The Confines of Space
The Confines of Space is a sculptural light piece that I consider a self-portrait of my recent past. For seven years, I worked as a programmer through 4 different offices, each well populated with small gray cubicles. In my seventh year of work, I found myself needing to get out of these spaces and I left the neutral gray workforce to begin my creative life at ITP. In The Confines of Space, Iâ€™m exploring the contrast of my old life and my new life by creating endless space in a confining and comparably small object. With this juxtaposition, the viewer can be witness to endless space existing in a place where it physically should not.
This project came out of my own recent personal history. For the seven years prior to ITP, I had worked in offices and in those offices, the cubicle was generally the default workspace. I have nothing but disdain for cubicles. They offer only constraint and neutral colors. No amount of photographs could change what a cubicle is. This was part of the reason I wanted out of that world and wanted to come to ITP. I needed the freedom that ITP offered.
Long before ITP and cubicles, I had always been greatly fascinated with the vastness of things. Space, the oceans and even New York City feels vast to me at times. I am fascinated with the idea that there's so much more out there than what I can see with my eyes.
So therein lies the contrast that I did not see. These two things were so personal to me, that it took me time to truly look at them together. I hated the cubicle because it was constraining. It was constraining to me because I love the vastness of things.