Dieu DonnÃ© 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 DonnÃ© 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 artistâs existing body of work, such as architectural facades, staircases, and the human âselfâ 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 DonnÃ© 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 artistâs 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.
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