Wei Lin

Photo of scaled model with shadow
Photo of scaled model with shadow

People tend to make assumptions based upon mere appearances. Often those assumptions are incorrect and yet they go unchallenged.  While stereotypes are quick and easy, the problem is that they avoid more complex readings and interactions. What if art could challenge people’s perceptions?  Then we might reconsider many of our assumptions about life, methodology, and philosophy. One of the ways to convey that idea would be to combine one ordinary object with one extraordinary experience, causing the viewer to question their previous preconceptions and stereotypes.

In this installation, methods of materiality, texture, geometry and weight are critical to effectively challenge perceptions. For example, balloons are quotidian objects. Nonetheless, people can be easily tricked by their expectations of balloons. This installation proposes a space that would contain two rows of balloons.  Each balloon is divided into two facing sides. All sides that face the entrance resemble a sphere, which confirms the viewers’ expectations. However, when the viewer turns around and walks in the opposite direction, their perception is suddenly confounded.  The opposite side is an unexpected semi-sphere comprised of new textures and forms – a different face that challenges their original expectations. This side reveals an authentic core with different geometries, textures, feeling of weights and energy.

Photo of scaled model from the front
Photo of scaled model from the solid facing side

As a perceptual experience, “Balloons of Iconoclast” encourages people to reconsider their initial impressions and to be more circumspect in their judgements. People might begin to understand that each entity, whether human or non-human, has its own independent and unique features.

As to the construction, plastic would be the primary material to build the lightweight spheres and some transformations of geometry. Wood, metal and woolen could be used for other typical balloons.

Photo of scaled model from the opposite side
Photo of scaled model from the opposite side.

In conclusion, the artistic intention is to present an unconventional spatial experiment in order to inspire people to think about the existence of stereotypes. Once experienced, the viewer may reflect on the operations of misperception in their own lives, and reconsider existing situations that are due to stereotypes.

 

final board
Final presentation board of art installation
Photo of scaled model from the opposite side.
Photo of scaled model from the opposite side.
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