The artist Do Ho Suh is known for creating architectural installations made of translucent fabric. His latest work to be shown in New York is "Reflection," a suspended nylon replica of a gate from his childhood home in Korea.
On view since last Wednesday, this is the inaugural installation at 201 Chrystie Street, the new downtown location of the Lehmann Maupin Gallery. "Reflection" continues Suh's exploration of ephemeral space and memory. "The space I'm interested in is not only a physical one, but an intangible, metaphorical and psychological one," said the artist in a press release. An architectural mirage results from the play of light, depth and weightless structure that is physically "mirrored" through the gauzy blue floor/ceiling plane. Altogether the work is about 26 feet tall. On a purely visual level it calls to mind Robert Irwin's diaphanous mesh installations, or perhaps a Claes Oldenburg "soft" piano or hamburger-- but with less hilarity and more meticulous detailing.
Photos by Liz Ligon. Courtesy of the Artist and Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York.