Ideas of home, displacement, personal space versus public spaces ricochet through the work of artist Do Ho Suh.
Suh, who creates poetic installations with undeniable visual appeal — such as a full-scale fully furnished bungalow perched at a precarious angle atop a UC-San Diego building — gets his first major solo exhibit in the U.S. in more than decade when the Contemporary Austin launches a two-part show opening Sept. 20.
For the last several years, Suh’s been making fabric replicas of his former New York apartment — ethereal colorful structures that invite viewers in for a visit. And the apartment’s all there in diaphanous color: doors, windows, light switches and sockets, radiators, a sink with exposed plumbing, a fireplace.
Suh’s just finished creating the last rooms of his ersatz, ephemeral Chelsea neighborhood apartment which he’ll debut at the Contemporary along with two other compenents of his “348 West 22nd Street” series along with some of his “Specimen Series” of ghostly appliances and fixtures — radiators, toilets, stoves all rendered with meticulous detail — made of sheer colorful fabric over steel structures.
At the Contemporary’s Laguna Gloria site, Suh will install “Net-Work” along the shore of Lake Austin — a shimmering fishing net-like kinetic installation of thousands of gold and silver human figures.
Do Ho Suh’s exhibit at the Contemporary runs through Jan. 11, 2015
Do Ho Suh (born 1962 in Seoul) splits his time between New York City, London, and Seoul. He received a BFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA in sculpture from Yale University.
In 2001, Suh represented Korea at the Venice Biennale and subsequently participated in the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale. The artist’s work is included in numerous museum collections worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York City; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City; the Guggenheim Museum, New York City; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Tate Modern, London.