Korean-born Do-Ho Suh’s sculptures reflect his bi-national journeying and explore relationships between the individual and the greater cultural and spatial whole. Meditating upon architecture, Eastern thought, and autobiographical details, Suh’s poetic, large-scale works materially connect personal and collective identity.
One series of installations traces Suh’s unsettled Korean/American existence by fashioning details of his past residences–a Korean home, a New York apartment–in translucent nylon. Traveling from exhibition to exhibition, each life-size fabric replica becomes a vehicle for memory and belonging: a global security blanket and a transposable definition of self. Other projects extend this metaphor. Military dog tags amass into an armored gown, signatures into a saving parachute, and small figurines into a supporting floor, emphasizing human interdependence and inseparability.
Born in Seoul, Korea in 1962, Do-Ho Suh lives and works there and in New York, NY. He holds MFA degrees from Yale University, New Haven, CT (1997) and Seoul National University, Korea (1987). Solo exhibitions include Fabric Workshop, Philadelphia, PA (2005); Lehmann Maupin, New York, NY (2004); and Serpentine Galley, London, UK (2002). Group exhibitions include Another Story, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan (2005); 8th International Istanbul Biennial, Turkey (2003); and Plateau of Humankind, 49th Venice Biennale, Italy (2001).