Artist Explores Disillusionment With Chase Bank

November 24, 2014 2:53 PM

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There are narratives in conceptual art we just stop moving for. We find ourselves swiftly engaged. This is what I felt when I saw Sara Shaoul's "Chase Manhattan Plaza" installation which was her thesis project for Hunter's MFA program. I was fascinated by her ability to successfully tell her story in a clear and honest uncomplicated site-specific composition. She makes us think about family, immigration, the banking debacle, paradoxes and contradictions; all presented in a new voice, which we couldn't have imagined since we have no reference point to see it from a multi-dimensional perspective, like this anyway. Artist Sara Shaoul compels us to see where a bank, specifically Chase, was an influence for good at its zenith in her young life, later collapsing into the reality of public disgrace.

She shows the two sides of her story as a child born to immigrant parents who were able to achieve middle class comfort and prosperity; giving their children opportunities to not only thrive but be well taken care of via the Chase nuclear engine -- including all manner of health insurance and compan...

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