Friday, 17 February 2017

Do Ho Suh: Passage/s

"I see life as a passageway, with no fixed beginning or destination. We tend to focus on the destination all the time and forget about the in-between spaces." Do Ho Suh

Another wonderful exhibition this, at Victoria Miro. It's an installation of a series of architectural spaces that the artist Do Ho Suh has inhabited during his travels through life and called home in New York, London and Korea. They are beautifully ethereal and made from steel rods and colourful, translucent polyester fabrics. The ghostliness of the fabric enhances the sense of transience and ephemerality of the works and architectural spaces.

The recreation and rendering of the everyday mundane details - things we take for granted and rarely notice in our work/home spaces - was so interesting. They brought to mind the soft Pop Art sculptures of Claes Oldenburg.

It was a really nice experience to wander through these passages. I felt like I was tracing the artists footsteps and experiencing a part of his journey.

I also really loved Suh's work in the lower galleries where he brutally flattens his 3D architectural spaces onto 2D paper surfaces. They are like pressed flowers - spaces preserved and captured forever for posterity. Again the tissue paper they are created from adds to the sense of ghostliness and delicacy of these interiors and objects. The textures created by the stitching and thread work was also absolutely gorgeous.

In the Upper Floor of Gallery 1 are these great x-ray like cyanotypes, and these smaller 3D preparatory sketch-like constructions of lightbulbs, switches and electricity meters presented in light boxes. This is a fantastic show which evokes a sense of time, mood and space. It is also a timely exhibition with the proposed imposition of walls and borders, and attempted restrictions on the personal freedoms of travel which are currently being imposed on certain faiths and races by certain governments.

Do Ho Suh: Passage/s
until 18th March
Victoria Miro
16 Wharf Road