Dark and Light

Dark and Light is a sculpture that consists of two booths. Each booth has a door with a black curtain. The booth whose door is facing the entrance of the building has three buttons, which are colored red, green and blue, on the upper part of the wall and a speaker on the lower part of the wall and it also has a circular opening on top, which is lit by strong spotlight. The other booth, whose door is facing the wall, the opposite direction as the one mentioned earlier, has a LED on the upper part of the wall and it does not have an opening so as to be dark.

The viewers can truly interact with the sculpture by entering the booths. When a button is pressed, a short piece of music is played and the color of the led changes to the corresponding color.

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On Serra’s Verb List

The three verbs that I choose are to roll, to stretch and to cut.

The object I picked for rolling is toilet paper. One of the most common objects that roll might be a wheel, but interestingly, the first thing that comes to my mind is toilet paper. Probably, everybody has a story about toilet paper, and my story is that I dropped a roll of toilet paper and it keeps rolling and rolling until it reaches the wall, but it never stops rolling in my mind. Toilet paper is such a beautiful design that it makes life easier, and it always relates to rolling because it is rolling either when you are using it or when you drop it. The action of rolling is baked into its gene. Continue reading “On Serra’s Verb List”

On The White Figure


The White Figure is by James Lee Byars. The sculptor obviously put a lot of efforts on the material, which is a white marble he discovered on the island of Thassos, Greece when he traveled to Egypt and Greece in search of flawless stones (175). The material is flawless, the color is white, and the surface looks smooth. All these elements together shows the sculptor’s pursuit of the perfect and simplicity. Sitting in a big room with no furniture and white walls as clean as the marble, it leads to a moment of silence. The work is 170 centimeter long, not giant but the viewers can definitely feel the mass. It is located in the center of the room, drawing all attention to its center of gravity. Both the environment and the work is so symmetric, which creates a very even and balanced atmosphere. It is visually pleasing and invites the viewers to think. Outside the window, there are buildings. It is a chaotic city and a chaotic world, this work, in this room, brings to the viewers the peace.

At the same time, the marble looks cold, the place looks cold, the color looks cold. The coldness and the setting reminds the viewers of death. The shape of the work is almost like a coffin, as if there is a funeral, a ceremony. This one single piece of work can also be loneliness, sadness. It is probably Byars’s loneliness for his pursuit of perfection.