Do-Ho Suh - Bridging Home (2010)
“The artist literally transported a piece of Korea into a Northern English City. The Korean-style house is a replica of a home from a past era, a distant memory. It’s an alien structure which brings its own weight of history and cultural development into a collision course with another culture.
The obvious distinction of this little foreign invader from the neighbouring buildings plays hide and seek with the viewer since, once we notice it, we wonder how we could ever have been blind to its presence. How it contrasts with its surrounding environment, its size and style juxtaposed against ‘our’ industrial past, warehouses from the golden age of Liverpool port history.
The small Korean dwelling is, all at once, out of place, out of time and, even more noticeably, out of kilter! Reminiscent of a game of Tetris it is animated purely in your imagination. As a viewer you want the artwork to right itself and drop into an accurate tight fit alongside its neighbouring buildings and so you visually correct its faulty placement. But the tilt of the house is locked in to this static position; it will never fit in.”