Father's Nest (2015)
Shortwave radio tuned to Air Traffic Control, electrical cable, switch box, light bulb responding to radio
10ft High x 3ft Diameter
Requires power connection, either from ceiling or wall
My home is an archive of unwanted and extraneous technological phenomena. Resting in my backyard, this electrical cable was already shaped like a nest in nature. Selling and installing home entertainment systems as a technician, my dad often stores left over objects from his job, thinking it will be of use in the near or far future. He says it’s an instinct of an immigrant who came to the US with nothing. Through functional yet obsolete and invisible objects, this is the job that sustains his family. In a process of “baring the device,” I make these objects, their functionality and the labor involved to install them in a home visible. Using past analog technology such as the short-wave radio, reacting to present time migration (Air Traffic Control), I also hope to weave the temporal past and present into a beacon for collective flight, belonging and presence.
2016 POST/HASTE, Swell Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, CA
2016 Open Studios 2016, San Francisco Art Institute, CA