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Do Ho Suh - Thread Drawings - On view through June 29, 2013

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Do Ho Suh
Thread Drawings 
On view through June 29, 2013
Artist's Reception: June 20, 2013 6:00-8:00pm
Do Ho Suh, Paratrooper, 2013
Thread, cotton, methylcellulose
18 x 14 x ½ inches

Dieu Donné is pleased to present a new body of work by internationally acclaimed artist Do Ho Suh. These unique thread drawings will be on view in the Dieu Donné gallery through June 29, 2013. A public reception with the artist will be held on Thursday, June 20, 2013 from 6:00-8:00 pm.

Primarily known for large-scale sculptural installations, Do Ho Suh continues his thematic exploration of identity, individuality, and collectivity in this series of works in handmade paper. The artist employs a vibrant color palette to create rich and dynamic images using strands of thread as the drawn line. Motifs familiar to the artist’s existing body of work, such as architectural facades, staircases, and the human “self” are rendered in thread, creating parallels to his large-scale sculptural work. A house front, previously manifested as the 45 x 22 x 9 feet translucent blue nylon installation Blueprint (2010) appears in multiple artworks. Likewise, Karma (2010) a stainless-steel sculpture that features a human form extended through repetition of form is echoed in two-dimensions in Myselves and Whispers.

As an artist-in-residence at Dieu Donné through the Lab Grant residency program, Suh worked in the wet studio with assistance from studio collaborators Paul Wong, Amy Jacobs, and Lisa Switalski, harnessing the unique process of hand papermaking. Each drawing, created by threads stitched into soluble gelatin, was laid on a freshly pulled sheet of cotton paper pulp. Suh then used a mist of water to gently dissolve the thin layer of gelatin, binding the threads to the pulp fibers. Responding to both the water current and careful placement by the artist’s hand, the threads become a gestural line, capturing the energy of the wet process.

About the artist: Do Ho Suh lives and works in London, New York, and Seoul and is represented by Lehmann Maupin Gallery in New York. The artist has represented Korea at the Venice Biennial and has participated in the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale, the 2010 Liverpool Biennial, and the 2012 Gwangju Biennial, and has been exhibited at DAAD Galerie, Berlin, Seattle Art Museum, Leeum Samsung Museum of Art, Hayward Gallery, London, and 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan. His work has been collected by international museums including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and Tate Modern, London. The installation of Fallen Star, a permanent sculpture commission by the Stuart Collection at UC San Diego, was completed in 2012.

For more information please contact Kathleen Flynn at 212.226.0573 or kflynn@dieudonne.org

About Dieu Donné
Dieu Donné is a non-profit contemporary artist workspace dedicated to the creation, promotion, and preservation of new art made using hand papermaking techniques. The organization’s primary services and programs are devoted to working with mid-career and emerging artists through collaborative residency opportunities.The Dieu Donné gallery is open to the public Tuesday - Friday, 10 am - 6pm and Saturday 12 - 6pm or by appointment.
The artistic and educational programs at Dieu Donné are made possible with public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; and Foundation support including: Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Inc, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Cowles Charitable Trust, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, The Greenwall Foundation, Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, The Minnow Fund, The New York Community Trust, The Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts and The Partnership Fund for New York City along with major individual support.
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