Paratrooper II (installation view Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Morris Gallery), 2005. Monofilament, resin, nylon, poly organza, stainless steel armature. 192 x 180 inches (487.7 x 457.2 cm). Do Ho Suh, Paratrooper V, 2005. Linen, polyester, thread, cast stainless steel, cast concrete, plastic beads. 110 x 281 1/2 x 197 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York. Do Ho Suh, Paratrooper V, 2005 (detail). Linen, polyester, thread, cast stainless steel, cast concrete, plastic beads. 110 x 281 1/2 x 197 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York. Do Ho Suh, Screen, 2005 (detail). ABS, stainless steel. 121 1/2 x 516 x 3/4 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York
Paratrooper II (installation view Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Morris Gallery), 2005. Monofilament, resin, nylon, poly organza, stainless steel armature. 192 x 180 inches (487.7 x 457.2 cm).
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Do Ho Suh, Paratrooper V, 2005. Linen, polyesterthread, cast stainless steel, cast concrete, plastic beads. 110 281 1/2 197 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York.
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Do Ho Suh, Paratrooper V, 2005 (detail). Linen, polyester, thread, cast stainless steel, cast concrete, plastic beads. 110 x 281 1/2 x 197 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York.
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Do Ho Suh, Screen, 2005 (detail). ABS, stainless steel. 121 1/2 x 516 x 3/4 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York
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Do-Ho Suh:

Solo Exhibition

June 18, 2005–September 17, 2005

Opening Reception:

Opening Reception and Gallery Talk by the Artist
Friday, June 17,2005 at 6 p.m.
Members-Only Preview with the Artist at 5 p.m.



FWM Artist-In-Residence Do-Ho Suh draws upon personal experiences of dislocation from a homeland and native culture, and responds to constructs of homesickness and the nature of nationalism. Themes of identity as they relate to notions of personal space are frequently addressed in his work.

Through his residency at The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM), Suh collaborated with FWM to create Paratrooper II, a translucent sculpture made of knitted monofilament, resin, nylon, poly organza and a stainless steel armature that suspends 18 feet in the air in the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts' Morris Gallery. To realize Paratrooper II, FWM Project Coordinator Doina Adam assisted Suh in developing a process to knit monofilament. As a result of their technical collaboration and experimentation, they were able to stretch and mold the material to the shape of the paratrooper–a life-size figure Suh had previously sculpted.

The paratrooper is suspended from a large parachute that hovers above the gallery. Composed of six concentric circles of 225 delicate and individually-sewn poly organza blouses, the multi-faceted parachute supports the solitary figure of the paratrooper, the two connected by the same colorful threads of monofilament with which the figure is knit. Suh carefully and intentionally manipulated the color through a combination of deliberately selected threads of monofilament. The transition of red (hot) and blue (cool) hues represents a transfer of karmic energy passed from generation to generation, from ancestor to ancestor. Paratrooper II follows Suh's earlier Paratrooper I (2003), which debuted at the artist's 2004 exhibition at Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York.

Paratrooper V, on view in FWM 6th floor gallery, derives from the first in the series. Like its predecessor, Paratrooper V is composed of thousands of hand-stitched signatures of family, friends and acquaintances that Suh has collected over the years. The individual threads that form each signature extend horizontally through the gallery and into the grasp of a miniature paratrooper figure where the threads become intertwined and bound together. As the 2004 Lehmann Maupin exhibition press release explains:

"The paratrooper acts as a metaphor for being dropped into and surviving amidst a new environment, and thus, his reliance on his parachute for a safe landing is key. The singular threads in the work, none of which touch another, bind and relate the isolated figure to the individuals represented by the signatures. These strands become deliberate lifelines equally responsible for the fate and existence of the individual."

The Paratrooper series marks a continuation of Suh's effort to address the relationship of the individual and the collective, be it child to ancestor or citizen to society. Like Suh's Seoul Home/L.A. Home/New York Home/Baltimore Home/London Home, Perfect Home, or Some/One, the recent Paratrooper series explores the notion of the individual as a cumulative product of his or her ancestry and culture. Suh notes that clothing is "the most intimate habitable personal space" and with Paratrooper II Suh deliberately juxtaposes the multitude of vacant blouses that form the all-encompassing parachute with the solitary figure of the paratrooper.

The third work included in the exhibition is Suh's most recent sculpture entitled Screen. Depending on a viewers' position relative to the artwork, Screen offers a variety of visual forms and interpretations. Where one view is opaque and narrow depicting compressed color combinations, a simple change of perspective reveals a translucent web of repeating figures, each individual figure supporting the other. Screen, like Suh's earlier sculpture Floor (1997) is composed of hundreds of miniature figures each supporting the other, row upon row, rising from floor to ceiling, spanning FWM's sixth floor west gallery. As with many of Suh's sculptural installations that are deliberately designed to engage the architecture within which they are presented (including Suh's wallpaper design Who am We? (2000), a selection of which was included in The Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art's and FWM's 2003 exhibition On the Wall), Screen is dependant upon the viewer's interaction with the work of art, establishing and changing his or her ultimate perception and experience of the piece.

Considered as a whole, this exhibition presents a selection of Suh's most recent work, including his collaboration with FWM. FWM works with artists-in-residence to present exhibitions that feature the product of its collaboration and present that collaborative work in the larger context of the artist 's career and contribution to contemporary art. This exhibition clearly demonstrates Suh's status as a leading artist, whose work seamlessly marries content and form.



Bio
Born 1962, Seoul. Lives and works in New York City.
Do-Ho Suh received a BFA in painting from Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA in sculpture from Yale University. He has had solo exhibitions at such venues as the Serpentine Gallery, London, Seattle Art Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris. He has also participated in group exhibitions at the Baltimore Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the 49th Venice Biennale, among others. The artist's work is represented in a number of major museum collections including the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Guggenheim Museum, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.