Johnny Tang "World of One"
Saturday, November 9 at 5:00pm
Gallery 5, 5th floor of the Administration Building 400 Fenway, Emmanuel College, Administration Building, Boston, MA 02115, USA
Join us for an opening and gallery talk with the artist Tuesday Oct 22nd, 2013 at 5pm.
Exhibit on view from Oct 22nd-Nov 9th
These pictures are my internal struggles and dialogues, projected onto my surroundings and made visual. By repeating my presence over and over, I create what I call “Imaginary Instillations” that document a dance and that, when combined in photographic form, reveal a larger design.
All the images in the World of One are shot with the aid of an assistant and with a single camera on a tripod. I set up all the shots, while someone else presses the button. After reviewing the images, I select a handful to be digitally cut and pasted, which I later place carefully into the final collage.
The latest images in this series have been shot on 35mm film, which I later scan for digital manipulation. I do this because, for me, film is the color of nostalgia. The colors that are present in film (and absent in digital photography) reminds me of pictures from my childhood, thus more effectively convincing me that the illusion is real.
I use these pictures as a visual aid to help me think about paradoxical relationships present in my everyday life. They help me see how some actions and/or emotions might initially seem to contradict each other, but are actually two sides to the same personality.
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