To inaugurate our new second location at 201 Chrystie Street, Lehmann Maupin Gallery is pleased to announce the exhibition of Reflection by Do Ho Suh, a continuation of the exhibition at Lehmann Maupin Gallery’s Chelsea location at 540 West 26th Street.
Reflection expands Suh’s series of architectural spaces comprised of translucent fabric. During 1990s the artist replicated a number of homes he inhabited at various times around the world. These all culminated in The Perfect Home (2002), an amalgamation of Suh’s fragmented visual memories. Following The Perfect Home, Suh turned towards specific structures of transition such as staircases, hallways, and gates. “The space I’m interested in is not only a physical one, but an intangible, metaphorical and psychological one. For me, space is that which encompasses everything. So in that sense, one could say that my art looks at diverse forms and media through the prism called reflection on space” (Suh, 2003). Reflection is a replica of the gate between the main house and the children’s bedroom of Suh’s parents’ home in Korea. The double gate separated by a translucent floor was first exhibited at the Hermes headquarters in Tokyo and this will be its premier in the United State s. The artist believes that the doorway of the gate was intentionally designed low so that all those entering and leaving the home were obliged to bow theirs heads as a way of showing respect. Suh has faithfully re-created each aspect of the original gate from the dragon design to the brickwork. The fabric –– flexible, transparent, porous, and permeable ––blurs the boundaries and conventional definitions of the object. He views it not only as a gate –– or rather the memory of a gate –– but also as a space for individual contemplation. In this way, the viewer is asked to meditate on how one remembers images and space and how these aspects open questions regarding the human mind.