Friday, September 3, 2010

Spotlight on Art Artist Ujin Lee - Tompkins Square Park, September 11th

Artist Ujin Lee at a past "wrapped boxes" event
Artist  Ujin Lee will arrive in Tompkins Square Park on Saturday, September 11, 2010, at 11AM, with a truckload of beautifully wrapped boxes, 733 in total, which she will have spent over a month preparing.  All of the 7x7x7 inch boxes will be individually gift-wrapped in a double-sided gray and plum colored soft woven cloth called tongee.  Each box will be identical, with the exception of the bows.  All 733 bows will be slightly different.

The number 733 represents good luck and fortune.  “7 is a lucky number all over the world, and 3 is very lucky in Asia,” Lee, a native of Korea, explains.  Lee will silently place each box on the ground in the center of Tompkins Square Park, a performance piece which will take three and a half hours to complete.  Once all of the boxes have been strategically placed and the “performance” has ended, members of the public will be welcome to select a box and take one home.

Ujin Lee will also be placing 7 large sculptures around the park.  Each 10- foot tall and 6 ½ foot-wide piece will be a “pouch” created with the natural fiber ramie.  Each pouch will be filled with approximately 20-30 balloon-shaped balls, created in white paper and visible through the fabric.

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