John Young (Australia)
North Point Station
Form of Artwork:
1. Lumina: VE wall panels 11m(l) x 5m(h)
2. Anchor: VE wall Panels 9m(l) x3m(h)
3. Loops: Free form loops incorporated into floor tiles 6m x 6m each
Artwork Completion Date:
Artist's Concept: I have chosen to work with a very simple vocabulary. The aim of this simplicity is to produce resonances, memory traces in the commuter rather than an insistence on any image where the commuter has to stop to look. In other word, I feel the advertisements work on a very primitive level of direct repetition and competition of ever complex and seductive imagery, always bracketed by the light box frame – whilst the art works will work as an environment, i.e it presents itself as physical space rather than a representational reading. Thus the commuter's experience of these works unfolds over several areas of the stations, generally in their peripheral vision.
The work comprises 2 sets of VE panels finished in abstract colours reflecting the soft sheen on ancient Chinese porcelain. These luminous and natural colours are punctuated with images of salt crystals which can be seen as jewels, or be associated with mountains and valleys portrayed in traditional ink paintings. These historical traces or resonances are to be conceptualized with the contemporary, machine feel of the exposed cladding elements.
Anchor & Diptych
Similar to Lumina, these art pieces build up a familiarity within the commuters' peripheral vision and perhaps also their psyche by the manifestation of specific anchor points inside the vibrant station spaces. It exists for its own sake and stands still in contrast with the perpetual traffic movements and constant change of advertising images.
The loops connote and symbolise information technology in this age. Static yet in perpetual motion, they describe a technological experience and new sense of duration. In busy transition spaces, the loops demarcate a threshold between normal perceptual space (outside the loop) and a more virtual, imaginary and aesthetic space (inside the loop). Within our peripheral vision, a different mood is evoked.