Synthetic tiger-patterned fabric / fired clay / acrylic paint / found rubber animals / metallic thread / 139.7 x 110.5 x 3.8 cm.
Stretching a sheet of manmade animal fur fabric onto a wooden frame, Music Forbidden
highlights 'artificial manipulation’ in both material and discursive production as a general direction
society has taken through the past century. As the viewer’s eye moves across the work’s surface,
a juxtaposition emerges between the seemingly soft, natural animal fur and the machine's wavy
weaving pattern exposed by the blue paint patches. Most eye-catching are the two pieces of ‘paper'
at the center. Same as the small fired-clay fragments tied with delicate golden strings that scatter
around the composition, the true nature of the ‘paper’ here is actually also fired clay, surprising
the wandering eye as the viewer observes closer. The artist borrowed a text that was written on
July 18th, 1989. It would have been the U.S. president’s condolence speech to the potential widows
of Apollo Project’s three astronauts if they didn’t return from the moon. For the artist, the sincere,
touching and poetic tone of the speech exemplifies discursive manipulation, whereas the content—passionately
advocating for technological advances as the future path of civilization—can be read as a kind of
genesis to the our current world, which may well have been the result of an endeavor led merely
by seductive discursive persuasion.
2018 Isolated Above, Connected Down, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery. New York, USA.
installation view at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery ↓
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