List the artists you viewed.
Do Ho Suh
•Who surprised you the most?
I think Nick Cave surprised and intrigued me the most. His exclusive “Thick Skin” discusses the experiences that force him to confront his identity as a black man—including being racially profiled by police—and how they fuel his impulse to create. That catapulted him to create Soundsuits which are somewhat childlike costumes that hide the individual so the audience reserves any form of bias based on gender, race and class. Joan Jonas’ whimsical approach to art also surprised me.
•Which artist was most concerned with the process of making the work?
Arlene Shechet was thoughtful and exacting in her process of making cast paper reliefs. Throughout the process, Arlene uses her fingers and other objects from her studio to mold and imprint the clay. She describes “color and form” as an important part of her work and that “color is the paper”. “The thing about working with paper is the immediacy of that entire process,” she says . “I love seeing the thing and responding.” By layering sheets of paper over rubber molds, which are made in her ceramics studio, Shechet directly links the two practices. The molds transfer the texture of glazed clay, firebricks, and tool markings into the paper pulp.
•Which artist was most concerned with creativity in the idea for their art or the work itself?
In “Rubbing/Loving” Do Ho Suh covered every surface of an apartment with white paper which he then rubbed with colored pencil to reveal and preserve all of the space’s memory-provoking details. “My energy has been accumulated and in a way I think my rubbing shows that,” he says. “I’m trying to show the layers of time.”
It serves as a transportable testament to the home’s emotional importance to Do Ho Suh and the owner’s family. He says “I try to understand my life as a movement through different spaces.” Suh was born in South Korea, studied in Rhode Island and Connecticut and now lives in London.
•Which artist was most concerned with materials?
Arlene Shechet with her detailed use of clay and paper. And Sarah Sze with her desire to have a tactile relationship with materials in a world saturated with digital imagery. For her 2015 exhibition at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, Sze amplified and countered this contemporary experience through her installation “Second Studio”. By arranging paint skins, torn paper images, and other materials such as wood, thread, and rocks, Sze explored our fragmented relationship to illusionistic images by focusing our attention on each object’s materiality.