NEW BOOK PRESENTS AN INTIMATE VIEW OF DO HO SUH’S HOMES AS YOU’VE NEVER SEEN THEM BEFORE
Monstrous floating houses, “karma” drawings of spiraling, multi-colored auras, and paratroopers with some questionable parachutes tumble from Do Ho Suh’s imagination onto the pages of a new book. Do Ho Suh Drawings presents 180 reproductions of the artist’s work on paper, including never-before-published sketches from his personal notebooks.
The London based, Seoul native is best known for spectral life-size fabric sculptures of his former homes. For his latest series, currently on view at Lehmann Maupin, he traded in his usual materials of silk and nylon for paper. Revisiting his old residences in Korea and New York, he covered their walls with vellum, then rubbed the paper with graphite or colored pencil to create textured imprints of the surfaces and fixtures.
Though his large-scale installations have attracted the most attention, Suh has also produced intimate works on paper for years. The book presents details of his massive architectural sculptures alongside the artist’s studies and pictures sewn with thread. Suh’s paper creations move from the two-dimensional to the three-dimensional and back again. They trace all the paths that lead him back home and all the ways he carries his homes with him.
Do Ho Suh Drawings
Edited by Rochelle Steiner
Contributions by Clara Kim and Elizabeth A.T. Smith
DelMonico Books • Prestel
Do Ho Suh Drawings can be purchased on Lehmann Maupin’s website, as well as at the gallery’s spaces in Chelsea and on Chrystie Street.
IMAGES FROM TOP:Front cover: Do Ho Suh, Rubbing/Loving Project: 348 West 22nd Street, Apt. A, New York, NY 10011, 2013–14, colored pencil on vellum. Do Ho Suh, Fallen Star, 2011, watercolor and colored pencil on paper. Do Ho Suh, Rubbing/Loving Project: 348 West 22nd Street, Apt. A, New York, NY 10011, 2013–14, colored pencil on vellum. Do Ho Suh, Myselves, 2014, thread, cotton, methylcellulose. Do Ho Suh, Rubbing/Loving Project: Seoul Home, 2013–14, graphite on mulberry paper. Do Ho Suh, Karma Juggler, 2004, colored pencil on paper. Do Ho Suh, Rubbing/Loving Project: Company Housing of Gwangju Theater, 2012, graphite on paper, wooden structure, video monitor and player, speaker. Do Ho Suh, Perfect Home, 1999, ink and watercolor on paper. Do Ho Suh, My Homes, 2010, thread embedded in cotton paper. Do Ho Suh, Blueprint, 2014, thread, cotton, methylcellulose. All images ©Do Ho Suh, courtesy of Lehmann Maupin, New York.