Do Ho Suh

Do Ho Suh is organized by The Contemporary Austin with additional support by Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York and Hong Kong.

Mueller Family Gallery, Rosalie and Morton Cohen Family Gallery, and Toby Devan Lewis Gallery.

September 25, 2015January 10, 2016

This exhibition surveys recent work by internationally-renowned artist Do Ho Suh. Suh creates architecturally scaled, fabric installations informed by his personal experiences, that recreate 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. Suh weaves translucent structures made of monochrome polyester, at once architectural, and ephemeral, inviting viewers to wander through their dreamlike interior passageways (often complete with details such as light switches and door handles). In addition to these large scale installations, this exhibition presents Suh’s Specimen Series, fabric replicas of radiators, ovens, refrigerators and bathtubs, rendering these common household appliances luminous and transparent. MOCA Cleveland will also present works from Suh’s Rubbing/Loving Project, large scale rubbings in which the interior textures and details of the artist’s New York apartment are directly transferred onto paper. Suh is particularly influenced by his move from South Korea to the United States in 1991. His works highlight the porous boundary between public and private space as well as notions of global identity, space, nomadism, memory, displacement, and the meaning of home.

Do Ho Suh (1962, Seoul, South Korea), lives and works in London, New York, and Seoul. He received a BFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design and a MFA in sculpture from Yale University. His recent solo exhibitions and projects include Home within Home within Home within Home within Home, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea (2013); Do Ho Suh: Perfect Home, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan (2012-2013); In Between, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, Japan (2012); Fallen Star, Stuart Collection, University of San Diego, California (2012); Home within Home, Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea (2012); and Wielandstr.18, 12159, DAAD Galerie, Germany (2011). In 2001, Suh represented Korea at the Venice Biennale and subsequently participated in the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale, the 2010 Liverpool Biennial, and the 2012 Gwangju Biennial. 

Suh’s work is included in numerous museum collections worldwide including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Tate, London; Leeum, Seoul; Artsonje Center, Seoul; Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; and 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, among many others.

Do Ho Suh is made possible with the generous support of an anonymous donor, Westlake Reed Leskosky, and Lehmann Maupin Gallery. Community support is also provided by InterContinental Hotel Cleveland.

All 2015 Exhibitions are funded by Leadership Circle gifts from an anonymous donor, Yuval Brisker, Doreen and Dick Cahoon, Joanne Cohen and Morris Wheeler, Margaret Cohen and Kevin Rahilly, Becky Dunn, Lauren Rich Fine and Gary Giller, Harriet Goldberg, Agnes Gund, Michelle and Richard Jeschelnig, Donna and Stewart Kohl, Toby Devan Lewis, and Scott Mueller.

All MOCA Cleveland exhibitions are presented with major support from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, the Cleveland Foundation, the George Gund Foundation, and the continuing support of the Museum’s Board of Directors, patrons, and members.

Due to the Apartment A’s narrow passages and delicate materials, visitors who wish to experience the interior should be aware of these parameters.