On September 25, 2014, I had the amazing opportunity to go to the opening of artists Whenhau Shi’s exhibit, Night Song at the Llewellyn Gallery. Shi was actually one of the first modern artists to take an interest in time-based artwork. Most of his work is extremely thought provoking and has a deeper meaning; this caused me to really take a close look at his work and start analyzing it.
Shi originally wanted to become a doctor, but found himself captivated in the different types of media. He loved anything from radio to television. Shi is currently a college professor in the art and art history department. His childhood and his family life played a huge role in the art that he creates.
The first piece that caught my eye is called “Fish’s Night Song.” I am not sure, but I believe Christian Morgenstern’s visual poem was the influence behind this piece. The appearance of fish scales is created through out a series of graphic lines and curves created using LED lights. He left this piece open for interpretation. He used blinking blue lights to create this piece, not because he wanted it blue, but because it was cheaper. The lights were added to the piece in the first place, because it attracted people and got their attention. I like this piece because it had a lot to do with digital media and animation. This artwork had both simplicity and emptiness. It was simplistic and had many meanings to it. While looking at the piece, it made me more curious to want to know what was happening and this is a big part of digital media and animation.
Secondly, I really liked the artwork “Singing to the Sky.” It was a big board with the microphone synchronized to it and words appearing on the screen. It was interesting how when speaking to the microphone what a person said appeared on the screen. This piece was the most interactive and got everyone involved. This is also important in digital media and animation because every artist wants to create a piece that gets its audience involved and interested.
Shi started out as wanting to become a doctor and ended up being such a successful artist. All of his artworks cause me to conjure up another thought and a deeper meaning. I was truly fortunate to be able to attend this art show and learn much more about art galleries.