Do Ho Suh is presenting a new body of work at Victoria Miro gallery in Venice this summer, as part of his ongoing Rubbing/Loving project, in which rubbings of interior spaces and everyday objects are created in a process that captures details of his surroundings.
Focusing on objects, fixtures and fittings attached to the walls – light switches, door knobs, a telephone, a tap, a hairdryer hanging from a hook – these artworks are created by lining objects with paper and rubbing the surface with coloured pastels. The gallery states: "The works on display lend a quiet poetry to the quotidian while laying bare the processes, rational yet sensual, that enable the artist to determine and connect with his surroundings. Reconstructed in three dimensions, the completed works exist at the boundary of drawing and sculpture."
Touch and its repetition is a key aspect of Suh’s Rubbing/Loving works. He has often drawn parallels between architectural space and the body and in these works the paper functions as an epidermis – a second or surrogate skin – that bears the impression of his own touch: pastel, applied with the fingertips in a gesture the artist describes as a "caress".
"For Suh," the gallery adds, "these rubbing works function as symbols of memory, and in them, he documents the accumulation of time and preserves his experience of living and working within spaces of special significance."
Born in 1962 in South Korea, Do Ho Suh received a BFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA in sculpture from Yale University. He currently lives and works in London, New York and Seoul.
Do Ho Suh at Victoria Miro in Venice runs until 7 July 2018. Find out more at Victoria-miro.com.