Pseudo/Mixed Light

Pseudo/Mixed Light (Chinese: Ke Dao Di) uses photography, sculpture, and installation to search for elements that constitute visual impressions of Chinese culture- specifically ones carried out by Chinese restaurants in the United States- through décor or the food itself.

Installation view, Da-Hsia Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan, 2015

The photographic work portrays Americanized Chinese food gelatinized into the shape of a takeout container. While the food suggests a relocated Chinese culture, the shape refers to the context in which the culture forms a new look. The malleability and structural soundness that the dishes present are similar to characteristics of an immigrant community. The repeated composition in the images illustrates the homogenous appearances of such Chinese dishes; the changing backgrounds and filtered light on the same dish imply variable interpretations from viewers.

The Chinese title of Pseudo/Mixed Light—Ke Dao Di—has a few meanings as it can be pronounced differently. When spoken as an inquiry, it asks whether something is authentic. Otherwise, it means something “could be authentic”, or that something describes a certain location. The pieces in this show not only negotiate the approval of “authenticity”, but investigate the meaning of “Di”, which means “ground”, “background”, or “location”.

Since backgrounds and lighting are ever-changing, as are perspectives, I question whether authenticity should be an absolute concept.

Installation view of Background #1

Whitewashed, 24"x50", digital c-print, 2015

You Can Buy My Statement, 22"x27.5", laser carved plexiglass, 2015
Visitors use flashlight function on phone to reveal text.