Do Ho Suh’s magical fabric spaces

Do Ho Suh’s exhibition, Passages, at the Victoria Miro gallery focuses on the spaces we easily overlook; the spaces between spaces, the corridors, hallways and lobbies that link the significant places in our lives. He gets us to see them afresh in a novel way – by presenting them as sheer gauze walls in zinging colours.

Do Ho Suh at Victoria Miro

The spaces are linked to form a single corridor you can walk through, but in fact different colours represents different places from the artist’s life, with just over half taken from the North London building where he lives and works.

Do Ho Suh at Victoria Miro

The intricately reproduced details of each space give you a clue as to where they are from. So the corridor starts in jade green with the artist’s childhood home in Seoul, South Korea.

Do Ho Suh at Victoria Miro

Do Ho Suh at Victoria Miro

Though the walls look quite solid, like perspex, in photos, in real life they’re fine and delicate, only stopped from waving in the breeze by their rigid frames.

Do Ho Suh at Victoria Miro

The main entrance at 388 Benefit St, Providence, Rhode Island, where Suh lived as a student, is rendered in dark blue.

Do Ho Suh at Victoria Miro

The orange section, complete with fire extinguisher, is from North London.

Do Ho Suh at Victoria Miro

More fire precautions feature in the yellow section, again from London.

Do Ho Suh at Victoria Miro

Finally the pink section leads naturally to a view of the flats opposite the gallery.

Do Ho Suh at Victoria Miro

In other parts of the gallery Suh’s two dimensional structures made from fabric and gelatine are on display.

Do Ho Suh at Victoria Miro

But it’s the spaces that people come to see, in one of Victoria Miro’s most popular shows. The exhibition continues until 18th March.

Do Ho Suh at Victoria Miro

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