- Michael Joo, American, 1966-
- Born: Ithaca, NY
- Work Locations: New York, NY
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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
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
- "RADAR: Selections from the Collection of Vicki and Kent Logan"—Denver Art Museum, 10/07/2006 - 07/15/2007