Sunday, March 8, 2009

Do-Ho Suh

"Korean artist Do-Ho Suh’s work looks like eye candy, but reads like a masterpiece. Every sculpture is intricately crafted to raise questions about individuality and anonymity. In our contemporary, overpopulated world, is it even possible to stand out, or are we all part of a collective machine? In many of his deceptively simple sculptures, thousands of singular pieces are linked together to form one overarching statement."

Following two years of mandatory military service in Korea, thousands of dog tags were fashioned together to form the shape of an Emperor’s Robe for Suh’s piece, Some/One.
Suh’s experience in the military led to a slew of works questioning the indentity of the individual in the face of a regiment that essentially seeks to efface identity.