Intimacy and Anonymity

What is Do Ho Suh revealing – and hiding – in the spaces he creates?

By Mark Rappolt

Do Ho Suh, Passage/s, 2016, polyester fabric on stainless steel pipes, dimensions variable. © the artist. Courtesy the artist, Lehmann Maupin, New York & Hong Kong, and Victoria Miro, London Do Ho Suh, Passage/s, 2016, polyester fabric on stainless steel pipes, dimensions variable. © the artist. Courtesy the artist, Lehmann Maupin, New York & Hong Kong, and Victoria Miro, London Do Ho Suh, Main Entrance, 348 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011, USA, 2016, thread drawing, gelatin sheet embedded on STPI handmade cotton paper, 336 × 229 cm. © the artist. Courtesy the artist, STPI, Singapore, and Victoria Miro, London Do Ho Suh, Staircase, Ground Floor, 348 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011, USA, 2016, thread drawing, gelatin sheet embedded on STPI handmade cotton paper, 354 × 227 cm.© the artist. Courtesy the artist, STPI, Singapore, and Victoria Miro, London Do Ho Suh, Entrance, Unit 2, 348 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011, USA, 2016, thread drawing, gelatin sheet embedded on STPI handmade cotton paper, 282 × 229 cm. © the artist. Courtesy the artist, STPI, Singapore, and Victoria Miro, London Do Ho Suh, Light Bulbs, Apartment A, 348 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011, USA, 2015, thread drawing, gelatin sheet embedded on STPI handmade cotton paper, 336 × 229 cm. Produced at STPI – Creative Workshop & Gallery, Singapore. © the artist.Courtesy the artist, STPI, Singapore, and Victoria Miro, London

Tollund Man is a naturally mummified corpse dating from the fourth century BC found in a Danish bog in 1950. During the time between Tollund Man’s immersion and retrieval from the mire, his skin and woollen hat (that’s all he’s wearing) have attained a uniform, glossy, leathery texture; his baggy body appears deflated and flattened, the skin collapsing around the bones, as if time has pressed out one of his three dimensions. Overall he looks a bit empty. But from…

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