Do Ho Suh creates memorial to his lost New York home and studio
Korean artist has moved to London, but his Chelsea apartment lives on in monumental drawings. By Gareth Harris
The South Korean artist Do Ho Suh, whose solo exhibition at Victoria Miro gallery in London opens tomorrow (Passage/s, 1 February-18 March), has created a unique memorial to his former apartment and studio in Chelsea in New York—which he occupied for almost 20 years—by rubbing every surface of the spaces with coloured pencils and pastels on to white paper. Suh has catalogued every sheet and aims to reconstruct the New York interior in the next few years. “The plan is for visitors to enter the reconstruction as if they were entering the apartment,” Suh says.
The artist moved to the four-storey New York residence on West 22nd Street in 1995. He had to give up the space in November last year after his landlord died. He began rubbing the interior around three years ago with the landlord’s permission; the brownstone residence has since been sold.
Image: courtesy of the artist and Lehmann Maupin; photo: Kitmin Lee