Do Ho Suh ‘moved in’ at LACMA over the course of April 1 – September 26, 2021.
Do Ho Suh reaches into the recesses of memory, and physically recreates dwellings and homes in which Suh has inhabited.
Suh’s recent LACMA exhibition “348 West 22nd Street” featured the actual spaces Suh lived in across Seoul, Berlin, Providence, London, and New York. With an amazing traditional Korean sewing technique, translucent polyester, and small stainless steel wiring for structure, Suh lets us visually tour his former homes.
However, there’s something so intimate (and almost voyeurisitc) about seeing these past homes of Suh’s. So much occurs in our own homes: private life, cultural tradition, retreat, celebration, anxiety, and rest. Suh has you ruminating on his own life as you search the monolithic (yet personal) rooms.
Yet, the level of detail shows not just Suh’s memory, but his craft as well. Subway tiles in the bathroom can be seen just a room away from a swamp cooler. Outlets even boast small prongs – all of which is sewn together from fabric.
Originally hailing from South Korea, Suh now lives between London, Seoul, and New York. Rest assured, I’m certain we will see new exhibitions inviting us in for tea to these electic and far-reaching series of current homes.