Mar 6, 2012

ENEMY AMPLIFIED PROOF "Razor, Paint, Tape" Paired Window Installation, Charles Chace, 2012, Mixed Media, 8'X15'X6'

This paired window installation is constructed of recycled cardboard boxes. The boxes all went through the same simple process of being razored into over a thousand book like shapes. The shapes were then painted various colors. The colored pieces were installed into concentric lines inside the windows using tape. A shingling type of pattern was used to build. In this process the corrugated edge is revealed. This unmasked use of material helps relate that the parts used in creating the sculpture are only props in the overall presentation of "work". This display of "work" is an integral theme to the piece. The result of this effort is a pair of mixed media concentric rectangle window sculptures.
In 1958 the Chinese government banned these images due to the possibilities of its use in psychic amplification. The use of these images in twins was thought to create doorways into such phenomena as the forth dimension depending on the diameters: length, width, height, and depth. The late furniture designer and psychic Lei Chau spent over 500,000 dollars in an attempt to trademark these images before they were banned.  Later in the 1960's, Frank Stella reportedly used some of Chau's original drawings for his own studies of concentric squares.