Sunday, March 8, 2009

Do-ho Suh: scale/proportion

This piece by Do-ho Suh defies conventional notions of scale and site-specificity. The legs and shoes fill a large-sized room while the people beneath each foot seem miniscule. The comparison between the people and the legs, in addition to both objects’ sizes relative to that of the room in which they are situated gives the viewer a sense of its enormity and scale. Suh’s work draws attention to the ways viewers occupy and inhabit public space. His creative combination of scale and proportion allow the viewer to focus on the abnormal size proportions, drawing contrasts with an element of shock and awe. In this sculpture in particularly, there is a strong feeling of urgency and fear as the people being “stepped on” are running away.

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