About that bare-breasted Overland Park arboretum statue
The Kansas City Star
The artist, Yu Chang, says the piece is about the disturbing tendency of women to objectify themselves. It shows a headless figure with open blouse, holding a camera and snapping a picture of her exposed breasts. A section of her abdomen is missing and the figure is sliced and disjointed in several other places, as we see sometimes when parts of digital images fail to line up properly.
“This woman is choosing to take pictures of only part of herself, deleting her own identity,” Chang says.
If that was the artist’s intent, the idea wasn’t well-executed. To me, the piece seems some sort of statement about the superficiality of our digital toys and the vulgarity of sexting. But even if you buy the artist’s explanation, the work’s in-your-face character seems out of place in a suburban arboretum. It would be right at home, say, at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in midtown.
Also, it seems closely tied to a contemporary fad — sending sexual images of oneself over a cellphone. Which means that in a relatively short time, it might seem hopelessly dated.