One of the most exciting contemporary artists of our time, Korean Do Ho Suh, created a large sculptural installation that doesn't look like much…until you get close.
Best known for his intricate sculptures that defy conventional notions of scale and site-specificity, Suh draws attention to the ways viewers occupy and inhabit public spaces. In several of the artist’s floor sculptures, viewers are encouraged to walk on surfaces composed of thousands of miniature human figures.
Whether addressing the dynamics of personal space versus public space, or exploring the fine line between strength in numbers and homogeneity, Suh’s sculptures continually question the identity of the individual in today’s increasingly transnational, global society.
Glass plates rest on thousands of multi-coloured, miniature, PVC figures who are crowded together with their heads and arms turned skyward. Together, they are holding the weight of the individual visitor who steps onto the floor. The figures represent the diverse and anonymous masses of people who support and/or resist the symbolic floor.
Artist | Do Ho Suh, Seoul, South Korea
Place | Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York, USA
Technical info | PVC Figures, Glass Plates, Phenolic Sheets, Polyurethane Resin
Picture credits | Lehmann Maupin Gallery, Do Ho Suh