Assuming a monumental pose and an anachronistic costume of the Barefoot Mailman, Christy Gast had a prototype on herself made using 3-D scanning and printing technology. In so doing, she presents a re-creation of the Barefoot Mailman that is in fact a subterfuge—not the real character, but an impersonation of the character that is infused with her own likeness. In a further humorously subversive gesture, Gast designed the sculpture to be installed upside-down and partially buried, as if it was blown over by a high velocity storm and landing headfirst in the sand. Drawing on the history of South Florida as well as the history of public sculpture, Gast’s romantic anti-monument creates an alternative to the traditionally aggrandized and masculinized civic monument.
About Christy Gast
Sculptor and video artist Christy Gast is known for conflating the landscape and the body (often her own) through folk performance conventions. For past projects, Gast has tap danced around Lake Okeechobee, performed as a mermaid on trapeze and a cowgirl with an inflatable desert, and written and recorded a cappella folk ballads about women in the military. Deeply engaged in the role of landscape in both art history and politics, most of the artist’s large-scale projects start with the notion of “public land,” in both practical and romantic senses. Her work has been exhibited at museums and galleries internationally, including MoMA/P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Artist’s Space and Harris Lieberman Gallery in New York; Miami Art Museum, the de la Cruz Collection, Gallery Diet, and the Bass Museum of Art in Miami; Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions and High Desert Test Sites in California, Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich and Centro Cultural Matucana 100 in Santiago, Chile
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