drawing and subversive intervention / 2005
Replicated in both standard tabloid size wall-poster and smaller sized book sticker, spacemen was a small 'PSA' campaign targeted at the u.b.c. student body that I duplicated and pasted around UBC. It was aimed at creating a brief, subconscious moment of self-reflection amongst the endless flurry of dizzying, distracting stimuli otherwise firmly entrenched on the battle-field of the student's growing mind. Students are told to think, study, and drink coffee until the sun comes up, but for many of them, a true journey of self discovery is never actually achieved. Perhaps the answer that can't be found in a book, file, or substance must instead be looked for within?
Background: At UBC I had the further blessing of being taught Studio Theory by local famous artist and painting professor, Gu Xiong. Gu gave us a unique look at the struggles of the entire Chinese artist landscape, having faced this struggle himself. This in-depth look taught me much about what it takes to be an artist, and just how important it is to justify your conceptual ideas to the common art critic. It was a very enlighteningly pragmatic and business-savvy approach to art that stressed the importance of the pitching and communicating in the arts and applied arts fields.
Meanwhile in sculpture class, well-know local artist Richard E. Prince taught me the importance of focus in my artwork. "Sometimes it's not good to have an 'idea'" he told me one day when I fell short of ultimate execution on my sculpture because I wanted to add a conceptual twist. However the piece was extremely more successful when I went back and, following his advice, completed the entire sculpture with a cohesive design.