(Born 1973 in Hong Kong)
This work is not currently on view.
Projected digital animation: artist-authenticated computer, software, and animation
14 minutes, color, silent
Edition 1 of 5
Gift of Kimberly and James Pallotta
Paul Chan's video 1st
Light commences a planned seven-part cycle of animations that the artist will create over the next few years on themes of religion, politics and art. Designed on a computer and projected on the floor, the simple but dramatic silhouettes depict an idiosyncratic, post-9/11 vision of the Christian Rapture. As shadowy bodies fall and earthly objects rise to the heavens, the work addresses the meaning of salvation and faith in an era dominated by war, consumerism and terror. 1st Light was created for Chan's Momentum 5 exhibition at the ICA in 2005.