Things for which I am grateful #47/365

Candy Chang.

What is art? Is it a beautiful painting or sculpture? A photograph or a poem?

For me, art either holds a mirror up to society in a way that hasn’t been done before, or shows us the next stage of human development – our future selves. (Basically, people who are ahead of their time.)

Candy Chang does both. She is a Taiwanese-American artist based in New Orleans who creates interactive art.

I would also call it – Positive Action Art.

Because, not only does she get people involved and bring them together, it tends to point towards improving whatever is, or, was.

Here are a couple of beautiful examples. The first is when she painted a derelict building with chalkboard paint and invited locals to write what they would like to do before they die. Entitled, oddly enough, Before I die.

The second, is where she invited people to make confessions on wooden plaques, in private confessional booths, which were then displayed in a Shinto-esque shrine. Bizarrely enough, called Confessions.

Anyways, here are a few images from both exhibits. But you can see a whole lot more of her brilliant work if you click on any of the links.

Thank you, Ms. Chang. Your work is an inspiration. And thanks too, to Paul Wood for enlightening me to her.

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And it went global... in over 60 countries.

And it went global… in over 60 countries.

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Filed under Art, community, Contemporary Arts, Creativity, Ideas, Innovation, Inspiration

2 responses to “Things for which I am grateful #47/365

  1. Brilliant. Love the Confessions project!

  2. The confession about the ‘biological father’ is quite shocking. Great work though.

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