“Some/One” (2001)
Stainless steel dog tags, nickel-plated copper sheets, glass fiber, rubber sheets

“Some/One” (2001)
Stainless steel dog tags, nickel-plated copper sheets, glass fiber, rubber sheets

“Cause and Effect” (2007)
Acrylic, stainless steel and aluminum frame

“Cause and Effect” (2007)
Acrylic, stainless steel and aluminum frame

“Floor” (1997-2000)
PVC figures, glass plates, phenolic sheets, polyurethane resin

“High School Uni-Form” (1997)
Fabric, plastic, stainless steel, casters

“Paratrooper-I” (2003)
Linen, polyester thread, cast stainless steel, cast concrete, plastic beads

“Paratrooper-I” (2003)
Linen, polyester thread, cast stainless steel, cast concrete, plastic beads

Do Ho Suh is a sculptor who was born in Korea and studied there as well as the United States. He battles with his identity due to the two unrelated locations he inhabits–New York and Korea. This idea of an “identity battle” is shown throughout his artwork. There are many common features and themes I noticed shown in his work such as: uniforms, small figurines, culture, economics, and politics to name a few. His artwork can be repetitive, but it all embraces different aspects of identity.  Surprisingly, a lot of his works have hidden messages and details that one would not notice until they look closer. This is the reason why I chose this artist because he makes you look beyond the bigger picture. For example, at first glance, “Some/One” looks like just a regular sculpture of a korean-inspired uniform. After looking at it in detail, I noticed it was made up of thousands of dog tags. There are several explanations that crossed my mind but I believe this really symbolizes the military as well as economics and how easy it is for all the identities to be forgotten and standardized once they’re in uniform. You can’t just look at the bigger picture because you’ll overshadow  the details.

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