Make Hang Gallery Presents:
"THE NOTHING BOX"
an immersive illusion in space, created by the artistically magical...
"This piece invites you to lose yourself, and in so doing to find another.”
Make Hang is excited to be the first space to exhibit the brand new Nothing Box by Stephen Stout
November 4-26, 2011
Save these dates for The Nothing Box!
First Fridays 11/4, 6-9 pm
Poetry Reading 11/10, 7-8 pm
Illusion Celebration 11/18, 6-9 pm
Artist Talk 11/19, 2-3 pm
Stephen Stout's statement for The Nothing Box:
“In Hellenic philosophy the concept of ekstasis means to “be or stand outside oneself”. An example the Greeks used was consciousness, which allows for altruistic “exterior” things like consideration and empathy. I find this idea beautiful because to be outside yourself is to experience oneness with the world.
This installation will lead you through a tunnel and into the heart of a sculpture made of mirrored boxes. Inside you are surrounded by an array of lights in a three dimensional grid with you at the center, and you will feel like you are floating in a void. The lighting will dim inside the sculpture and brighten outside and your vision will pass through the sculpture into the surrounding space. Using stage lighting and hand drawn marks on the walls I have created a forced perspective that is visible from inside the sculpture only. When you exit the sculpture you will see a different space than what was visible from inside the sculpture. You may experience a shifting of space, a doubting of your own senses; a rift between what you have perceived and the rationalization of this perception. The piece is set up so that you will first act as participant who is witnessed and then witness to other participants. The sharing of the moment and the exchange of roles are both part of the intention of the work.
For more information on the Nothing Box:
visit: Make Hang, 450 Green st, San Francisco
email: [email protected]
Art Openings & Events every First and Third Friday from 6-9 pm!
Wednesday and Thursday 5-8 pm
Friday and Saturday 1-8 pm
& by appointment by calling 978-973-6995
Make Hang Gallery
450 Green Street
San Francisco CA 94133
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