"I still think the social function of art is that kind of negative aesthetic. Otherwise there’s no social function for it."
Do-Ho Suh was born in Seoul, Korea, in 1962. After earning his BFA and MFA in Oriental Painting from Seoul National University, and fulfilling his term of mandatory service in the South Korean military, Suh relocated to the United States to continue his studies at the Rhode Island School of Design and Yale University. Best known for his intricate sculptures that defy conventional notions of scale and site-specificity, Suh draws attention to the ways viewers occupy and inhabit public space. In several of the artist’s floor sculptures, viewers are encouraged to walk on surfaces composed of thousands of miniature human figures. In "Some/One," the floor of the gallery is blanketed with polished military dog tags. Evocative of the way an individual soldier is part of a larger troop or military body, these dog tags swell to form a hollow, ghost-like suit of armor at the center of the room. Whether addressing the dynamic of personal space versus public space, or exploring the fine line between strength in numbers and homogeneity, Suh’s sculptures continually question the identity of the individual in today’s increasingly transnational, global society. Do-Ho Suh represented Korea at the 2001 Venice Biennale. A retrospective of the artist’s work was held jointly at Seattle Art Museum and Seattle Asian Art Museum in 2002. Major exhibitions of Suh’s work have also been held at Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris (2001); Serpentine Gallery, London (2002); and Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri (2002–03).