Joel Kahn - USA

I downloaded some Chinese characters from a web site, then rearranged and abstracted them to emphasize the "text" as very non-representational visual components. I used Microsoft Paint for the final assembly process because it lends itself to a combination of crudeness and pseudo-sophistication.

I wanted a lot of contradictory elements in the work: clarity and ambiguity, familiarity and obscurity, organization and randomness, direction and chaos, purpose and uncertainty. The patterns of red might evoke bloodstains, but there are many other possibilities as well.

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               last changed: 06. 12. 2008