10. Susan Lee-Chun

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10. Susan Lee-Chun

At a 2007 performance of inter-disciplinary artist Susan Lee-Chun, 600 people swarmed the space. And last year, the artist 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 performs and constructs the clothing and environments of a trio of alter egos, collectively referred to as The Suz: It's Faux Real!.


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Façade-The Figurative Kind: Installation & Performance
Her thoughtful textile-based installations, where issues of assimilation take a tangible form, inspired us to give Lee-Chun one of our first ever MasterMind genius grants.  As she explains, "The art is about deception. About us being able to integrate ourselves into a space but (how we) can't conceal all our characteristics."

She has exhibited in international shows such as the 2008 Vienna Biennale and in galleries from El Salvador to Colorado and Los Angeles. Locally, her work is part of the public collections of the Miami Art Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art, and is represented by the David Castillo Gallery in Wynwood.

In addition to her installation and performance-based work, Lee-Chun keeps busy baking sweet pastries for her side project ,Yummy ChunBuns!. But considering the artist created a faux, live cooking show (The Suz in da' House) in 2008, perhaps her tasty ChunBuns are one more experiment in her examination of how we live.

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Courtesy of David Castillo Gallery
Kitchen stage from The Suz in da' House


1. List five things that inspire you.

-My Mr. Chun
-Comedians (to name a few: Dave Chapelle, Margaret Cho, Andy Kaufman)
-Artist Do Ho Suh
-Successes and failures (mine and others')
-TED

2. What was your last big project?

"C'mon Baltimore, Let's Suz-ercise!" happened over the summer in Baltimore, MD in collaboration with Maryland Art Place. Eighteen amazing people from the Baltimore-area were recruited and learned a routine influenced by military and marching band routines. The routine was all choreographed by Miami's dancing extraordinaire Gio Profera. A part of this project was to have the recruits learn how to "Suz-ercise" via online exercise videos that I created. In June, they all donned custom made black and gold futuristic workout gear and performed the faux workout routine in Baltimore's Downtown harbor area.

This specific performance was produced and filmed so it could be used as a part of a larger multimedia project titled "Everybody Suz-ercise!," which is work in progress. Last year's Miami New Times Mastermind Award was applied to help produce this project! Thanks Miami New Times!

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Courtesy of David Castillo Gallery
C'mon Baltimore, Let's Suz-ercise!
3. What's your next big project?

Not sure what the next "big" project will be, but I am currently working on a few new sculptures in the studio, and filming a series of short videos based on cooking shows for a performance-based exhibition in Berlin. Other projects include producing limited edition art objects for the Bass Museum and Girl's Club Collection in Fort Lauderdale.

4. Why do you do what you do?

I love turning what's in my mind into something real.

5. What's something you want Miami to know about you?

I've always loved cooking and baking. So, I started an online specialty pastry company called Yummy ChunBuns!. The sweet pastries are inspired by the famous cream-filled yellow sponge cake and the whoopie pie. And, since it shouldn't be all about sweets, we've got savory flavors, too. Oh, and I love, love hula hooping.

What's something you don't want Miami to know about you?

I love watching soap operas (for some reason I find this to be an embarrassing habit of mine, ha ha!). Same goes for Korean dramas found on the internet. So good!

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12. Beatriz Monteavaro
13. Timothy Buwalda
14. Edwidge Danticat
15. Juraj Kojs
16. Cat Dove
17. Campbell McGrath
18. Frances Trombly
19. Jose Mertz
20. Emma Trelles
21. Pablo Cano
22. Natasha Tsakos
23. Freegums

24. Aurora Natrix
25. Gean Moreno
26. Yaddyra Peralta
27. Barron Sherer

28. Brigid Baker
29. Daniel Fila
30. McLaine Oberhellmann
31. Fro Rojas
32. Annie Hollingsworth
33. Preston Allen
34. Cristina Molina
35. David Josef Tamargo
36. Jillian Mayer

37. Alfonso Vega
38. Natasha Lopez de Victoria
39. Aholsniffsglue

40. Heather Maloney
41. Jorge Rubiera
42. Elaine Lancaster
43. Nick Duckart
44. Danielle Estefan
45. John Dufresne
46. Monica Lopez de Victoria
47. Bill Bilowit
48. Alette Simmons-Jimenez
49. Tawnie Silva
50. Ginger Bardot
51. Jonathan David Kane
52. Naomi Fisher
53. Rocky Grimes
54. Teresa Barcelo
55. Paul Tei
56. Lee Materazzi
57. Karla Garcia
58. Anna Mixon
59. Octavio Campos
60. P. Scott Cunningham
61. Elena Garcia
62. Summer Hill
63. Autumn Casey
64. Juan Navarro
65. Serge Toussaint
66. David Rohn
67. Diane Brache
68. Spencer Morin
69. James Anthony
70. Jim Drain
71. Claudia Calle
72. Kevin Arrow

73. Andrew Hevia
74. Ana Mendez
75. Michael McKeever
76. Diana Lozano
77. Ricardo Pau-Llosa
78. Agustina Woodgate
79. Tarell Alvin McCraney
80. Jennifer Kronenberg
81. Farley Aguilar
82. Colin Foord
83. Karelle Levy
84. Matt Gajewski
85. Antonia Wright
86. Allen Charles Klein
87. Christy Gast
88. Gustavo Matamoros
89. Shareen Rubiera-Sarwar

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92. Jessica Gross
93. Danny Brito
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96. Vanessa Garcia
97. Justin Long
98. Rosie Herrera
99. Rick Falcon

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