Title: Dancing in the sunshine, don't we have it all, 2018
Description: “…We are all like the guy wearing an 80s dress dancing in silence on the platform located between 32nd St. and 6 Av, but we present ourselves in different ways, try so hard to identify and reidentify who we are, to figure out what life and its purpose is. We think and think of why we are here.”
Genre/Techniques/Utilized: Basic jewelry fabrication techniques, wax carving, electro-forming, 3D CAD, wood carving, casting
Materials: plastics, magnifying glasses, casting, concrete, horse hair, pau rosa wood
1. Reality, Lost Frequencies, 2016
2. Memory in New York City, Tai-Yi Lin, 2017
I’ve been in New York for one year. I remember sitting on the floor at Penn Station at 12 AM, staring at the red, bold, “DELAY” announcement on the screen. I did not get mad. My face was as calm as a white paper. New York always makes people wait, wait, and wait. People are so used to waiting in line, for subway, sitting in traffic, or just for cookie dough.
I’ve been in New York for one year. I remember sitting in the school’s computer lab at 3 AM, chased by tons of designs waiting to be completed. I was exhausted physically and mentally like most New Yorkers. We complain a lot, but still work hard and never stop. We live in New York, this city, of dreams, to be seen.
I’ve been in New York for one year. I remember staggering down in Korean Town at 6 AM, high-fiving with the people standing outside a club complimenting my tattoo on my chest. People are going crazy and trying to have some fun escaping from this high-pressured hot pot of a night, or just a second. We are all like the guy wearing an 80s dress dancing in silence on the platform located between 32nd St. and 6 Av, but we present ourselves in different ways, try so hard to identify and reidentify who we are, to figure out what life and its purpose is. We think and think of why we are here.
I’ve been in New York for one year. I remember being the first guest, driving and pulling over in the parking lot of IKEA at 9 AM. I drove straight forward into the dark, cool building and made a U-turn out of indoor parking lot to have a nice, bright sunshine, which helped me see and think more clearly. I enjoyed staying in a space where there was no one else to disturb me. I can sense that people are stressed-out in this competitive city. I see people wearing suits gather in Bryant Park for lunch to breathe and get some fresh air to set their body and mind free just like me. We all need time to stop and think outside this bustling city I guess. Then, we go back to burying ourselves in whatever it is and wherever we belong in New York.
I’ve been in New York for one year. I remember lying on the ground in Washington Square Park, finding Waldo and trying so hard not to be distracted by the people walking by. It reminded me that people are exploring this city and looking for that right person in the crowd. New York has its specialty about love and relationships. I feel that people seem to be lonely all the time. I see people furiously seek someone who can cuddle with them and stay in when winter comes and try to get something fresh when winter goes. They desire the true love so badly but keep exploring other possibilities and expect a person at the same time. I guess people will not be satisfied with the goal in front of them, due to our nature of greed, and the temper of variety everywhere, like stopping by taking pictures with the Disney’s cartoon characters or glancing at the naked women in Time Square.
I’ve been in New York for one year. I remember when I assumed myself as a New Yorker. Not the moment that I ignored the traffic signal ahead, but the moment that every emotion magnified significantly and grew completely while sitting in a café watching people commence with everyday drama. I notice myself laughing more loudly, crying more fiercely, even crying in happiness and laughing in sadness. I am still trying to find a balance to fit myself in New York city, this epitome of the modern world. Sometimes I go with the flow to see where I would go. Sometimes I fight against the current to test my limit, to prove myself how strong I can be. I embrace the uncertainty hidden in every corner and enjoy the change that the city brings to me.