Susan Lee-Chun Puts Her Head in the Clouds Above Grand Central
What artists' new favorite canvas? Miami's bright blue sky. Street artist Above recently hung a banker dummy from wires above his Occupy Wall Street mural in Wynwood. Several blocks away there is another figure in the sky, this time courtesy of Miami artist Susan Lee-Chun.
Perched high above the rooftop of Grand Central, a person in a hoodie has his or her head stuck in a fluffy cloud. The piece was created for the Groslch-sponsered Get the Green Light series. Head in the Clouds is one of 10 public art works commissioned by the green beer in the hopes of highlighting Miami artists during a week when local talent is too often ignored.
Lee-Chun says "the concept for the sculpture Head in the Clouds is something I have been thinking a lot about -- this escapist notion or state of mind."
The G-Spot project's curator Claire Breukel gave each of the artists a
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list of locations. Lee-Chun says "After considering a few options, Grand
Central's rooftop was an obvious choice. The building is perfectly
situated with blue skies (weather permitting) behind it."
Lee-Chun, who has won a New Times Mastermind award and is one our 100 Creatives, is well-known for her performance-based works. The artist
recently inspired 18 Baltimore residents to don gold workouts suits and march
down a Maryland street as "Suz-ercisers."
The idea of rituals is central
to Korea-born, Chicago-raised Lee-Chun, whose art examines the murky
waters of identity politics. She has performed and constructed the clothing
and environments of a trio of alter egos, collectively referred to as
The Suz: It's Faux Real!. But Lee-Chun is moving away from performance
pieces to sculpture.
"Aside from this project, I had been working on a series of sculptures
for the current exhibition at David Castillo's, only on a different
scale and level -- with kitschy collectible figurines. This G-Spot project
gave me an opportunity to create a sculpture that not only was humorous
and appropriate for the site, but life-size and available for all to
see." Look for the gold figure during your Basel wanderings or as you zoom by
on I-95. It will be up until December 5.
Courtesy David Castillo Gallery
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