suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Johnny C. LIN: The series of projects presented here is the result of an on-going exploration of the transformative nature of surface quality. The work is inspired by the complexity, opulence and drama of Gothic cathedrals and Baroque architecture. The second influence is the industrial space. Factories are significant here because their existence primarily rooted in functional necessities and the requirements for mass production. The Industrial Era signified the shift of power in human consciousness from God as an omnipotent figure to that of men.
In contrast, spaces designed for science fiction movies needed to present only the appearance of function. By combining these influences—the aspect of machine-like reproduction, aesthetic freedom that is void of restraints, and the intricate play of surface and texture, I arrived at the starting point of my experiment. The completed work attempts to give the futuristic impression that these objects are becoming self-sufficient, self-generating and ever growing living machines.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
JCL: Industrial, machine, sci-fi, classical architecture.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
JCL: Chopin, “Nocturnes.”
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
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