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Seldon Yuan
brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Bushwick



ARTIST STATEMENT: Under the influence of poetry, my work is based on a personal history. Focusing on a personal poetics of multiple perspectives and mediums, the work extends across a spectrum that plays on optical effects, absurdity, poetry, surrealism, language, familiar objects and spaces that are often in service of a personal narrative. The work typically creates a filter between a common object, environment, or scene and the viewer, thereby inventing a lens to view and reinterpret the everyday metaphorically. With the hybrid works that place poems and text into visual contexts, the work plays with the transitions between image/object and language, contrasts the allographic and autographic, activates the passive act of reading, contends with the expansion and contraction of language and both its ambiguities and specificity; all the while carefully sidestepping the language and aesthetics of graphic design and typography. The form of each work is constructed so the text and the visual aspects expand the other conceptually without becoming an illustration, while also activating the passive act of reading through actions such as movement and memorization.
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