Do Ho Suh, ‘Doorknob/Bathroom’, 2003, SculptureCenter
Do Ho Suh, ‘Doorknob/Bathroom’, 2003, SculptureCenter

Korea’s representative for the 2013 Venice Biennale, Do Ho Suh explores the relationship between individuality, collectivity, and anonymity in his work. This work is currently on display at The Apartment by The Line in New York City to benefit SculptureCenter’s programming.

Doorknob/Bathroom is a full-scale reproduction of the doorknob of the artist's Chelsea apartment. Do-Ho Suh often works with semi-transparent fabrics that he delicately sews together to represent - and defy - existing and functional spaces and objects. Doorknob/Bathroom exists as an isolated architectural element, separated from Suh's apartment and therefore abandons its ties with a specific place and becomes a loose abstraction with a new-found flexibility and transparency. Do-Ho Suh represented Korea at the Venice Bienniale in 2001 and maintains an active international exhibition schedule. His work is represented in a number of major museum collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Guggenheim Museum, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

Image rights: Photo credit: Matthew Sprout.

About Do Ho Suh

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. In his 2003 work Some/One, for example, thousands of military dog tags are amassed in an interlocking pattern to form the larger silhouette of a traditional Korean robe, illustrating the way individuals are used as building blocks to shape a collective whole.

Korean, b. 1962, Seoul, South Korea