What exactly does it mean when one discovers the severed head of a giant, garlanded Buddha resting on a sand patch in the middle of a Wynwood gallery? Is this some kind of ancient Far East spiritual riddle? Nope. Its just the centerpiece of 10 Years at Charest-Weinberg Gallery, the debut Miami exhibition by artist SunTek Chung.
Like all of Chungs work, the Buddha sculpture is a satirical art joke, riffing on cultural clichés, entrenched pop genres, and the ideological distance between East and West. Its an arty modus operandi most famously displayed in Chungs staged photo series starring himself. Here hes a ninja at rest, reading a romance novel. There hes a suburban lawn warrior attacking his rice paddies. Now hes a hog-riding redneck from South Korea. Go see 10 Years before it closes May 22.
Sat., May 15, 11 a.m., 2010