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Do Ho Suh Passage

February 25, 2016

Do Ho Suh’s exhibition Passage at Cincinnati’s Contemporary Arts Center is a revelation in scale, detail, memory and the sentimentality of the artists’ urban dwellings.



Do Ho Suh, 348 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011, USA – Apartment A, Corridors and Staircases, 2011 – 2015 (detail)

Known for artwork that is awe-inspiring in scale and labor, Passages continues to push past the gallery familiar.  Suh’s recreations of his three-story New York walk-up, apartment hallways in London and Berlin, and a traditional Korean timber arch–doubled–are astonishing.

On a more intimate scale, Suh recreated the appliances of his NY apartment in fabric and displayed each in light boxes, including a transparent yellow refrigerator with a carefully embroidered model name, and a radiator, whose valve’s delicate nuances are preserved in pink mesh.

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Do Ho Suh, Basin, Apartment A, 348 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011, USA from the Specimen Series


The adjoining gallery exhibits the process of literally preserving a room to scale with drawing. A video documents a line of young people, focused on a specific spot in Suh’s apartment, rubbing a colored pencil vigorously over a piece of paper applied to each inch of wall.  The method succeeds in documenting every nuance; each mark pushes forward the detail of an outlet, a wall crack, a phone wire, or a window sill, and as these drawings are reassembled, displays the ghostly skin of an abandoned space.

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Passages was curated by Steven Matijcio and is on view through September 11.  For more information, visit

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