Tiong Ang

Lumen Travo

The young Dutch artist Tiong Ang has worked in various media, including painting, video, photographs, text, and installations. In his recent show he placed three small, unobtrusive TV monitors on the floor at a distance from each other, in an almost empty space. The viewer was surrounded by soft music emanating continuously from the monitors, each of which presented a single frozen image that recalled casts or models.

The three screens included a Buddha’s head (Insomniac Buddha; all works 1997); a wig-head (Insomniac Wig Head) and a doll’s head (Insomniac Doll). One could gather from the flickering light reflected in the eyes that each faced a television screen; these mute “spectators” did not, of course, react to the images to which they were seemingly subjected—their blankness suggested how a continuous media avalanche can render the human eye almost impervious to detail.

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