Simple Shape's 'What We Saw' Review: 2. Do Ho Suh, Victoria Miro Gallery, London

This is the second of our new 'What We Saw' strand, a minuscule monthly review of the best thing (maybe art, dance, drama, food...?) I've seen over the last month. This time I went to the Victoria Miro Gallery in Wharf Road, a place I've never visited before to see an artist that I knew nothing about.
I went because I've read and seen incredible things and I wanted to see if the hype was valid.

DO HO SUH: PASSAGE/S
Victoria Miro, 16 Wharf Road, London, N1
until 18 March 2017

Detail from Exit Series, 2016; placed in light boxes in the vast upstairs gallery with it's round window and imposing exposed rafters the 8 pieces of Exit Series, ordinary household fixtures and fittings; lightbulbs, switches, entry buzzers, hold the space quietly.

Detail from Exit Series, 2016; placed in light boxes in the vast upstairs gallery with it's round window and imposing exposed rafters the 8 pieces of Exit Series, ordinary household fixtures and fittings; lightbulbs, switches, entry buzzers, hold the space quietly.

It was. Using fabric and stitch to make two-dimensional 'drawings' and architectural works this is one of the most incredible shows I think I've ever seen. Mesmerizing in its detail. Quiet in tone. Breathtaking in scale. And thought provoking, especially in our time of hurry and rush, see and do.

Even in wanting to see Do Ho Suh's Passage/s I was well aware of having fallen at the first hurdle, "We tend to focus on the destination all the time and forget the in-between spaces". In my urgency not to miss out, what did I miss on the way? I've been left wondering.

Images in no particular order. None of these images do the work justice (apologies Do Ho Suh).

Passage/s, 2105; a walk-through configuration of meticulously replicated places that Do Ho Suh has lived and worked. Formed in stainless steel at one-to-one scale in richly coloured polyester fabric, these are transitory, connecting spaces are the mundane "getting from a to b" places that nobody really sees.

Passage/s, 2105; a walk-through configuration of meticulously replicated places that Do Ho Suh has lived and worked. Formed in stainless steel at one-to-one scale in richly coloured polyester fabric, these are transitory, connecting spaces are the mundane "getting from a to b" places that nobody really sees.

Entrance Apartment A, 348 West 22nd Street NY; thread drawing on gelatine sheet (when the gelatine tissue is immersed in water the gelatine dissolves and the skeletal stitched framework is left).

Entrance Apartment A, 348 West 22nd Street NY; thread drawing on gelatine sheet (when the gelatine tissue is immersed in water the gelatine dissolves and the skeletal stitched framework is left).

Detail from Main Entrance, 348 West 22nd Street NY

Detail from Main Entrance, 348 West 22nd Street NY

Door handle detail, polyester fabric stretched over stainless steel.

Door handle detail, polyester fabric stretched over stainless steel.

Exit Series, string on lights.

Exit Series, string on lights.

The round window in the upstairs Gallery at the Victoria Miro, Wharf Road.

The round window in the upstairs Gallery at the Victoria Miro, Wharf Road.


I went with my photographer friend Alex Dao, she took some super pictures, make sure you look at her Instagram for her pictures and thoughts too.