Do-Ho Suh's Some/One, Nerman Museum of Art, Overland Park
12345 College Boulevard, Overland Park, Kansas 66210 [map this location]
Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art at
Johnson County Community College, Overland Park
Some/One, 2004, by Do-Ho Suh is an 8 Wonders of Kansas Art finalist because his sculpture combines the individual with the international and represents the diverse collection at the Nerman Museum, the largest contemporary art museum in the region.
An imperial presence in the gallery, Some/One
by Do Ho Suh references hundreds of anonymous individuals united in
collective conformity. The military dog tags are not memorials to
individual soldiers, but rather faceless troops identified with random
letters and numbers imprinted in five lines of text. The hollow shell
of armor reveals a blood-red velvet interior, inviting the viewer to
visually step into the form and face mortality.
Suh's work combines repeated elements, alluding to South Korean norms of social order, with universal military themes into a new twist on traditional commemorative art. Like all other young men in South Korea, Suh served 2 years in the military, where he trained as a sharpshooter. This sculpture is an evolution of his Metal Jacket he created as a college student in Rhode Island; the earlier version was a U.S. military jacket liner covered with 3000 misprinted dog tags gathered from an army-navy surplus store.
Prior to moving
to the United States, Suh earned an MFA and BFA in Oriental (ink)
painting at Seoul National University in Korea. Suh continued his
studies at the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, earning a BFA
in painting, and in 1994, he graduated from Yale University with an MFA
in Sculpture. He currently lives and works in New York.
Suh was born in 1962. Some/One is made of stainless steel military dog tags, steel structure, fiberglass resin, and fabric. Collection Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Gift of Marti and
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