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Displacement

Light sculpture

LEGO building blocks, ultra-black pigment, Lightform projector

2019

Displacement is a light sculpture that challenges human perceptions of shadow and value, time and space, the material and immaterial, as well as childhood and adulthood. Constructed out of approximately 10,000 LEGO bricks painted in ultra-black pigment and with a Ganzfeld color sequence projection mapped upon its façade, Displacement seeks to embody forms witnessed in the vastness of deep space. Here the sculpture manifests itself through a multiplicity of paradoxes. An animated field of color becomes the shadow of the object while shadows embody the sculptural form. Through its continual cycles, a shadow of color is simultaneously cast behind and on the surface of the LEGOs, producing something that is tangible and material, yet at once dissipating and ungraspable. More so, the LEGOs project the innocence and nostalgia of childhood as their textures are briefly illuminated and the stark realities of adulthood and the struggles of anxiety and depression as they are once more eclipsed in darkness.

Exhibited at Ground Level Platform, Strange Media, Chicago, IL, November-December 2019.