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.
Self Portrait as the Barefoot Mailman, 2013
Fiberglas, foam and steel
Courtesy of Gallery Diet
An Unscripted, Bal Harbour commission