Roger introduces his piece by asking the viewers “Discover what the future holds for you” He is giving the viewer the ultimate power to choose their future. I could think of no better thing to compare his work to than a therapist.
He is inviting people into his ultimate and ideal virtual reality and I hope you experience it.
//Vision 0: Void
I love how he started the series off with the piece Void and made it vision number 0.
A circle is a perfect shape, and perhaps the artist is questioning people’s desire for perfection. By titling the piece “Void,” he is telling us that perfection is not valid and that “perfection” could be completely empty and meaningless.
//Vision 1: Zen
Circle is a concept strongly associated with Zen. Symbolizing enlightenment, elegance, and void. Zen is depicted symmetry, “Darmachakra” (continuous energy).
//Vision 2: Love
Imperfect balls perhaps shows what love is like. It could change direction at any time.
//Vision 3: Madness.
Fascinating juxtaposition when he starts off with a clear circle and suddenly the mood shifts to highly contrasting colors and temperature. He presents madness to the viewer.
//Vision 4: Wealth.
”Will you be lucky enough to get this one?”
The way he is bringing humor into the piece puts a smile on viewers’ faces. One of those “Spagoot” coins creates noodles of wealth over and over again like an ATM machine
Who would not want to have wealth?
//Vision 5: Success
He is tells the viewers that everyone has potential to achieve all the success they desire and his crystal ball will show them how by simplifying the process for the viewers. The fact that Success came directly after Wealth is significant.
//Vision 6: Death
What a dramatic shift from success to death. By having such a bright light at the end, perhaps he is implying that there is an afterlife or spiritual presence.
//Vision 7: Luck
He presents luck by preserving a rare clover inside the crystal ball forever.
//Vision 8: Hope
Just like the way the sun rises, our hope can rise high with the soap bubble and we can reach our goals.
The phenomena he creates is quite remarkable. He is telling anecdotes with individual pieces and he is allowing the viewers to have an open interpretation. John Lubbock once said what we see depends mainly on what we look for. Through his works, I realize, one’s thoughts shape one’s vision, and it’s interesting how he is letting one choose a premade vision from the shelf.
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