Do-Ho Suh’s 310 sqft NYC Apartment – An Art Installation

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0 to 60: the Experience of Time through Contemporary Art is an exhibit by the North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) and Penland School of Crafts featuring work from various artists exploring the theme of art and time. This is perhaps my all-time favorite exhibition at the NCMA.

I was particularly fascinated by Do-Ho Suh‘s piece, “348 West 22nd St., Apt. A, New York, NY 10011.” It is part of his “The Perfect Home” series where he creates full-scale replicas of his apartments – out of transparent nylon.

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The nylon walls hang weightlessly from a minimal metal frame. Suh recreates every element of his Chelsea apartment, including windows, doors, fireplace, appliances, faucets, and all the light switches. He even stitches a brick pattern around the fireplace and a tile pattern in the bathroom. I was amazed by his intricate detail.

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This series speaks to his transient life between Seoul and New York City, with the works resembling the surreal memory of space and place. Learn more about “The Perfect Home” through this video of his installation at the Tate Modern.

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It was fun documenting this apartment even though it’s only a suggestion of space. I represented the space by a hand-sketched plan, and photographs capture the dream-like environment.  I was intrigued by the sense of being in this space, but also seeing the gallery and visitors beyond.

Since the 310 sqft apartment was only slightly larger than my studio apartment, I couldn’t help but compare the plans and the spaces they created. The layout was really efficient, with a bathroom and a comfortable-sized kitchen to one side, maximizing the rest of the studio’s living space. Suh’s apartment had a clearer definition of space, whereas the definition at my studio came from it’s length and added built-ins. I wonder how he arranged his furniture…

The exhibit is open through August 11, 2013, so make sure you stop by before it ends!

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5 thoughts on “Do-Ho Suh’s 310 sqft NYC Apartment – An Art Installation

  1. Hello! I found your site through your Youtube video. I was looking for some inspiration, being a family of 5 in a 900 square foot CT home. I certainly found what I was looking for! And this blog is a treasure! It makes me excited about small space living and want to get creative and make it work instead of getting frustrated with our small space and growing family… Beautiful work, Nicole, and congratulations on your engagement! What a beautiful couple you are! It will be so interesting to see where you go from here with your space as your life changes. I wish the two of you all the best. I’m so glad I found this lovely, cozy corner of the internet! Yay!

  2. Pingback: do-ho suh, 348 West 22nd St., Apt. A, New York, NY 10011 | where is our home

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