Gallery 354, 2019
Gallery 354’ (2019) reflects upon the namesake gallery within the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s southwest wing, which houses objects from Melanesia. Taking the subdued lighting at Gallery 354 as a departure point, this work is a meditation on exposure, failure, time, loss and darkness.
For its first iteration, the project manifests as a sound and light installation. Upon entering a dark room the viewer is subjected to sensory deprivation. A barely lit wall guides one towards a few objects. The opposite end of the room is enshrouded in pitch darkness, revealed as the eyes gradually adjust*. One may also notice a minimalist bench. An intimate narration in the artist’s voice runs in loop.
* It takes approximately 10 minutes for the cone cells in the eyes to adapt to the dark, which is almost the length of the voice recording.