Sat, Jun 2, 2018 - Sun, Oct 14
Do Ho Suh, a world-renowned leader in Asian art, is also known for his 2008 work Cause and Effect , part of the permanent collection of Towada Art Center. This solo exhibition, held to commemorate Towada Art Center’s tenth anniversary, brought the latest of his signature fabric sculptures to the museum, as well as a video work that expresses his perspectives as he moves between homes in London, New York, and Seoul. These works raised fundamental questions concerning humanity and identity, questions that arise when transitioning between cultures.
Photo image：Hub, 310 Union Wharf, 23 Wenlock Road, London, N1 7ST, UK,
Photo by Taegsu Jeon
Courtesy the artist, Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong and Seoul and Victoria Miro, London/Venice (reference image)
Do Ho Suh
Born in Seoul, South Korea in 1962, Suh earned his BFA in painting at Rhode Island School of Design and MFA in sculpture at Yale University School of Art.
Suh, who lives and works in London, New York and Seoul, has continued to express feelings of cultural displacement through sculptures and immersive installations of domestic architecture and household items. His series of translucent fabric sculptures recreate the textures and delicate details of spaces he himself has inhabited. Suh has dubbed these works “suitcase homes,” so lightweight and portable they can be installed almost anywhere.
Message from the Artist
Being one of the first artists to be commissioned to create a permanent piece for the museum, Towada has always had a special place in my memory. The architecture also resonates with me – the dedicated rooms for each artist, the linking passageways and transparent walls that blur boundaries between the inside and outside. This is why I chose to create a passageway of weightless hubs for this exhibition. They’re a series of my transitional spaces carrying you from one culture and architecture to another, crossing boundaries and psychological states.
Towada Art Center
9:00-17:00 (admission until 30 minutes before closing)
Closed Mondays (except for National Holidays, in which case the museum is open on the holiday and closed the following Tuesday)
*Open Monday, August 6,13
Exhibition + Permanent Collection: 1,200 yen
Exhibition only: 800 yen
100 yen/ticket discount for groups of 20 or more
High school students and younger: Free
Towada Art Center, Towada City
To-o Nippo Press, The Daily Tohoku Shimbun Inc., Aomori Broadcasting Cooperation, Aomori Television Broadcasting Co., Ltd., Asahi Broadcasting Aomori Co., Ltd., & Towada City Board of Education
Kodama Kanazawa, Fumio Nanjo
1. New Works
Large scale installations with translucent fabric, a style representative of Suh. The exhibition offers an art appreciation experience with a sense of immersion.
2. Japanese Debut of the Film My Home/s
The film My Home/s will be shown for the first time in Japan. The film provides a view into the life of an artist who splits his time between the contrasting cultures of London, New York, and Seoul.
3. Resonating with Cause and Effect (2008, Towada Art Center Permanent Collection)
Cause and Effect, which was produced around the themes of individuals and society, can be seen in a new light as it resonates with Suh’s other works.