Head in the Clouds (Grand Central), 2011
Head in the Clouds (Grand Central), 2011
Courtesy David Castillo Gallery

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

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.

All the G-Spot artworks are competiting in an online poll. Click here to see a list of artists and their work and to vote for your favorite. Voting ends December 5.

Susan Lee-Chun Puts Her Head in the Clouds Above Grand Central
Courtesy David Castillo Gallery

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