- Sculptural Installation
- Originally exhibited: Angell Gallery, 2013
- Role: Artist (Mitchell F Chan)
Studies in Movement, Absence is a series of wall-mounted pieces that invert traditional relationships between space and representation. Historically, representational art has aimed to create the illusion of three-dimensional space within a two-dimensional plane, and the sensation of motion within a still object. The history of art is also the history of technological and scientific advances to these ends. This body of work reverses these narratives. The pieces in this exhibition employ motion that reads as total stillness, and use that motion to flatten three-dimensional volumes into the illusion of a two-dimensional plane.
In the series Studies In Movement, Absence, coloured elastic strings spin rapidly until they appear as transparent helixes–volumetric yet intangible. Belying their actual kinetic status by moving faster than the human eye can perceive, the spinning strings exists in a quantum state: a hyperkinetic one-dimensional line in no fixed location, producing an apparently static three-dimensional space.