Best known for intricate sculptures that defy conventional notions of scale and site-specificity, Do Ho Suh draws attention to the ways viewers occupy and inhabit public space. To experience the artist’s floor sculptures, viewers are encouraged to walk on surfaces composed of thousands of miniature human figures. At 21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati, these glass-encased figures are embedded in a table, wherein visitors can view their multi-colored, identically shaped forms holding up the transparent panel above them. Whether addressing the dynamic of personal versus public space, examining conditions of labor and leisure, 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, and populous society.
About the artist
Do Ho Suh was born in Seoul, Korea and now lives and works in the United States. He holds a master’s degree from Yale University. In 2001, Do Ho Suh represented Korea at the Venice Biennale, and his work has been the subject of a joint retrospective at the Seattle Art Museum and Seattle Asian Art Museum, and has been featured in solo exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris, New York; the Serpentine Gallery, London; and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City.