Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Do Ho Suh

Do Ho Suh was born in Seoul, Korea in 1962. Interested in the malleability of space in both its physical and metaphorical manifestations, Do Ho Suh constructs site-specific installations that question the boundaries of identity.  His work explores the relation between individuality, collectivity, and anonymity.

This silk homes bring to mind the spider webb. Silk in this instance and so elaborated as to make the times of walls, windows and homely details almos falling to the ground as for its delicate materiality. The translucency as a homely quality challenges our notions of the form, that of housing, or stairs and floors. What holds us together seems as fragile as it really is yet by holding us long enough we like to think of them as everlasting. The fabrics made out of threads convey the individual and the collective, his shift and play with the one and many is constant through out his work. Yet if you pull one the whole thing may fall apart. 
The man made of many strings and many suits; as one arrives to this moment having worn many suits we are made of many us and we are held together by those memories and lived experiences, the people that have gone by are also here and we all hold a string tied to those gone. 
Really beautiful work.

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