South Korean artist Do Ho Suh’s celebrated artworks have made their way to the MCA. Filled with vibrant architectural works, large-scale installations, drawings and printmaking, the exhibition promises to be a visual delight. The interactive artworks span over three decades, as the artist explores themes of belonging, identity and home.
Do Ho Suh at the Museum of Contemporary Art
Suh’s artworks go heavy on scale and magnitude which is reflected in this particular retrospective. From seemingly mundane objects like door handles, light bulbs and switches to life-size replicas of domestic spaces and studios he has inhabited over the course of his life, a variety of elements will be on display for art lovers.
And it’s okay if you can’t tell your Monet from your Van Gogh. The exhibition touches upon a number of deeper themes that are bound to strike a chord with one and all.
A number of striking pieces will be on display from video works to giant physical models, all drawing from Suh’s childhood in South Korea and time spent in New York, Berlin and London as an adult. Diasporic experiences and the chasm between different cultures and histories are recurring themes throughout his works. In a truly immersive experience, visitors can walk through, around and within these spectral and intimate art pieces.
Expect to see a recreated exterior of Do Ho Suh’s childhood home in Seoul, six vivid fabric structures that you can walk through, a floor-based installation and heaps more. You’ll want to look out for one of Suh’s most prominent works, Metal Jacket, made out of stainless steel military ID tags, laid out like roof shingles or fish scales. The artwork recalls his time spent in military service in South Korea.
“Much of my work is taken up with the idea of how we clothe our movements through the world – through time (linear and non-linear) and place. I’m interested in survival techniques, the spaces we carry within, as well as those we occupy externally,” Artist Do Ho Suh said in a statement.
The exhibition is now open and runs until February 2023. Find everything else that’s on at the MCA here and get your creative juices flowing.