Dressing Shadows: In Other Words
Frames are arbitrary boundaries we use to hold our consciousness together. Dressing Shadows is a layered exploratory project that tours the relationship between words, form and color while sketching a silhouette of the human condition and its relation to time. Filled with engaging diagrams, artwork and prose, it asks the user to manipulate borders and build bridges to study and facilitate change and creativity.
While today's social climate is often dominated by polarity, the interactive devices studied in Dressing Shadows strive to lift us out of our own myopic world views to give us a better angle from which to sculpt them. It builds a multidimensional outlook by playfully flowing through various disciplines including art, architecture, science, fiction, philosophy and myth.
The work invites the reader to exercise abilities to change perspectives and find patterns to make abstract connections. The word "translate" not only expresses the sense of words moving between languages, it also expresses a moving from one place or condition to another. The content tries to dynamically connect and then play with linguistic, spatial and chromatic transformations.
The Prologue sets the stage for the Logue's exploratory art to perform. The Plato's Bridge narrative loosely continues throughout the work and can be followed like a mantra observing the surrounding thoughts. The production is meant to be interactive with the audience participating alongside the work, questioning and engaging the devices as they see fit.
The ways that we explain the world help shape it. We continually use mental and physical models to understand who we are. We can also use these models to explore where we are, and by reorienting them, point us towards other possible directions on our adventure of being in time.
Albert Vass is an artist, architect and author living in Los Angeles. Interested in the synergy among various disciplines, fields of study and experience he uses colors, forms and words to bend borders and build bridges to facilitate creative change.