Apollo
Art Diary

Do Ho Suh

28 October 2022

The Korean-born artist Do Ho Suh is best known for his fabric reconstructions of his former homes. For his first museum show in the Southern Hemisphere, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney has brought together works that range in scale from small domestic items such as door handles to room-sized domestic installations, charting his career from the 1990s to the present. Perhaps the artist’s most famous artwork is his Rubbing/Loving Project – for which he has covered every inch of places he has once lived in white paper, before using pastel and crayon to rub and so record the varied textures of the surfaces; a highlight of this show is the inaugural display of his monumental Rubbing/Loving Project: Seoul Home (2013–22), a reconstruction of the traditional hanok home where he grew up in Seoul. On a smaller scale are works such as Stove, Apartment A, 348 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011, USA (2013) – a ghostly reconstruction of a familiar household appliance. Also included here is the artist’s stainless-steel Staircase-III (2010), suspended from the ceiling of the gallery. Find out more from the MCA’s website.

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Stove, Apartment A, 348 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011, USA (2013), Do Ho Suh. Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin Gallery; © the artist

Staircase-III (2019), Do Ho Suh. installation view at Tate Modern, London, in 2011. Photo: Antoine van Kaam; courtesy the artist, Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar, Lehmann Maupin Gallery and Victoria Miro; © the artist

Rubbing/Loving Project: Company Housing of Gwangju Theater (2012), Do Ho Suh. Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin Gallery; © the artist

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