Thursday, November 24, 2016
Recently I created an installation Wilting Flowers and fully documented the creation and installation processes.
This new effort was spurred on by my continued fascination with paper material - delicate, malleable, and transitory, characteristics well suited for hinting at, versus representing, a world full of fragility and vulnerability, constantly under the threat of total destruction.
My local newspaper dailies, “San Francisco Chronicle” of all sections - news, finance, sports, arts, and classified, served as the building foundation. A segment of our time distilled and encapsulated. Inky strokes and splashes were added to the newspaper, then were folded and tied up to form large flowers, with aluminum wires wrapped with dyed twine as stems.
For the background, I chose five sheets of plain white paper, streaked with similar black strokes of ink diluted with various amount of water.
To install, I attached these background paper to a wall in an uneven row, then affixed those flowers, 13 total, to those sheets. There were no strict rules as how to layout the background sheets and flowers, as long as the finished installation looked balanced, and the flowers largely faced outwards.
I have installed these sheets and flowers on different walls - colorful graffitied concrete wall, or somber looking wooden fences, at different time of the day. The differences of the walls, the different light cast on the wall or fence, background sheets and paper flowers, all contributed to generate a murmuring polyphony.
Ink on paper and newspaper, aluminum wire, cotton string
40" x 140" x 5"
Completed in 2016
Originally posted on matthewfelixsun.com
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