After the success of Yayoi Kusama’s exhibition at the Victoria Miro last year, I was intrigued to see the next colourful installation at the Old Street based gallery – a series of works and physical structure by Korean sculptor and installation artist, Do Ho Suh. If you haven’t yet heard of him, get on it. Chances are, you may have already glanced at his pastel creations via Instagram these past few weeks.
Inspired by his nomadic lifestyle, Do Ho Suh has created an endless corridor of alternative colourful structures for the gallery as well as some 2D pressed versions for the lower ground floors. While I mentioned Instagram earlier, the exhibition showcases much more than a visual feast of pastel features, instead highlighting some extremely important messaging that we all need to think on just a little more.
“I see life as a passageway, with no fixed beginning or destination. We tend to focus on the destination all the time and forget about the in-between spaces. But without these mundane spaces that nobody really pays attention to, these grey areas, one cannot get from point a to point b.” – Do Ho Suh
Culminated from Suh’s memories of nine previous homes and workplaces, from his childhood home in South Korea, his student home in Rhode Island and further homes and studios in both Berlin and New York, Passage/s is an embodiment of all of our journeys. At this point in our lives, we’ve all been through it. Your first childhood home, to your undergraduate digs, to your latest rented pad, but how much of it did you really take in?
Best known for his intricate sculptures, Suh questions how we view the world, exploring the relationships between individuality, inclusivity and anonymity, while also touching on migration, transience and the shifting identities we encounter. The translucent fabric forms of the passageway inform one another and interact as they cross paths. As the user moves through them, they experience the moment of crossing a boundary, moving between a pastel vortex. The intricate design makes each ‘room’ feel special and details of fire alarms and safety signs come to the forefront, when before they would have been ignored. I must admit, these were the details that had me geeking out, the elaborate lines of the type and the twisted nature of the door handles – a complete work of art.
While there is even more to Do Ho Suh’s words, I like to take them quite literally. We have a habit of always trying to take the end destination as a goal, one that can’t be missed and one that we should always aim for. The world tells us to be that way and we end up losing half of our lives while trying to get to that goal, only to realise we’re not satisfied once we achieve it. Passage/s tells us to stop and think about the individual beauty of the spaces and people around us, admire them and give thanks for each and every little aspect of our lives. The colours of objects, the detail in a sign, the hand-craftsmanship of building – it’s all our for the taking. Right now, or in this case until Saturday 18th March.
To see more of this incredible installation visit: Victoria Miro Gallery:
16 Wharf Road, London, N1 7RW
Until Saturday 18th March.
Opening hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-6pm