Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Korean Artist Do Ho Suh's "Floor" Installation

Do Ho Suh "Floor"
Do Ho Suh "Floor"

I like installations like this one by Korean artist Do Ho Suh. It uses thousands of tiny toy figures who are molded to hold a tremendous weight above their heads. The social commentary seems obvious in that the middle class is holding up the weight of the world on their hands. It is interesting that the tiny figures are dressed in Business Suits as opposed to the usual downtrodden blue collar workers. Perhaps it's a commentary on the recent financial crisis?

Floor, 1997-2000
Installation at Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York
PVC Figures, Glass Plates, Phenolic Sheets, Polyurethane Resin
40 parts each:
39.37 x 39.37 x 3.15 inches
100 x 100 x 8 cm
Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York

One of the most exciting contemporary artists of our time, Korean Do Ho Suh, created this large sculptural installation that doesn't look like much until you come closer. Glass plates rest on thousands of multicolored miniature plastic figures who are crowded together with their heads and arms turned skyward. Together, they are holding the weight of the individual visitor who steps onto the floor.

Currently showing at Lehmann Maupin's pop-up gallery at the Singapore Tyler Print Institute (STPI), Floor is one of those installations that's wonderfully thought-provoking. The figures represent the diverse and anonymous masses of people who support and/or resist the symbolic floor.

Do Ho Suh "Floor"
Do Ho Suh "Floor"
Do Ho Suh "Floor"

via: My Modern Met

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