Do Ho Suh

DoHo Suh

Theexistence of unique and amazing works of art is fascinating andproves that some artists are greatly talented. I was particularlyamazed by one piece of art that stands tall in the heart of BuffaloCity, outside the Albright–Knox Art Gallery. The piece is a tallsculpture gives a clear mystery when I explored to know how it wascreated and the skills of the artist. On further research, I foundthe man behind the masterpiece, . This paper seeks tointroduce as an artist and demonstrate his background andrelated works of art. By presenting his biography and contribution tothe society, this paper seeks to unveil the expertise and style of DoHo Suh as well as the factors that have shaped his work.

DoHo Suh’s Biography

Idiscovered that was born in South Korea in a Seoul Citywhich is South Korea’s largest metropolis. I love theprofessionalism in art and I am so inspired that such a greatsculptor studied a Master of Fine in painting Art after graduatingwith a Bachelor of Fine Art. To be such a good artist, hasa high level of discipline, which may have been acquired during hisstay service in the South Korean military. His artistic styles aresignificantly influenced by the United States social-economic life.This is because he relocated to the united stated to study at theYale University. He lives with the influence of both the American artscene and the Korean background.

While has a background from the two societies, his style ofartistry is influenced by a number of artists. One of the influencesof his work is Gordon Matta, whose paintings are closely reflected inthe Fallen Star. However, most of the influence of his work emanatesfrom the society. I have realized that the experiences that he hasfaced as he grew up in South Korea as well as the American life haveimpacted in his art. For instance, the Fallen Star indicates a crashof cultures like the one he experienced in the United States. Fromthe interview of Wagner (1), I realized that the piece reflects theidea of a home in the cultural displacement as well as the effects ofimmigration.

Onfurther inquiry from some of the trusted internet sources, it isfascinating to realize that has had solo galleries inseveral museums globally. Most of his works of art are showcased inthe United States, the United Kingdom and South Korea. He currentlylives in the in New York and works in both the United States andSouth Korea in Seoul. His sculptures and works of art reflectdiverse global aspects and social-economic life of transnationalsocieties. According to Wagner (1), he has represented South Korea inmajor art exhibitions such as the 2001 Venice Biennale and theSerpentine Gallery in London.

Worksof Art

Ifound out that the sculptures by are inspired by the issuesthat impact on the modern day society. I also discovered significantelements of abstract life that leaves the viewers thinking tointerpret his works of art. To date, the Karma Sculpture is the mostcomplex and amazing piece of art that I have seen in recent times.The sculpture is 23 feet tall into the sky depicting the currentissues that human beings face on a daily basis (Jobson 2). Thesculpture is made up of a series of joined men-sculptures who areblinded by each other. The series of blinded strong men-sculpturesstands on a strong man who seems to carry the weight of thesuccessive piggybacked men tower.

Anotherof the related work of art by is the giant tornadoconstituting figures of piggybacked men. The installation isdisplayed at the Western Washington University as a vast ceiling. Theinstallation forms a masterpiece of thousands of figures stacked ontop of each other and anchored in a strand (Jobson 2). According toWagner (1), the main intent of Suh on the installations to expresscertain values of the society, especially in regard to strength ofunity. Similarly, the Fallen Star is another large piece of art that developed to explore and express the meaning of home in themidst of immigration (Belcove, 1). It is a masterpiece in the JacobsSchool of Engineering representing a small home that is crashing orlanded in the Jacobs Hall.

Ifurther compared the Karma sculpture with the fishing net made in2010. The net shows an interconnection of several men figures holdingeach other’s arms lifted diagonally up and legs stranded to joineach other. In comparison with the karma, the fence shows an infinitecontinuity of the figures since they can be developed to form a chainof nets. The figures are made of plastic that is plated in gold andchrome to form a net. According to Wagner (1), the net is a metallicframe that was installed in the Japanese sea shores to be washed bythe waves. Wagner (1) notes that the net was intended to show how thesculpture interacted with nature, in order to bring a lesson topeople about their interaction with nature.


Irealized that one of ’s styles is the use of multiplefigures in his pieces of art. On a close look, I discover that thesculpture tower is made to create an illusion of men blinding eachother upwards to infinity. Although made the sculpture withonly 98 figures, this illusion captures the viewer due to the styleof infinite length that he employed (Jobson, 1). This style is commonwith , who is known for using multiple figures in his worksof art. I compare this sculpture with ’s piece ofTornadoes and Chain Link Fences. The style creates a sense of

TheSociety Influence

Mostof the work of art by is influenced by the society andsocial values and issues. One of the direct works that directlyreflect this influence is the chain link fence installation. Thepiece was made for the Setouchi International Art Festival to depictthe Japanese culture. According to Wagner (1), wanted tocreate a piece that was directly inspired by the Chinese fishingvillages and blends the sea landscape. involved villagersin this piece during the building and installation in the sea shore.This created the significance of his artwork in showing theimportance of good interaction between people and nature.

Afterstudying several pieces of art by , I discovered that one ofthe main lessons that tries to impart to the society ispositive human reliance on others. Through his sculptures, involves multiple figures that join to form a series that constitutethe pieces (Jobson, 1). Through the Karma Sculpture, Suh makes astatement regarding the significance of human reliance on each other.The sculpture shows me that I rely on other people and other peoplealso rely on me. This constructive dependence reflects how a societyshould live as well as how people in communities should support eachother.

Afterfurther examination, I discovered that many of the ’ssculptures use multiple figures to show the importance of unity inthe society. There is no one who can stand alone without thecooperation with others. This is particularly shown by the gianttornado installed at Western Washington University. The tornadosuggests the strength of many and the beauty that several people formwhen they unite for a common purpose (Jobson 2, 1). At the same time,the sculptures show the significance of single identity in thesociety and how people coexist to produce the strength.


Thepieces of art by are not only fascinating to look at butalso complex in imparting certain values in the society. Despitebeing influenced by Korean and American societies, illustrates global aspects of global values in the sculptures hecreates. Born in Korea and lived in the United States, represents an example of the contemporary artists who develop uniquepieces of art by adapting different styles. For , the use ofmultiple figures in his pieces is dominant in his works of art. Thisis seen as a way of creating uniqueness, complexity as well as passmessages to the society. Through these findings, I find tobe a favorite artist whose art works have inspired my progress aswell as future in the career.


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