Paratrooper-I , 2003
linen, polyester thread, cast stainless steel, cast concrete, plastic beads
122 x 153 x 240 inches, 309.9 x 388.6 x 609.6 cm
Lehmann Maupin would like to announce an exhibition of "Paratrooper-I", a new sculptural installation by Do-Ho Suh. This will mark the artist's third solo exhibition at Lehmann Maupin.
For "Paratrooper-I", more than 3,000 different signatures - names of friends, acquaintances and strangers collected from personal journals and exhibition guest books - have been hand-stitched onto a thin, suspended layer of linen. The long, pink loose threads extending from each name are bound together and held by a small, shiny steel paratrooper standing atop a concrete base. The figure tugs at the threads as if collecting a deflated or caught parachute.
The uniqueness associated with the individual signatures stands in contrast to the singular emblematic structure of the paratrooper and military convention. The threads also act as metaphors for the personal connections one makes during a lifetime. The work addresses issues of the individual and the collective, and incorporates ideas of personal history, identity, and the notion of collective strength.
Do-Ho Suh was born in 1962 in Seoul, Korea. He received his MFA in sculpture from Yale University and BFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design. He has had solo exhibitions at Whitney Museum of American Art at Phillip Morris, the Serpentine Gallery, Seattle Art Museum, and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, among other venues, and most recently at the ArtSonje Center in Seoul Korea. Suh was also invited to participate in the 49th Venice Biennale. Suh's work is included in numerous museum collections including the Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Exhibition: April 30 - June 5, 2004
Gallery hours: Mon-Fri 10 am - 6 pm
Lehmann Maupin Gallery (North Gallery)
540 West 26 Street
USA-New York, NY 10001
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