MisInterpretation - Part of a Group Show at OCADU Research & Innovation Under the guidance of Haru Hyunkyung Ji, Ph.D.
Silent Version - MisInterpretation - Please view First
MisInterpretation is a nod to Sol LeWitt who was an iconic American artist whose work helped to establish both Minimalism and Conceptual Art.
LeWitt’s practice was based primarily within his own intellect, establishing a rubric of formal instructions which his assistants followed to create the works. Some of the artist’s most integral pieces are his Wall Drawings, in which he explored myriad variations of applying drawn lines onto walls. “When an artist uses a conceptual form of art, it means that all of the planning and decisions are made beforehand and the execution is a perfunctory affair. The idea becomes a machine that makes the art,” he wrote in his seminal 1967 essay Paragraphs on Conceptual Art.
In MisInterpretation, we take Sol LeWitt’s idea of systems and rules to create a video installation using existing, found video, then imposing Wall Drawing #370. Though LeWitts work creates a venue for interpretation of rules and the system he creates, the emotional value created with these rules through drawing and interpretations create little or no emotional empathy or impact to the universal issues faced by humanity. MisInterpretations take LeWitt’s framework and introduces emotional affectation into the construct by looking at War and the Game of War.
MisInterpretation takes two found, existing videos and by applying LeWitt’s rules we are able to adhere to his concept of designs/drawings constructed using rules. However, the footage and the sound play an important role in creating context. One video documents the killing of innocent individuals by US Armed forces in Afghanistan; it was not acknowledged by the US government until WikiLeaks released it publicly. The second video depicts a video game made to look exactly like footage from the WikiLieaks’ footage from the Apache Hellfire Helicopter. The sound track consists of players yelling defamations as they “Kill” the “Ragheads”
With 25.7% of all video games played in the USA are first shooter games, the question drawn from MisInterpretation revolves around normalizing gun play and inculcating us to make gunplay part of our play.
Sound Version - MisInterpretation - Please view Second
This images represent the first iteration of this work at the show.
Subsequently with consultation with Professor Haru Ji, we altered the first design, moving further away from the direct interpretation of LeWitts work to further strengthen the stance of MisInterpretation.