1. Aris Hu

Over the past two years, I have been asked to consider the use of familiar, everyday objects in my creative work. My interest in incorporating and/or representing these kinds of objects stems from the strange simultaneity of their ubiquity and their “invisibility.”

Most of us learn to understand the world through a ceaseless stream of mediated visual stimuli, from still images in magazines and billboards to moving images such as films and advertisements. Our contemporary state is one of near-perpetual visual stimulation, and we are increasingly invested in and responsive to all forms of mediation. But at the same time, we have become less and less aware of the material nature of our surroundings, of the everyday things, the domestic, mundane, “boring” objects that constitute this endlessly running world and support every aspect of our daily lives. They are designed to fulfill our every specific need and exist as brilliant feats of engineering, but are so often taken for granted that they become as if invisible.

My work has always been related to domestic objects. From object-human relationships to object-object relationships, my intention is to explore the ways in which these mundane objects have embedded meaning (either personal significance or broader cultural associations), and to determine how these meanings can change and influence both perspective and projection.