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Charles Matton's "Enclosures" in London & Do Ho Suh's "Home Within Home" in New York

Posted in Curiosa & Forteana, Exhibitions / Openings / Signings, Sculpture by Suzanne on September 4th, 2011 | BBC Wikipedia


Studio of a Classical Sculptor IV - Saskia Expecting Titus III by Charles Matton - click to enlarge

Due to a beautiful curatorial coincidence, there are two miniature architecture exhibitions opening on the same day in the hearts of the Olde and New World - i.e. London and New York.

In London, the great Charles Matton will be remembered in a major posthumous retrospective featuring 38 newly discovered absolutely insanely detailed microcosmic interiors from his Enclosure series and in New York, Do Ho Suh will be showing his super fragile psychological dream houses in Home Within Home.


Studio of a Rhinoceros Sculptor by Charles Matton - click to enlarge

Charles Matton's intricate, meticulous and wildly poetic boîtes exist somewhere between Corinne May Botz's Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death and Lori Nix's derelict miniature households.

UPDATE SEP 11, 2011: Here are a few images of the Enclosures show taken from my Flickr:

Do Ho Suh's miniscule interiors, on the other hand, are much more traumatic and violent - or, when working in more translucent materials such as photo sensitive resin, emit a sterile sense of intense comatose horror vacui, very much like Chiharu Shiota's oeuvre.


Fallen Star 1/5 by Do Ho Suh, mixed media, 131 x 145 x 300 inches, 2008 - 2011 - click to enlarge

Both shows open this coming Thursday, September 8, 2011.

Charles Matton's Enclosures is showing at All Visual Arts at 2 Omega Place, Kings Cross in London (map) until October 8.

Do Ho Suh's Home Within Home will be on display at Lehmann Maupin, 540 West 26th Street in New York (map) until October 22.


Home Within Home - Prototype by Do Ho Suh, photo sensitive resin, 86 x 96 x 101 inches, 2009 - 2011

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4 comments to " Charles Matton's "Enclosures" in London & Do Ho Suh's "Home Within Home" in New York "

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    Suzanne Gerber – Giving Taste A Bad Name Since Kindergarten» Blog Archive » Impressions from Charles Matton’s “Enclosures” at AVA, London says:

    [...] After spending some time drooling over Edwardian and Victorian dollhouses at the VA Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green for the 4th time yesterday afternoon, I decided to go check out Charles Matton’s Enclosures miniature room installations and mirror mazes about which I reported earlier. [...]

    September 11th, 2011 at 7:03 pm

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    Suzanne Gerber – Giving Taste A Bad Name Since Kindergarten» Blog Archive » Impressions from “Essence of Edo-Tokyo” featuring Ryo Arai at ICN, London says:

    [...] made up for that slight flaw. So much so that this is hands down my favourite London show after Charles Matton’s Enclosures at All Visual Arts earlier this [...]

    November 17th, 2011 at 10:10 pm

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