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    [Do-Ho Suh addresses issues of identity, memory, and relationships. Son of the famous Korean ink-painter Suh Se-Ok, Do-Ho Suh is a leading figure in the transnational avant-garde generation of Korean artists who came of age in the late 1990s, and his work eloquently represents a dual consciousness between East and West.

    Karma, 2010, a twenty-three-foot-high (7m), monumental bronze sculpture, appears at first to be a graceful curvature, rising up in a trajectory that defies normal structural integrity. Closer inspection of the work reveals that is it composed of a striding human figure that carries on his shoulders a series of crouching figures, perched one on top the other. Each figure holds his hands over the eyes of the figure beneath him, as if to show that humanity's reliance on its fellow man is not only essential – we all stand on the shoulders of those who came before us – but a complete and terrifying leap of faith. This leap of faith is especially evident in the dangerous degree to which this chain of humanity is stretching into a gravity-defying arch.

    These linked forms essentially reflect the intertwining of our lives and the karmic truth of connection. Suh may not directly or explicitly insert the philosophical traditions of Buddhism into his work, but he did grow up in South Korea, where Buddhism is one of the many Eastern philosophical traditions embedded in everyday life. In fact, Karma can be seen as a visual representation of how each of our lives and past experiences are not autonomous, but are built up, one upon the other]. – Albrightknox.org


    [Karma] by Do-Ho Suh. Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA. (Photo by Alan Teo)


    [Karma] by Do-Ho Suh. Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA. (Photo by Alan Teo)




    [Karma] by Do-Ho Suh. Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA. (Photo by Sssorry)


    [Karma] by Do-Ho Suh. Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA. (Photo by Sssorry)




    [Karma] by Do-Ho Suh. Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA. (Photo by Alan Teo)


    [Karma] by Do-Ho Suh. Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA. (Photo by Alan Teo)




    [Karma] by Do-Ho Suh. Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA. (Photo by framboise)


    [Karma] by Do-Ho Suh. Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA. (Photo by framboise)




    [Karma] by Do-Ho Suh. Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA. (Photo by Alan Teo)


    [Karma] by Do-Ho Suh. Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA. (Photo by Alan Teo)




    [Karma] by Do-Ho Suh. Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA. (Photo by framboise)


    [Karma] by Do-Ho Suh. Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA. (Photo by framboise)


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[Karma] by Do-Ho Suh


[Do-Ho Suh addresses issues of identity, memory, and relationships. Son of the famous Korean ink-painter Suh Se-Ok, Do-Ho Suh is a leading figure in the transnational avant-garde generation of Korean artists who came of age in the late 1990s, and his work eloquently represents a dual consciousness between East and West.

Karma, 2010, a twenty-three-foot-high (7m), monumental bronze sculpture, appears at first to be a graceful curvature, rising up in a trajectory that defies normal structural integrity. Closer inspection of the work reveals that is it composed of a striding human figure that carries on his shoulders a series of crouching figures, perched one on top the other. Each figure holds his hands over the eyes of the figure beneath him, as if to show that humanity's reliance on its fellow man is not only essential – we all stand on the shoulders of those who came before us – but a complete and terrifying leap of faith. This leap of faith is especially evident in the dangerous degree to which this chain of humanity is stretching into a gravity-defying arch.

These linked forms essentially reflect the intertwining of our lives and the karmic truth of connection. Suh may not directly or explicitly insert the philosophical traditions of Buddhism into his work, but he did grow up in South Korea, where Buddhism is one of the many Eastern philosophical traditions embedded in everyday life. In fact, Karma can be seen as a visual representation of how each of our lives and past experiences are not autonomous, but are built up, one upon the other]. – Albrightknox.org


[Karma] by Do-Ho Suh. Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA. (Photo by Alan Teo)


[Karma] by Do-Ho Suh. Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA. (Photo by Alan Teo)




[Karma] by Do-Ho Suh. Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA. (Photo by Sssorry)


[Karma] by Do-Ho Suh. Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA. (Photo by Sssorry)




[Karma] by Do-Ho Suh. Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA. (Photo by Alan Teo)


[Karma] by Do-Ho Suh. Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA. (Photo by Alan Teo)




[Karma] by Do-Ho Suh. Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA. (Photo by framboise)


[Karma] by Do-Ho Suh. Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA. (Photo by framboise)




[Karma] by Do-Ho Suh. Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA. (Photo by Alan Teo)


[Karma] by Do-Ho Suh. Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA. (Photo by Alan Teo)




[Karma] by Do-Ho Suh. Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA. (Photo by framboise)


[Karma] by Do-Ho Suh. Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA. (Photo by framboise)


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