“Our confutation derails.” (2011-12)

“Our confutation derails.” (2011-12)

“ALMOST” at O.WW Gallery, Shanghai (till 12/12/12)


5.5” x 11” x 14” (13.97 cm x 27.94 cm x 35.56 cm)
5” x 6” x 11” (12.7 cm x 15.24 cm x 27.94 cm)
“You, and Me”
7” x 11” x 11” (17.78 cm x 27.94 cm x 27.94 cm)
6” x 13” x 14” (15.24 cm x 33.02 cm x 35.56 cm)

“ALMOST” is the second of the Threaded Vision (2011-12) series. It is a four-part kinetic light sculpture. Made with stainless steel with mirror polish, each polyhedron sculpture consists of written words in stencil forms. Light flashes behind the stencils to engage conflicting viewing experience. As viewers attempt to read the written words on the sculpture, the flash makes it hard to read. It involuntarily imprints an afterimage. The longer the viewers close their eyes, the better the afterimage sets in their “vision”.

Threaded Vision examines the perception of seeing and the conception of knowledge. Each part of the sculpture plays with the relationship between vision and thought: where seeing may not be the only way to conceive an idea and perceiving may take place in one’s mind. Assembled four polyhedrons resemble the iconic architectural form of the CCTV (China Central Television) Headquarters in Beijing designed by Rem Koolhaas. One of the most progressive landmarks in the world, the architecture communicates “openness”, “cutting edge”, and “inclusivity”. Instead of competing for height as an identity of the building, CCTV facilitates a public square for the people. Triumphant with a groundbreaking image, CCTV still remains the sole official media production and distribution channel governed by the People’s Republic of China. The cultural icon is transformed into four distinctive parts to situate an intimate viewing experience that only gets completed with the viewers’ eyes closed. Together they read in Chinese, “THE CONFUTATION BETWEEN YOU AND ME DERAILS” (“你和我之間的矛盾脫離軌道”).