“We tend to focus on the destination all the time and forget about the in-between spaces. But without these mundane spaces that nobody really pays attention to, these grey areas, one cannot get from point a to point b.”
Do Ho Suh
Korean sculptor and installation artist Do Ho Suh explores the notion of space in his exhibition Passage/s at the Victoria Miro Gallery. Suh, meticulously constructed one-to-one scale replicas of spaces from his homes in London, New York, Seoul and Berlin. Combined, the installation allows the viewer to walk down a corridor of Suh’s fabric architecture, which is nothing short of magical.
Suh has playfully taken the limited, minimal spaces on a page – the two-dimension thread drawings as shown above – and then blown them up and transformed them into exact replicas. The viewer finds themselves, much to Suh’s credit, being drawn into a vaguely familiar rainbow maze of transitive spaces. Embellished doorknobs, fire call points, light switches and pipes – Suh even turned these mundane details into translucent fabrics.
For Suh, these replicas offer multiple symbolic purposes: a liminal connection between public and private spaces; a site of access and exclusion; a reflective looking-glass. Taking a Bachelardian approach in his work, Suh reveals how it is impossible not to attach memories to private spaces. Inspired by his own peripatetic life, he finds that spaces are a paradox. They are simultaneously dense material realities but can also take place in memory and perception. In an era where migration, transience and shifting identities are paramount, Suh’s installation is more than relevant today.
Passage/s is being shown at the Victoria Miro Gallery, 16 Wharf Road, London N1 7RW until March 18.