To install Transcendence is Absorption, Dodes will build a conventional billboard structure with a viewing station on its backside as a poetic, puzzling and propagandistic intervention in the public park of Randall's Island. This project presents a set of inversions and dualities to provoke and incite questions from its viewers, including materiality and spirituality, natural landscape and manipulated landscape, desire and aversion, being and nothing, subject and object, reality and fantasy. Transcendence is Absorption explores the social and cultural consequences of ubiquitous advertising in New York City while actively transforming them into art. The poetry of language and the subversive image, combined with the interactive viewing station, will provide a counterpoint to the purpose of a traditional billboard.
STEP ONE: DRILL 5 HOLES. The ground was very hard.
STEP TWO: POUR CONCRETE IN THE HOLES AND PLACE POSTS.
STEP THREE: PLACE THE FRONT PANELS
Now, we have to build the back stairs and place the vinyl banner on the front.
The technical director of my project (DVB) and I have been working hard the past days: cutting wood, painting wood, moving materials, etc.. Here are some pics from our preparation for the big installation days on Randall's Island beginning tomorrow...
After visiting my project site on Randall's Island, I have changed the image for my billboard. I wanted the image to be as site specific as possible. Behind the girls you will see the exact image behind them that is in the actual physical space, except for the fact that it is flipped upside down. In this new version, there is more sky and I find it is a more subtle disorientation of the skyline.