LEE YANG YANG

lee yang yang

an architect
CASUAL

WHEN ARE YOU

ephemeral mixed-media installation 

in association with Joy Artists Collective
2019, PAPER MOUNTAIN GALLERY

also presented at PECHA KUCHA PERTH VOL 24

The installation, a fusion of the concrete and the ephemeral, particularly tries to question the metaphysical idea of the present and being. Are our thoughts and actions conscious of themselves or our consciousness a by process of our unconscious actions. The installation consists of two elements; the first;  spatial objects as the journey and the second,; a wall projection as the piece de resistance. The journey is orchestrated to orientate the observers, an exposition to build up towards the final act.

Spatial elements consisting of opaque and mirrored panels suspended in serial progression. This arrangement affords fleeting glimpses of the destination, drawing the participant through the work.  As the final destination is approached it becomes clear that the flat image glimpsed at the outset is actually a parallax-distorted digital mirror. Projected on two angled screens, the image becomes warped and stretched as the viewer advances. Constantly dislocating from the regular passage of time, this fluctuating mirror asks the participant to reflect on their experience as the distorted reflection stares back at them.

A break from the routine, When Are You? is a liminal space, an experience bracketed by time. Generating a reflective state, the work encourages viewers to interrogate the mechanisms that propel us, both figuratively and literally, on our routine passage through the built environment.  Every day is a chain of decisions and actions, these unexamined decisions and pathfinding habits we follow are directed by our environment.

As we navigate our path, the spaces we design influence us in return. As much as humans affect their habitat,  When Are You? seeks to instill the  awareness that our habitat also builds us.

just past

immediate past

recent past

Time dilation, surveillance and spatial orchestration are amongst the tools we use to transform the banal into the unknown and unexpected. It explores the concept of time;  the just past, the immediate past, the recent past, – and questions where is the present. When Are You?

POLES IN THE LANDSCAPE

POLES IN THE LANDSCAPE

scale model 1 : 200

2014, SUBMISSION FOR SCALE EXHIBITION,
AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL ARCHITECTURE CONFERENCE

Vertical elements of our landscape, as ordinary as utility poles, tree trunks or crop plants are abstracted as black pins. Looking from above it looks like a galaxy of stars in the night sky. And like the countless tree trunks in the forest, the space is dotted by clusters of hundreds of black pins. The placement of the vertical elements defines the space between. Here, depending on the distance of the poles; they evoke denseness or sparseness when read against each other. The absence in the center, the void, a carved out space – like a crop-circle becomes a charged and emergent centric space. This space is ironically a positive aesthetic condition – seemingly pulling the poles together like invisible forces of gravity. From afar, a path leading to the center emerges, a linear spatial condition formed not by literal lines on the landscape, but by imaginary lines joined by the connecting dots in the landscape.