Do Ho Suh: Tracing Time
Feb 17 – Sep 1, 2024

Do Ho Suh, Jet Lag, 2022 (detail) © Do Ho Suh / Photo by Jeon Taeg Su / Courtesy of Lehmann Maupin

London-based Do Ho Suh (born 1962, Seoul) is one of the world’s leading contemporary artists. This expansive exhibition explores the foundational role that drawing and paper play in Suh’s artistic practice, focusing on his collaborative methods, experimental techniques, and innovative use of materials.

 

Do Ho Suh, Home within Home within Home within Home within Home, 2013 / Installation view, Home Within Home, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea, 2013–2014

Left: Do Ho Suh, Staircase, 2003, Installation view / Right: Do Ho Suh, Corridor – 4, Wielandstr. 18, 12159 Berlin, Germany, 2015 / Courtesy of the artist, Lehmann Maupin New York, Seoul, and London, and Victoria Miro Gallery London, and Venice Photography by Jeon Taeg Su © Do Ho Suh

Do Ho Suh, Passage/s / Installation view, Bildmuseet, Umea University, Stockholm, Sweden, 2017–2018

Left: Do Ho Suh, Blueprint, 2010, Installation view, Home within Home, Leeum Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, Kroea, 2012 / Right: Do Ho Suh, Blueprint, 2013 / Courtesy of the artist and Dieu Donné paper mill © Do Ho Suh

Do Ho Suh, Public Figures, 1998 / Detail

Suh creates engaging and imaginative artworks that ask questions about home and identity. ‘Home’ is so much more than the place you live. Your own version of home is a fundamental part of who you are, influenced by your day-to-day life and your deepest memories. Do Ho Suh explores some of these fascinating ideas in his first solo exhibition in Scotland, taking over an entire level of Modern One. The exhibition presents the artist’s complex and compelling thread drawings – in which cotton thread is embedded in handmade paper – alongside architectural rubbings, paper sculptures, cyanotypes, printmaking and watercolors.

 

Do Ho Suh, Karma, 2015

Left: Do Ho Suh, Reflection, 2004 / Right: Do Ho Suh, Self-Portrait, 2014 © Do Ho Suh

Do Ho Suh, A Perfect Home, 1999

Do Ho Suh, Staircase/s, 2019

There is also an immersive installation of Suh’s famed ‘hubs’, life-size sculptures that recreate physical spaces in colorful, translucent fabric. Visitors to the exhibition can enter and move through this innovative reimagining of places meaningful to the artist and his life.

 

Do Ho Suh, Fall Star 1/5, 2008 / Installation view, Psycho Buildings, Hayward Gallery, London, United Kingdom, 2008

Do Ho Suh, New York City Apartment/Corridor/Bristol, Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

Do Ho Suh, 348 West 22nd Street, Apt. A, Corridor and Staircase, New York NY 10011, USA, 2011-2015 / Installation view, Perfect Home, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan, 2012–2013

A focus of the exhibition is the artist’s works with paper, which are fundamental to his collaborative ways of working, and which he uses to capture the textures and sensations at play when we interact with the spaces around us. Shown publicly for the first time will be a selection of the artist’s sketchbooks: personal, unconstrained spaces for speculative thinking, in which Suh explores his past, present and future. In this inspiring and timely exhibition, drawing is the connective thread that binds together Do Ho Suh’s creative energies.

 

Stills from An animated response to the sketchbooks of Do Ho Suh

Do Ho Suh: Tracing Time is kindly supported by National Galleries of Scotland Foundation, Victoria Miro Gallery, London and Venice, Lehmann Maupin, New York, Seoul, and London, Baillie Gifford who have supported the exhibition’s audience development and engagement programme, and STPI – Creative Workshop & Gallery, Singapore. Technical support by LG OLED evo.

 

Do Ho Suh: Tracing Time
February 17 – September 1, 2024
National Galleries of Scotland
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