-2011. Photo sensitive resin.

Do So Suh, detail from Home Within Home (Prototype), 2009-2011.

Glass Floor Supported By 180,000 Figures

Glass Floor Supported By 180,000 Figures

Artist Do Ho Suh talks about his role in SAM exhibit (excerpted)

By Robert Ayers

Special to The Seattle Times

Do Ho Suh

Korean-born, and now working primarily between Seoul, New York and London, artist Do Ho Suh jokes that he spends so much time traveling that his real home might actually be aboard an airplane. Yet this “global artist” declares a special affection for our city. ”

In Korean culture, he explains, people believe that “things don’t happen by accident. Things are meant to happen.”

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Image 3
Title: The perfect home II
Medium: Nylon Fabric and stainless steel tube
Dimensions: Variable
“One of Do-Ho Suh’s best known pieces is The Perfect Home II (image 3). It is made out of a translucent nylon fabric and is sewn together in a traditional Korean style. It is a replication of his New York apartment. The apartment is made out of an ice blue material, the adjoining corridor is made in a pink, and the stairs are a greenish white. This color change was done to promote the viewer’s admiration of Suh’s attention to detail. He has crafted light switches, plumbing fixtures and even the Philips-head screws on the door hinges. What is missing though is furniture, books and stuff of daily life.”

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This silky cloth see-through version of a triumphal arch seems to stand in for the symbolic reality of the actual architectural product from which it is derived. It too is a form of ghost of the real and a form of memory realized in airy light and transparent cloth.

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Image 4 and 5
Title: Reflection
Artist(s): Do-Ho Suh
Medium: Nylon Fabric and stainless steel tube

“The installation Reflection (image 4 and 5) is another installation utilizing the same techniques that were used to create The Perfect Home II. This work is a large-scale installation at the Hermes Gallery in Tokyo. It consists of two gates made from translucent nylon fabric that are separated by a translucent fabric “floor”, creating the illusion of a reflection. The gate is a replication of the gate to his childhood home in South Korea.”

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Image 6
Title: Floor
Medium: PVC figures, Glass plates
Dimensions: Variable

“Another installation of Suh’s is his Floor (image 6). This installation was shown for the Venice art Biennial in 2001 in the Italian Pavilion. It is made up of thousands of two-inch tall plastic human figures that are supporting a thick piece of glass, which viewers were encouraged to walk on. In this, and a number of other pieces by Suh, the notion of collective strength is addressed, and the importance of each individual in order to achieve success in underlined.”

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Image 7 and 8
Title: Screen
Medium: PVC figures
Dimensions: Variable

do-ho suh in his seoul studio note the prototype for the ‘some/one’ piece right,
to the left of the photograph you can see many japanese collectible model kits
image © designboom

Vincent Johnson’s Nine Grayscale Paintings – installation shot – 2
Vincent Johnson’s Nine Grayscale Paintings – studio shot – 1 (Silver hand)
Vincent Johnson – in my studio working on my Nine Grayscale Paintings
Vincent Johnson’s Nine Grayscale Paintings – first stage of grayscale painting
Vincent Johnson’s Nine Grayscale Paintings – studio view of stage one of grayscale paintings drying

Los Angeles based artist and writer Vincent Johnson
Vincent Johnson received his MFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California 1997 and his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Painting 1986. He started out as a student in Pratt’s painting department. He is a 2005 Creative Capital Grantee, and was nominated for the Baum: An Emerging American Photographer’s Award in 2004 and for the New Museum of Contemporary Arts Aldrich Art Award in 2007 and for the Art Matters grant in 2008, and in 2009 nominated for Foundation for Contemporary Art Fellowship, Los Angeles. In 2010 he was named a United States Artists project artist. His work has been reviewed in ArtForum, The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, Art in America, Art Slant and many other publications. His photographic works were most recently shown in the inaugural Pulse Fair Los Angeles. His most recent paintings were shown at the Beacon Arts Center in Los Angeles.

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