Passages by Do Ho Suh

Do Ho Suh: Passage/s

1 February – 18 March 2017

Victoria Miro Gallery

“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.” – Do Ho Suh

I came across this exhibition completely by chance; it came up as an advert on my facebook feed. Coincidentally it was relevant to my project that I’m currently doing at college, so I decided that I must go and see it. I went with a friend on Friday 17th March, a day before the exhibition was due to close. It was very busy outside and there was a long queue to get into the gallery. When we got in we first came into gallery 1, in gallery 1 on display there were thread drawings that were all on gelatine sheets embedded on STPI handmade cotton paper, we didn’t spend a lot of time in this room, so once we had looked at the 6 drawings we moved on to the next part of the exhibition.

Outside in the garden area was another queue to get onto gallery 2 where the main part of the exhibition was. Once we got upstairs there was another short queue to go and look and walk around the sculpture. Even though there was a lot of queuing involved I can understand why, there was a lot of people there and the sculpture would get damaged if there was too many people walking around it, furthermore you wouldn't have been able to see the sculpture if there were too many people there. We were also asked to put our bags down at the side so we wouldn’t accidentally hit it with our bags. I think they could have let even less people in at a time because once we got inside the passages it was quite hard to see, especially being a short person everybody around me was tall, I could look up or at the sides but I couldn’t look ahead through the passages like in the image advertising the exhibition. If you wanted to stop and look at something or take a picture you either couldn’t or had to be very quick because the people behind you were herding you along. Inside there weren’t many objects but he included a few like a fire extinguisher, fire escape signs, lights and light switches.

From the outside of the sculpture it was easier to see and appreciate the work as a whole. When I first saw it, like everyone that I showed my pictures to, I thought it was made out of coloured see-through plastic and glued together but when I got closer I could see it was a fabric and that it was sewn together. The material that it was made out of was polyester. I really liked how colourful the sculpture was, each bit of passage was a different colour which helped you see that they represented different places, and each place represented locations from different parts of the artists life. From the outside you could see the people moving about on the inside, and it was interesting to stand back and just watch people interacting with it for a while.

I liked the scale of the work and the fact that you could walk through and around it, rather than just looking at a picture on the wall, it was a different experience to most art exhibitions and I thought it was excellent. 

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