Passing through Do Ho Suh’s translucent mesh sculptures – colourful 3D visions of architectural spaces that inhabit the top floor of Passage/s, his first exhibition at Victoria Miro in London’s Hoxton – is like entering a dream state. You feel as though you have inhabited a physical space but the stitched planes of polyester fabrics are weightless and the collision of pastel colours around you has a hallucinatory effect.
This is the point of these ghostly walk-through “Hub” works: as you move between them you experience a state of flux. They are connected spaces of transition, life-size recreations of corridors from Suh’s life. Born in South Korea, a student in the US and most recently moving between London, New York and Seoul, he has always been on the move. Here he uses materials and light to reflect on the journey.
Through these intricate architectural installations and other works on display – such as fabric sculptures on lightboxes and large-scale 2D “drawings” – Soh explores ideas of home, shifting identity, culture and the constructed environment. In doing so, he creates a lived experience.
1 February – 18 March.
Victoria Miro, 16 Wharf Road, London, N1 7RW.
Photo: Thierry Bal. Courtesy the Artist, Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong, and Victoria Miro, London c/o Do Ho Suh.