Periphery was created for my senior thesis at NYU. The theme was inspired by a previous installation I had done entitled "Space Hop" where I gridded off a large square space in what was once the dining room of my apartment. The installation mimiced a board game I played when I was young that my father designed.
In Periphery, I created two diametrically opposed spaces in the gallery, one in black and white using electrical tape, and one in which I hand painted with acrylic house paint. The point was to create a sensation of being enveloped by geometrics, to come into contact with art as a sort of peripheral, whole-bodied experience. The squares undulate in frot of your eyes, inverting, receding, popping, in and out, invoking a sense of complete disorientation. The viewer is immersed in extremely loud geometric noise, which seems to be both discombombulating and pleasurable at the same time.
I also included a painting, Flash, which was situated to the right of "High Deaf." You can read more about it in the paintings "about" section.
"PERIPHERY" © Beki Powell 2009
Commons Gallery at New York University
New York, NY