Emily Cooper, Curatorial Trainee (MA Curating, UWE), reports from behind-the-scenes of Do Ho Suh's new installation at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery
Internationally renowned contemporary artist, Do Ho Suh is showcasing his unique installation, New York City Apartment/Bristol at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery this spring.
The specially commissioned installation manifests as a life sized recreation of the corridor in his brownstone apartment building in New York City. Known for his use of unusual materials, Suh has created this piece using green and red translucent polyester, blurring the line between the physical and imagined space.
As a South Korean who spent most of his adult life abroad; Do Ho Suh examines his personal sense of physical and cultural displacement through his work and is known for creating works that explore the issues of separation, migration, sense of loss and longing.
He does this through representing real objects such as furniture, rooms and buildings that serve as mementos of real spaces, but in unusual materials or in an unexpected scale.
This immersive installation serves as a memento to the real thing. Removed from its original context and presented within the walls of the gallery space; the piece has a ghost like quality. Visitors can walk both around and through the space to explore Do Ho Suh’s ideas on memory, separation, homesickness and globalisation.
Suh’s work is versatile and is made with various ways of presentation in mind. For this exhibition the work has been constructed from the ground up to give the visitor a realistic idea of scale. It also gives the visitor the ability to explore the space and study the intricate detail, as well as the chance to closely admire the magnificent craftsmanship involved in the manufacture of the work.
New York City Apartment/Bristol was commissioned especially for Bristol in partnership with Arnolfini and developed with a significant grant from the Art Fund under Art Fund International, and further support from the Arts Council England/V&A Purchase Grant Fund and the Henry Moore Foundation.
The installation is on display at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery until Sunday 27 September.