Headless (mfg portrait)

2000

Object

Artist

Michael Joo, American, 1966-
Born: Ithaca, NY
Work Locations: New York, NY

Country

Object Info

Object: sculpture; installation
Not currently on view
Object ID: 2001.758.1-64

Medium/Technique

Urethane foam, vinyl plastic, styrene plastic, stainless steel wire, and neodium magnets

Credit

Gift from Vicki and Kent Logan to the Collection of the Denver Art Museum
See more objects from the Logan Collection.

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Dimensions

height: 28 1/2 in, 72.3900 cm; width: 34 1/2 in, 87.6300 cm; depth: 24 1/2 in, 62.2300 cm

Department

Modern and Contemporary Art

Caption

Michael Joo (American, born 1966 in Ithaca, NY. Lives and works in New York City)
Headless (mfg portrait), 2000
Urethane foam, vinyl plastic, styrene plastic, stainless steel wire, and neodium magnets
Gift from Vicki and Kent Logan to the Collection of the Denver Art Museum, 2001.7581-64. © Michael Joo

 

Extended Info

In the ambitious installation Headless (mfg portrait), assorted doll heads--familiar figures from Western popular culture--are suspended over 75 carefully modeled bodies of the seated Buddha. All are made of molded plastic, a material associated with both Western and Eastern cultures, but the identical shape of the Buddha bodies directly contrasts the doll heads, meant to be Western symbols of individuality and self-expression. Though the unexpected juxtaposition is humorous, it also suggests that the union of the two modes of belief can be disjointed at best.

 

© Michael Joo 

Exhibition History

  • "RADAR: Selections from the Collection of Vicki and Kent Logan"—Denver Art Museum, 10/07/2006 - 07/15/2007