DO HO SUH

Biography

(B. 1962; Seoul, Korea)

Architectural settings and abstracted figures inspired by the artist’s biography serve as the central tenets of Do Ho Suh’s practice, highlighting the porous boundary between public and private space as well as notions of global identity, space, nomadism, memory, and displacement. Born in Seoul, South Korea, Suh is informed by his personal experiences in his work, particularly his move from South Korea to the United States in 1991, as well as the specific domestic spaces where he has lived, including his childhood home (a traditional hanok-style Korean house), a house in Rhode Island where he lived as a student, and his apartment in New York. Transparency, or the oscillation between opacity and visibility, appears throughout much of the artist’s work, evoking the layering of space and intermediate areas in Korean architecture. The figure also looms large, waiting in the wings, appearing throughout his work in abstracted or symbolic forms.

Suh first began rendering domestic structures in 1994, an impulse turned into life’s work. These have been manifested, on one hand, in iterations of large-scale house sculptures—also riffs on his past and present family homes—variously bisected to show their interiors, teetering precariously atop or wedged between structures, or displayed in a gallery as if they have crashed through the ceiling, cast down by Dorothy’s tornado. Suh also weaves transparent structures made of monochrome polyester, at once luminous, architectural, and ephemeral, inviting viewers to wander through their dreamlike interior passageways (which might be replete with toilets and light switches). These transplanted homes are playful and imaginative but also deeply melancholy in their manifestation of disorientation: as impressions of the many residences in which Suh and his family have lived, they testify to the global and poignantly elusive nature of “home” as seen through the artist’s eyes.

Do Ho Suh is renowned for his site-specific installations that manipulate scale to emphasize the malleability of space and examine the issues of cultural identity and anonymity. Suh’s training in traditional Oriental painting and his mandatory service in the South Korean military have significantly influenced his work.

Upcoming Exhibitions
2017 Victoria Miro, London, United Kingdom
2016 Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD), San Diego, CA
2016 NC-Arte, Bogota, Colombia
2016 Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2015 Do Ho Suh: New Works, Singapore Tyler Print Institute, Singapore
2015 MoCA Cleveland, Cleveland, OH
2015 Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
2015 New York City Apartment/Bristol, Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Bristol, United Kingdom
2014 The Contemporary Austin, Austin, TX
2013 Home within Home within Home within Home, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
2013 In Between Hotel, Gwangju Folly II, Gwangju, Korea
2013 New thread drawings, Dieu Donne, New York, NY
2012 Perfect Home, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan
2012 In Between, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, Japan
2012 Blueprint, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, Japan
2012 Home Within Home, Leeum Museum, Seoul, South Korea
2011 Asian Art and Do Ho Suh, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, United States
2011  Wielandstr. 18, 12159 Berlin, DAAD Galerie, Berlin, Germany
2011 A Perfect Home: Bridge Project, Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, United Kingdom
2011 Home within Home, Lehmann Maupin, New York, United States
2011 Do Ho Suh, Singapore Tyler Print Institute, Singapore
2010 Cause and Effect, The Hite Cultural Foundation, Seoul, Korea
2010 Bridging Home, Touched, Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, United Kingdom
2010 A Perfect Home: Bridge Project, Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, United Kingdom
2010 Karma, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
2009 Karma, Kyungbang Times Square, Seoul, Korea*
2007 Reflection, Lehmann Maupin, New York, NY
2007 Cause and Effect, Lehmann Maupin, New York, NY
2007 Cause and Effect, Towada Art Center, Towada, Japan*
2006 The Speculation Project, Sun Contemporary, Seoul, Korea
2005 Staircase, The 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan*
2005 The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PA
2005 Reflection, Maison Hermes, Tokyo, Japan
2004 Galeria Soledad Lorenzo, Madrid, Spain
2004 Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of Art: The National Museum of Asian Art at the Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C.
2004 Cause and Effect, The Hite Cultural Foundation, Seoul, South Korea
2003 A Perfect Home: Bridge Project, Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York, United States
2003 ArtSonje Center, Seoul, Korea
2002 Some/One, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KN
2002 Unsung Founders Memorial, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC
2002 Serpentine Gallery, London
2001 Some/One, Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris, New York, NY
1999 Seoul Home/L.A. Home, Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA
1999 Sight-Seeing, NTT InterCommunication Center, Tokyo, Japan

Selected Group Exhibitions
2016 The Architecture of Life, UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA
2015 Going Public: The Cattelain Collection, Museum Sheffield, Sheffield, United Kingdom
2015 The Approach, Gazelli Art House, London, Uk
2015 Beyond the Buzz: New Forms, Realities, and Environments in Digital Fabrication, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN
2015 Apparitions: Frottages and Rubbings from 1860 to Now, The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Menil Collection, Houston, TX
2014 DOM, Gazelli Art House, London
2014 ATOPÍA. MIGRACIÓN, LEGADO Y AUSENCIA DE LUGAR. Obras de la colección Thyssen- Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna, MAZ (Museo de Arte de Zapopan) Mexico, Guadalajara, Mexico
2014 M Home: Living in Space Redstar Macalline Art Project, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
2014 Marguilies Collection, Miami, FL
2014 Entorno crítico, Centro de Arte Caja de Burgos, Burgos, Spain
2014 Beyond and Between, Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
2014 Faux Sho, Islip Art Museum, Islip, NY
2014 Please Enter, curated by Beth Rudin DeWoody, Franklin Parrasch Gallery, New York, NY
2014 Shades of Time: An Exhibition form the Archive of Korean American Artists, Part Two 1989- 2001, Queens Museum, New York, NY
2014 Blood Flames Revisited, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, NY
2014 Look at Me: Portraiture from Manet to the Present, Leila Heller Gallery, New York, NY
2014 Myth/History: YUZ Collection of Contemporary Art, YUZM Shanghai, China
2014 Striking Resemblance: The Changing Art of Portraiture, Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
2014 Perth International Arts Festival, Australia
2013 Everyday Life: 2013 Asian Art Biennial, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan
2013 Power, Where Does the Beauty Lie?, Seoul Olympic Museum of Art, Seoul,
2013 Homebodies, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, United States
2013 5th Auckland Triennial, Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
2013 0 to 60:Contemporary Art, North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, United States
2012 Dislocation, Daegu Art Museum, Daegu, South Korea
2012 Deogsugung Project, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea – Deoksugung, Seoul, Korea
2012 Roundtable, The 9th Gwangju Biennale 2012, Gwangju, Korea
2012 Watch This Space: Works from the AGO’s Contemporary Collection, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada
2011 Luminous: The Art of Asia, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
2011 Haein Art Project, Haeinsa, Hapcheon, Korea
2011 Against All Odds Project, Banaki Museum, Athens, Greece
2011 Korean Rhapsody, Leeum, Seoul, Korea
2011 Dreamscapes, The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, St. Louis, MI
2011 Human Nature: Contemporary Art From the Collection, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
2011 The Spirituality of Place, Gutstein Gallery, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA
2010 Mapping Identity, Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, Haverford College, Haverford, PA
2010 The Hidden City: Selections from Martin Z. Margulies Foundation, Tampa Art Museum, Tampa, FL
2010 Touched, Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, United Kingdom
2010 Trust, Media City Seoul, Seoul, Korea
2010 People Meet in the Architecture, Venice Architecture Biennale, Venice, Italy
2010 Setouchi International Art Festival, Shodojima, Japan
2010 Palais Des Arts et du festival, Dinard, France
2009 Peppermint Candy: Contemporary Korean Art, The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Kwacheon, Korea
2009 KAFA Awards Exhibition, Seoul National University Museum, Seoul, Korea
2009 The Kaleidoscopic Eye: Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Collection, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
2009 Your Bright Future, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angles, CA; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
2008 Bizarre Perfection, curated by Susan Landau, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
2008 METAMORPHOSES, Espace Louis Vuitton, Paris, France
2008 Drawn in the Clouds, KIASMA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland
2008 Transcendence: Modernity and Beyond in Korean Art, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
2008 On the Margins, Mildred Lane Kempner Art Museum, St. Louis, MI
2008 Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Collection as Aleph, KunsthausGraz, Graz, Austria
2008 Psycho Buildings, Hayward Gallery, London, United Kingdom
2008 Second Lives, Museum of Arts & Design, New York, NY
2007 Tomorrow, Kumho Museum and Artsonje Center, Seoul, Korea
2007 Red Hot: Asian Art Today from the Chaney Collection, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, TX
2007 Peppermint Candy: Contemporary Korean Art, Museo de Arte Contemporaeneo, Santiago, Chile
2007 System Error, Palazzo delle Papesse, Siena, Italy
2007 All the More Real, The Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY
2007 Façades, Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL
2007 Downtown Expansion, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
2006 This Is Not For You, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna, Austria
2006 New Works: 06.2, Artpace, San Antonio, TX
2006 Other Than Art, G Fine Art, Washington, DC
2006 To the Human Future: Flight From The Dark Side, Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito,Mito, Japan
2006 A Step in the Right Direction, Gl. Holtegaard Breda-Fonden, Holte, Denmark
2005 Monuments for the USA, White Columns, New York, N
2005 ShowCase: Contemporary Art for the UK, Contemporary Art Society, Edinburgh, Scotland
2005 Identity and Nomadism, Palazzo delle Papesse-Centro Arte Contemporanea, Siena, Italy
2005 Staircase, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan
2005 The Elegance of Silence: Contemporary Art from East Asia, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
2004 Contemplating War, JCCC, Overland Park, KN
2004 Transcultures, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece
2004 Lustwarande 04: Disorientation of Beauty, Tilburg, The Netherlands
2004 Siting: Installation Art 1969 – 2002, MoCA Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
2004 Undomesticated, Smith College Museum of Art, MA
2004 Living inside the Grid, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY
2004 Formed to Function, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI
2003 On the Wall: Wallpaper by Contemporary Artists, RISD Museum, Providence, RI
2003 Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey
2003 On the Wall: Wallpaper and Tableau, The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PA
2003 Multiple/Multiples, curated by Dan Cameron, Nassau Country Museum of Art, New York, NY
2002 Constructed Fabric, Kobe Fashion Museum, Kobe, Japan
2002 Mask or Mirror: A play of Portraits, Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA
2002 Multitude, Artist Space, New York, NY
2002 Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
2002 Collecting Contemporary Art: A Community Dialogue, Ackland Art Museum, Chapel Hill, NC
2002 International Contemporary Art, Museum of Modern Art, Mexico City, Mexico
2001 Lunapark: Contemporary Art from Korea, Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany
2001 Pavilion, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

Selected Public Collections
Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY
Hoam Museum, Seoul, Korea
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, León, Spain
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan
Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Tate Modern, London, England
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

Commissions And Special Projects
2013 Home within Home within Home within Home, National Museum of Contemporary Art – Seoul, Seoul, Korea
2012 Hamnyeongjeon Project, Deogsugung Project, Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea – Deogsugung, Seoul, Korea
2012 In Between Hotel, 2012 Gwangju Urban Folly Project, Gwangju, Korea
2012 Grass Roots Square, Regjeringskvartalet R6 (Government Building Complex Part 6, KORO), Oslo, Norway
2012 Cause and Effect, Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington
2012 Fallen Star, The Stuart Collection, University of California San Diego
2011 Luminous: The Art of Asia, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington
2011 Staircase-III, Tate Modern, London, United Kingdom
2010 Cause and Effect, HITE Foundation, Seoul, Korea
2010 Karma, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York
2009 Karma, Kyungbang Time Sqaure, Seoul, Korea
2007 Cause and Effect, Towada Art Center, Towada, Japan
2002 Some/One, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, Kansas
2002 Johnson County Community College, New York
2002 Unsung Founders Memorial, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Residencies
2011 STPI, Singapore
2010 DAAD, German Academic Exchange Program, Berlin, Germany
2007 Dieu Donné, New York, NY

Education
1997 MFA Sculpture, Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT
1994  BFA Painting, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
1993 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME
1987 MFA Oriental Painting, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea
1985 BFA Oriental Painting, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea

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