A Perfect Home: The Bridge ProjectStorefront for Art and Architecture
Exhibition VenueStorefront for Art and Architecture, New York
Sep 15, 2010
4 West Burton Place
Chicago, Illinois 60610
A Perfect Home: The Bridge Project elaborates upon ten years of research into the subject of transcultural displacement. Do-Ho Suh designs a model of an inhabitable bridge that spans from Seoul to New York. This research began with his Seoul Home project, where he made an exact replica of his childhood Korean home in silk so he could fold and pack it into a suitcase and carry "his home" wherever he went. Suh's idea is to build a bridge that joins these two homes, thus connecting the spatial, temporal, psychological, and cultural distance between Seoul and New York. While this conceptual project started by simply connecting the two cities with a bridge and putting a house in the middle, it has evolved into a utopian engineering and architectural endeavor. Suh imagines the bridge as if it could be built in real life, if there were no budgetary constraints, and all technical challenges were surmountable.
Do Ho Suh (b. 1962, Seoul, Korea) received a BFA in painting from Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA in sculpture from Yale University. He has since had solo exhibitions at the Serpentine Gallery, London, Seattle Art Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris, and the Artsonje Center in Korea. He has participated in group exhibitions at the Baltimore Museum of Art; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the 49th Venice Biennale, among others. Interested in the malleability of space in both its physical and metaphorical manifestations, Suh constructs site-specific installations that question the boundaries of identity. He explores the relationship between individuality, collectivity, and anonymity. His work is represented in a number of major museum collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art; the Guggenheim Museum; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.
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