Do Ho Suh - 20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale in association with Yongle Hong Kong Tuesday, November 29, 2022 | Phillips

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  • From a small edition of only 3, Entrance/Ground Floor-02, 348 West 22nd Street, New York, NY10011, U.S.A is instantly recognisable as a work by acclaimed Korean artist Do Ho Suh. Born in Seoul and now living and working in London, Suh is celebrated for his multidisciplinary practice that explores concepts of space, home, memory, and the correlation between psychic and physical space.

     

    For his fabric sculptures, such as the present work, Suh recreates, to scale, the spaces of his former residences and studios. Autobiographical in nature, these sculptural pieces can be considered as highly detailed portraits of the buildings, rooms, and domestic objects that formed his past and present homes in Korea, Rhode Island, Berlin, London, and New York. 
     

     


    The artist discusses living in New York and his practice while creating one final artwork of the apartment that was his home for 18 years, 2016
    Video Courtesy of Art21

     


    After having earned degrees in painting and completing his mandatory military service, in 1993, Suh moved from South Korea to New York. For a period of time following his arrival, he experienced significant homesickness which led him to explore the idea of displacement in his art practice. Finding the ‘city that never sleeps’ too loud and bustling, he longed for the last place he had slept soundly: his family home in Seoul. As such, Suh built a to-scale replica of his parents’ traditional house in Korea using sheer, green nylon that could be folded to fit into a suitcase. If Suh could not be at home, he’d bring home to him.

     

    The artist has continued to expand upon this series ever since, constructing both large-scale home installations as well as precise details, such as in Entrance/Ground Floor-02, 348 West 22nd Street, New York, NY10011, U.S.A. As stipulated by the work’s title, the work replicates the NuTone intercom that featured outside the entrance to the artist’s former home and studio in New York City, where Suh lived for 18 years. Tapping into the training he received from a Korean seamstress, where Suh perfected his skill in traditional dressmaking and hand-stitching techniques, Suh has constructed the replica using gauzy, light blue fabric over a stainless-steel wire framework.
     

     

    A NuTone Intercom

    A NuTone Intercom

     

    Executed with meticulous detail, Suh’s facsimiles remind viewers that home is not just a material construction, but rather the histories and memories that are created within them. In memorialising his intercom, the intimately scaled sculptural work presents a poetic metaphor for the various people who would have communicated with the artist through his apartment entranceway during his time at 348 West 22nd Street, who would have directly or indirectly shaped his daily experiences.

     

    Critically acclaimed around the world, Suh has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitons at both galleries and museums, including at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2019-2021); Brooklyn Museum (2018-2019); Frist Art Museum (2018-2019); and Towada Art Center (2018).

     More recently, the artist presented a solo show at Lehmann Maupin in London & Online, featuring an installation that shares notable similarities to the present work. Suh also currently has large scale sculptures on view at San José Museum of Art in California until 23 January 2023.

     

     

    Installation shot of Suh’s recent exhibition at Lehmann Maupin in London. Titled So Ho Suh, it ran from 3 December 2020 -20 February 2021

    Installation shot of Suh’s recent exhibition at Lehmann Maupin in London. Titled So Ho Suh, it ran from 3 December 2020 -20 February 2021
    • Provenance

      Victoria Miro, London
      Acquired from the above by the present owner

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Entrance/Ground Floor-02, 348 West 22nd Street, New York, NY10011, U.S.A

signed, titled, dated and numbered '3/3 "ENTRANCE / GROuND FLOOR-02 348 WEST 22ND STREET, NEW YORK, NY10011, U.S.A" DOHO 2013' along the lower edge
polyester fabric and stainless steel wire
30.4 x 27.4 x 7 cm. (11 7/8 x 10 3/4 x 2 3/4 in.)
Executed in 2013, this work is number 3 from an edition of 3.

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Estimate
HK$150,000 - 250,000 
€18,700-31,100
$19,200-32,100

Sold for HK$176,400

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20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale in association with Yongle

Hong Kong Auction 30 November 2022