169 x 419
Cleaning frees people from dirt, contamination, and disease, which make it an important undertaking to maintain society. However, ironically, cleaning sacrifices other things to be dirty. For an object to become clean, something else has to absorb its dirt. That said, the clean state of an object merely indicates a transfer of material. I focus on this transfer, and I choose to embrace this concept by making the cleaning a task. I remove dust and dirt on the floor. I turn a filthy, lackluster space into a pristine and purposeful place.
I build a sculpture that filters water. When I pour dirtied mop water into the sculpture, it provides me filtered water, enabling me to continue cleaning. I wash the space over and over again, transferring dirt collected from the 169 x 419 inches of space to the cleansing sculpture. However, as people come and go, the dirt piles up, even in the middle of the cleaning process.
The sculpture called 169 x 419 is a trial intending to stem the snowballing of dirt in this exhibition space. As it turns out, in the end, the filter in the sculpture runs down, failing in its futile quest to purify overwhelming amount of water and only achieving temporal clearness.