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Home is the World
Lim Lee Hyungsun  |  smt_ramon@sm.ac.kr
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승인 2012.05.04  00:59:23
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ALL PHOTOS FROM LEEUM MUSEUM
   
 

Have you ever seen this odd statue?  If you have even once been to TIMESQUARE in Yeoungdeungpo, you would answer yes.  The name of this statue is karma and the artist made it to show the Orient’s Ingwa-eungbo philosophy (you reap what you sow).  And interestingly another karma work is on display in the lobby of the Leeum Museum.  Do you know why?  It’s because the artist’s exhibition is held in this museum.  The artist is Do Ho Suh. Especially in this exhibition, Do Ho Suh - Home within Home, he shows his two contradictory worlds through home.  Herman Melville said, Life is a voyage that’s homeward bound.  How about you?  Think about this question, what is the meaning of home for you?  Have you ever seen this odd statue?  If you have even once been to TIMESQUARE in Yeoungdeungpo, you would answer yes.  The name of this statue is karma and the artist made it to show the Orient’s Ingwa-eungbo philosophy (you reap what you sow).  And interestingly another karma work is on display in the lobby of the Leeum Museum. Do you know why?  It’s because the artist’s exhibition is held in this museum.  The artist is Do Ho Suh. Especially in this exhibition, Do Ho Suh - Home within Home, he shows his two contradictory worlds through home.  Herman Melville said, Life is a voyage that’s homeward bound.  How about you?  Think about this question, what is the meaning of home for you?

   
<Seoul Home / Soul Home>
   
 

His Real World

When you take the first step toward this exhibition, you can see a very interesting view from the start.  On the first floor, there are some rooms and homes that have various forms and colors, so perhaps you could doubt that this exhibition is for art or an architectural model.  However, finding an answer of it is not important because you become to be surprised by the delicacy of all the exhibits regardless of the answer.  All of these rooms and homes are Suh’s real experience. He used the rooms where he had lived in the exhibition.  It means that you can see his most personal space and from this point, the room is not for him and is for all visitors.  According to where the home is placed, the home can be a very private room or a very open room.  Just one different point between reality and exhibits is the material. All exhibits on this floor are made of polyester fabric, so they are a very weak. Therefore, visitors are prohibited from touching everything.

This floor is Suh’s real world and all exhibits exist separately.  The Korean home hanok such as Seoul Home / Seoul Home, New York home and Berlin home exist separately in this floor.

 
   
<Blue Print(Leeum Version)>
   
 

   
<North Wall>
   
 

His Imaginary World

During the days overseas, Suh experienced differences like everybody else.  The shock from this difference made him miss his Korean home, hanok. So he stared to imagine.  In his imagination, hanokin Seongbukdong is flying toward the US and somewhere in New York, it falls and gets stuck in the creaks between houses (Fallen Star-1/5).  Maybe this fallen hanok is the artist himself.  Just like a fallen star, he got to fall into foreign culture.  However as time went by, he adapted to the difference, and he started to dream - of the meeting between his Seoul home and his New York home.  He dreamed to build the shortest bridge across the ocean from Seoul and New York and the perfect home was built on this bridge (A Perfect Home : The Bridge Project).  And beyond a mere meeting, final harmony as the one became created.  Home within Home- 1/11 has the figure that hanok is embedded in American home and this work shows what the artist feels and wants to say.

All these imaginations are on display in the second floor and this place has the form of a black box just as I feel that I am in his real brain.  Differently from the first floor which shows his real world, the upper floor is his imaginary world.  This world is full of his desire for home and various efforts.

Now again I ask the question I gave you at the beginning of this article.  What is the meaning of home for you?  After visiting this exhibition, I hope you can answer the question.

   
<Gate (Leeum Version)>
   
 

   
<Home within Home - 1/11>
   
 

   
<Fallen star -1/5>
   
 

   
 
   
 

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