Sculpture, video, and installation
My artistic practice is medium partial, by which I mean in our post-Fordist world, I persist in making objects. However, these objects are not fetishistic. Instead they reference the utopian dreams of Miami modernism and deco architecture. Using techniques such as oxy-acetylene aluminum welding, my works suggest early to mid-century modern not as a nostalgic throwback to some imaginary golden age of the automobile or aeroplane, but as a poignant contemporary re-examination of that dystopic vision.
These sculptural objects contain artefacts and traces of their making; these are signs of an anomic and/or mnemonic sort. Surprisingly, they are sufficient to elicit memories and emotions; the non-synchronous spaces that my work inhabit contain a spectrality that challenges us to recreate what has been forgotten. This subjective/parallactic back and forth between reconstructed pasts and anticipated futures constitutes the framings of modernism and postmodernism as deferred action.
artist’s website: www.londontsai.com