Entry Title: "Appropriate Attire"
Name: Ange Ong , United States
Category and Expertise: Portrait|Still Life|Deeper Perspective, Student


Entry Description: These images are taken at the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan, New York City--one of the most congested art museum in the world. In these spaces, we cannot avoid looking at works of art without looking at other human beings. In contrast to the impression of its filled galleries, I am interested in the temporary lost of individuality and a sense of isolation that is still highly present in such an environment--galleries and museum spaces that often generate a kind of grey space for a fluid interpretation of the existential status between fine art and human bodies.

Story: Current subjects of interest in my photographic practice are informed by the spectrum of theories of things (or thingness) and object-oriented ontology--the idea that our knowledge about existence of beings in this world as always only half-accessible to us despite any extent of effort. My recent portrait/ still-life series came from an extremely intense and extended observance of objects and human beings, as well as a sharp sense of manipulation of perspective and precision that mismatch the most familiar everyday setting. Human bodies are occasionally re-understood in incidental positions, forms and particular angles and I aim to retain, or to amplify, these instances of “malfunctions” where we can get in touch with the hidden sides of the realities about existence. The images from this series are taken at the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan, New York City--one of the most congested art museum in the world at all times. In these spaces, we cannot avoid looking at works of art without looking at other human beings. However, in contrast to the impression of its filled galleries, I am interested in the temporary lost of individual identity and a sense of isolation that is still highly present in such an environment--galleries and museum spaces that often generate a kind of grey space for a particularly fluid interpretation of the existential status between fine art (such as sculpture and genre paintings) and living human bodies.

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