Do Ho Suh’s Almost Home at the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Do Ho Suh

Yesterday I stopped by the Smithsonian American Art Museum to see Do Ho Suh’s Almost Home exhibit. The immersive installation features hand-sewn recreations of homes where Suh has lived around the world.

Do Ho Suh

It was amazing getting to see his attention to detail up-close and in-person. I was especially impressed with the doorknobs and piping that ran throughout the installation.

Do Ho Suh

We waited in line briefly before we could walk through the installation of bright colors. The transparent fabric made the whole art piece have a dreamlike, hazy quality.

Do Ho Suh

Around the installation were several smaller pieces and studies by Suh. I was fascinated by the colors he used, and again, those details! One of my favorites was the fire extinguisher that he recreated with fabric.

Do Ho Suh

Above you can see his fabric microwave creation.

Do Ho Suh

A couple of these radiators were also inside the installation.

Do Ho Suh

And one of the more unusual pieces was a recreation of a circuit breaker. I suppose it just seemed unusual since even though it is a detail that every home has, it’s something you don’t really expect to see represented in art.

It was definitely a fun visit taking a look at Do Ho Suh’s work. As an artist, it’s important to see what others are creating out there. That way you can get a new perspective on other artwork that’s being made, and get your own inspiration for new work.

Bosty goes to the Hirshhorn

Bosty goes to the Hirsshorn

Since Bosty lives in the Washington, DC area, he decided to stop by the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden to check out the latest art exhibit. On his way over to the building, he stopped by the sculpture garden and decided to add a wish to Yoko Ono’s “Wish Tree for Washington, DC.” Visitors can write wishes on tags and tie them to the tree – how fun!

 

Bosty goes to the Hirsshorn

He really liked Yayoi Kusama’s pumpkin sculpture, just look at those colors and dots!

Bosty goes to the Hirsshorn

Some of the sculptures were very visually impressive – like this “Needle Tower” by Kenneth Snelson, that seems to repeat itself infinitely.

Bosty goes to the Hirsshorn

Bosty was excited to see that the new exhibit was the work of the contemporary artist, Ai Weiwei.

Bosty goes to the Hirsshorn

He was also pretty amused by the sign with Ron Mueck’s sculpture of a man.

Bosty goes to the Hirsshorn

Bosty was mesmerized by Barbara Kruger’s “Belief+Doubt” piece. He liked her bold use of typography.

Bosty goes to the Hirsshorn

And Linn Meyer’s intricate “Our View From Here” wall drawing was incredible in-person. Bosty was definitely feeling inspired!

Bosty goes to the Hirsshorn

Finally Bosty made his way to Ai Weiwei’s exhibit. He thought Weiwei’s complex designs were intriguing.

Bosty goes to the Hirsshorn

And his favorite part were the lego portraits on the ground. He could only imagine how long they took to piece them together!

Bosty goes to the Hirsshorn

After seeing the special exhibit, Bosty wanted to admire some of the contemporary paintings, like Willem de Kooning’s work.

Bosty goes to the Hirsshorn

Jean-Paul Riopelle’s use of texture was incredible. And after a day of admiring beautiful works of art at the modern art museum, Bosty was practically ready to start making his own masterpiece. There’s nothing better than getting to see the work of great artists!

Bosty goes to the National Gallery

Megan Coyle's Bosty goes to the National Gallery

Bosty wanted to explore one of the museums in the Washington, DC area, so he decided to stop by the National Gallery’s East Wing. He was excited to see artwork by famous artists like Pablo Picasso.

Megan Coyle's Bosty goes to the National Gallery

As he wandering around the museum, he was drawn to Piet Mondrian’s simple geometric shapes and bold colors.

Megan Coyle's Bosty goes to the National Gallery

Wassily Kandinsky’s colorful abstract work also caught his eye, and he enjoyed seeing one of Gustav Klimt’s figurative and patterned paintings.

Megan Coyle's Bosty goes to the National Gallery

Wayne Thiebaud’s cake painting made Bosty feel a little hungry. Cake, anyone?

Megan Coyle's Bosty goes to the National Gallery

He spent a little time staring in awe at one of Jackson Pollock’s large paintings that was part of the Abstract Expressionist movement.

Megan Coyle's Bosty goes to the National Gallery

Wow, is that an Andy Warhol? Bosty is a big fan of pop art.

Megan Coyle's Bosty goes to the National Gallery

He also enjoys Impressionist paintings, and was excited to see some work by Claude Monet.

Megan Coyle's Bosty goes to the National Gallery

Bosty took a final look around and enjoyed seeing Alexander Calder’s large mobile pieces. He was a little worn out from wandering around every floor of the museum, so he went outside to enjoy the sunny spring weather.

Megan Coyle's Bosty goes to the National Gallery

Before leaving the National Mall, he strolled around the National Gallery’s Sculpture Garden. It was a beautiful day outside, and it was a wonderful day to see some colorful works of art.

National Gallery

National Gallery by collage artist Megan Coyle
“National Gallery.” Collage on paper. 12″x16″
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My new landscape/cityscape series has given me an opportunity to intensely study my gray color palette surroundings in DC. When I decided to collage the National Gallery, I realized I needed to change things up a bit. Thus I created a composition where you can see bits of the building behind several trees. This added a little more color, and made the layout more interesting to tackle.