3 Horizontal Lines


This work was commissioned by YTL Corporation in Malaysia and exhibited at the RumahYKP Gallery of Universiti Sains Malaysia, with a significant component on the Internet. The piece used the ruse of a formal meditation on horizontal lines to construct an idiomatic critique of the disjuncture between historical record and contemporary commercial international development on the island of Penang, off the north coast of Peninsula Malaysia.

The installation consisted of 100 digital prints, a surveyor’s transit (not shown) for observing a projected video portrait of the entire island shot from the South China Sea in three separate framings and uneasily stitched together into one long horizontal frame. The web site presents random combinations of historical and contemporary details that conceptually reframe the formal coolness of the installation.

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