Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Do Ho Suh: Home Within Home
In Home Within Home, on view at Lehmann Maupin Gallery, Do Ho Suh’s works explore culturally and physically different domestic spaces and the displacement the artist felt after his move in 1991 from Korea to the U.S. to study at RISD in Providence, Rhode Island.
His work, Fallen Star 1/5, unfolds a narrative in which Suh’s childhood Korean home is transported to the U.S. by a tornado and collides with a townhouse in Providence, Rhode Island. The four story Rhode Island townhouse is almost room-size and engulfs the one story temple-like Korean home. Its meticulously crafted rooms make the destruction caused by the collision of these two houses especially startling.
Another work, Home within Home, is a more ambiguous fusion of the Providence townhouse and the traditional Korean home. The viewer is able to walk between a translucent green architectural model that is divided into four pieces to discover the two styles of homes seamlessly combined into one.
Specimen Series is a collection of translucent blue fabric replicas of objects commonly found in a New York apartment. The objects are so carefully stitched that the viewer can imagine the artist’s desire to care about his surroundings, though their delicacy and non-functionality suggest a timidity that one might feel getting used to a new place.
These carefully crafted interiors and objects convey the artist’s experiences of being transplanted into a new culture, whether they are perceived as a startling collision or a more enigmatic feeling of not belonging.
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