Do Ho Suh Passage
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.
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.
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.
Passages was curated by Steven Matijcio and is on view through September 11. For more information, visit http://www.contemporaryartscenter.org.