Lehmann Maupin inaugurates its latest location in Palm Beach with a selection of new fabric works by acclaimed Korean-born artist Do Ho Suh, which continue his exploration of the often precarious idea of home in a global society. This presentation marks the artist’s first in Palm Beach.
Born in Seoul and currently based in London, Suh is known for his multidisciplinary practice that confronts questions of home, memory, marginality, and the correlation between psychic and physical space. His autobiographical fabric sculptures recreate, to scale, spaces of his former residences and studios. Reflecting an itinerant life, these highly detailed portraits mirror buildings, rooms, and domestic objects from past and present homes in Korea, Rhode Island, Berlin, London, and New York.
Made of polyester fabric, Suh’s Specimens are one to one replicas of the accoutrements of domestic life, from doorknobs, to light switches, to bath fittings—all taken from the artist’s past and present living spaces and studios. These works feature exquisitely sewn fabric versions of household objects that are found consistently, but with subtle variations from country to country, in homes across the world. Each Specimen is meticulously measured and modelled by Suh, and the transparency of their fabric invites reflection on the notion of home and psychic space. As the artist explains with regards to our post-COVID reality, “our relationship with quotidian objects within the home–the handles, switches and sockets that punctuate the anatomy of our buildings and that we touch all the time–has become fraught, but we’ve also become intensely familiarised with those forms and spaces.” Distilling the feeling and memory of a place, Suh’s Specimen forms are simulacra of the objects that punctuate our everyday lives.
In addition to Lehmann Maupin’s presentation in Palm Beach, Suh’s work is also the subject of a solo exhibition at the Bloomberg SPACE, London, and is included in Break the Mold: New Takes on Traditional Art Making at the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC; The Contemporary Print: 20 Years at Highpoint Editions at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, MN; and Colección Jumex: Ambient Temperature at Museo Jumex, Mexico City.
Image: Do Ho Suh, installation view, Lehmann Maupin Palm Beach © Do Ho Suh. Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong, Seoul, and London. Photo: Oriol Tarridas.