Homeless Lamp, the Juice Sucker

Title of ArtworkHomeless Lamp, the Juice Sucker
Year of Origin2004 - 2005
    sculpture: 46 x 68 x 28 1/2 inches (116.8 x 172.7 x 72.4 cm)
    Fluorescent lamps, wheels, and color video, with sound, 4 min., 31 sec.
Collaboration/Shared Production/Research
    Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York Guggenheim UBS MAP Purchase Fund and partial gift of the artist, 2014
    Guggenheim Museum
Medium/Type of Artwork
Light Source
Light-Optical Factors
History of a work
2005YoutubeNew YorkLink
2004 - 2005DocumentationNew YorkHomeless Lamp, the Juice SuckerLink

For Homeless Lamp, the Juice Sucker, Iván Navarro built a grocery cart out of fluorescent tubes and with it wandered the gallery-lined streets of Manhattan’s Chelsea district. The luminous sculpture evokes the work of Dan Flavin while also referencing an object commonly repurposed by homeless people for storage and transportation. Scored to the Mexican revolutionary song “Juan Sin Tierra” (John the Landless), the documentary video follows Navarro and a friend as they search for public electricity with which to illuminate the sculpture. Presenting the artist as a transient figure, Navarro offers a critique of the inequity of the art world and the difficulties faced by migrants in establishing connections with the place to which they have relocated.


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