Fan (Concrete Poetry), 2014, Archival inkjet print, 43x60in
Fan is a meditation on the inherent entropy of an object and its potential for “rebellion”, which is located in the object’s refusal to function properly according to the expectations socially and culturally assigned to it. Typically, the standard cream-coloured box fan is an object characterized by its ordinariness and functionality. Traditionally associated with the environment of the office cubical, it carries an air of the institutional. This particular fan however, has been rendered entirely non-functional: its interior is filled with concrete preventing its blades from spinning. The event that occurred and the motivation behind it are unclear. Is this the result of a practical joke or did the fan acquire an agency of its own and is now staging a refusal to conform to expectations of its common purpose.