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"2002 Anne Gerber Biennial: Do-Ho Suh"
2002-08-10 until 2002-12-01
Seattle Art Museum / Seattle Asian Art Museum
The 2002 Biennial features the first survey exhibition in the United States of the work of Korean artist Do-Ho Suh. It will be presented as one exhibition divided between the downtown museum and the Seattle Asian Art Museum. At SAAM, Suh’s works will be seen in the context of the much-loved installation Explore Korea: A Visit to Grandfather’s House, a re-creation of traditional Korean domestic architecture of the type that has had such a profound influence on his thinking.
The exhibition has been designed to forge such connections between contemporary art and the art of the past and to acknowledge Suh’s contribution to the continuum of living cultural traditions in his native country.
Suh is perhaps best known for his sculptures that comprise numerous identical objects, including a “camouflage” floor supported by thousands of miniature plastic figures, a suit of armor made of shimmering army dog tags, and wallpaper using some 37,000 tiny portraits from his high school’s yearbooks. Through this repetition of forms, the artist makes reference to the complex relationship between the individual and the collective, a theme that is both informed by and transcends his particular cultural context. Equally important is The Perfect Home, Suh’s group of suspended diaphanous silk and nylon architectural installations based on full-scale sections of the interiors of the homes in which he has lived, both in Korea and the U.S. Suh invites viewers to step into and move through the individual “rooms” and “corridors” to experience these dislocated personal spaces firsthand.
Do-Ho Suh Korean, b. 1962 Seoul
Home/L.A. Home/New York
Home/Baltimore Home/London Home, 1999
378.5 x 609.6 x 609.6 cm