ARTIST STATEMENT: Informed by a training in theoretical math, my artistic practice investigates the role of the singular individual under late capitalism. The movement between artistic, scientific, and industrial modes not only results in representations of cognitive schema, but also analyzes the creative process in the context of contemporary networked labor. Mathematical problem solving is abstract labor; as such it can be thought of as the basic mental activity that powers modern political economy.
As a maker of physical objects, I find craftsmanship to be an essential component for the direct engagement and understanding of the contemporary material world. In the words of art historian Robin Adele Greeley: "In wrestling with the stubborn materiality of things, the artist recognizes himself as a perceiving subject whose confrontation with the otherness of objects is what opens the potential for critical, conceptual thinking."
Given the realities of uneven global development, out-sourcing, just-in-time mass customization, and the proliferation of niche markets in our networked information age, artists must question and justify the relevance of their studio practice.
Lun-Yi London Tsai