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Thursday, October 2, 2008 @ 4:06 AM
Sound Wave
Jean Shin - Sound Wave (2007)

Jean Shin's Sound Wave can be currently viewed at The Museum of Art and Design, New York as part of an exhibition 'Second Lives'. Shin is best known for transforming left over objects such as computer keycaps, glass bottles, lottery scratch cards, perscription bottles into into site specific installations.

Records were melted and sculpted to form a cascading wave, dotted with bursts of colorful labels. The resulting structure speaks to the inevitable waves of technology that render each successive generation of recordable media obsolete. The piece also aims to physically manifest the ephemerality of music as well as one man's musical tastes, as represented by his personal record collection.

Now you know what to do with your record castoffs. Personally, I like holding a record, fingering through them, casting them aside until I select the right tune to put on my Fidelity record player. I still download music, listen to it on my ipod but there is something more precious with the latter action I have described. Shin's piece is gimmicky but kind of fascinating to look at - there is a sense of some kind of loss. When I looked at her previous works on her online portfolio I realised there is more depth in her work, than I initially thought.

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