Chris Kay Designs & Fabrications
Routine can afford us mental and emotional bandwidth. Driving to the store or getting lunch for example becomes so second nature we can generally multitask during the activity as we go on “auto-pilot” . However, after having done something a number of times, and once we have lost that sense of newness, our minds tend to demand further stimulation.
Entertainment in the form of music, art, movies, or books can be simple distractions to keep the droll façade of boredom and regularity at bay. Unfortunately, these distractions are just distractions and this façade of boredom is only assumed familiarity that has been left to fester on the metaphorical shelf-of-life. Beneath this veneer of the “familiar” are uncountable unknowns. These unknowns are unknown unknowns that can be both beautiful and tragic.
We plaster this idea of being familiar on top of something we feel we should know in order to make ourselves comfortable, and yet it leaves us blind to the potential that is beneath.
This piece that I have dubbed “Urchin” is not beautiful on it’s own. It requires components that most of us use every day. These components are then displayed in such a way that it creates an uncommon light projection for the viewer to observe. This light projection touches on beauty and the general idea of aesthetics but beneath that there is more.
My desire with this piece was to compel the viewer such that they are inspired to see that the ordinary can still be exciting and that the things we see every day can still leave us breathless only by changing our perspective a bit.
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I like the concept of a Universe or God as an experimenter. Less fully in control of things, more adding bits and watching how things play out.
I’m not one to push a concept of god (or gods) on anyone but I did enjoy toying with this concept.
If a person were to create a lesser being that had independent thought I imagine this being would think of its creator as a God (or gods). It may believe us to be infallible, all knowing, and have a plan for its life like a Christian god. It may believe us to be multiple parts (if unable to see or fully experience us) with our own self interests and goals like ancient Greek gods.
The truth, however, would be closer to how we had the ability to create and piece things together but we are fallible in our own way.
This concept of god addresses how this god character has the ability to assemble things and has the interest to observe and can add energy to our lives but is limited in many ways.
To a fly a human’s lifespan is an eternity. Who is to say our god or universe character cannot die? To a single celled organism a human would have the mental capacity to be omniscient and omnipresent but we all know our true limitations. To a puppy a human is caring. And yet look at our history of how we treat each other.
DGB was a physical experiment that turned into a deeper thought experiment and analogy for how we see the universe and a higher being.
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