suckerPUNCH: describe your project.
Leong Leong: The temporary installation for the W/ Project Space in New York’s Chinatown completed by LEONG LEONG is the latest in a series of projects that explore the translation of a legible figure into a continuous visual field. From the street, the installation appears as a glowing, enigmatic box, its contents and purpose unknown. Once inside all reference
to the boundaries of the gallery are obscured by a five-sided figure made of rigid building insulation.
The cave-like space is a result of blending four shapes into a topological environment. The walls of the gallery are lined with mirror to transform the spatial figure into a field of reflections. All material used in the installation will be recycled in the construction of an artist residence in New Jersey designed by LEONG LEONG.
sP: what or who influenced this project?
LL: We are interested in the ambiguity between the figure and the field.
We have been looking at things like color blind tests, Rorschach inkblots, and the optics of fuzzy figures.
sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
Alejandro Zaera-Polo – “Cheapness: No Frills and Bare Life”
Robbin Evans – “Translations from Drawing to Building”
Land of Desire – William Leach
DJ Trouble (WFMU)
Jay-Z “Forever Young”
Random YouTube videos
The Fly – David Cronenberg
sP: whose work is currently on your radar?
LL: Miguel Fisac
Kevin Roche and John Dinkeloo