Stephanie Kang

 

     
 

Stephanie Kang Karaoke


Stephanie Kang Karaoke


Stephanie Kang Karaoke


Stephanie Kang Karaoke


Stephanie Kang Karaoke


Stephanie Kang Karaoke


Stephanie Kang Karaoke


 
 

 

Life in the Woods, collaboration with Christopher Thompson, astroturf, Gatorade, Starbucks cups, wood paneling, car fresheners, TV monitors, fish tanks, bit coins,

goldfish and zebrafish, aquarium gravel, aquarium artificial plant, posters, clothes rack, overalls, and t-shirts, multimedia installation in First Floor Installation Space at Lewis Center, 2014

 

The installation Life in the Woods celebrates the new and the novel with its sleek products and assemblages. Embracing the Walmart aesthetic of cheap, sterile, middle-class familiarity and comfort, each sculptural element of the installation acts as an adaptation of Maslow's hierarchy of needs at the physiological level. Parodying Henry David Thoreau's attempt of escape through nature, we created our own Walden Pond with Amazon products and artificial replications of nature, a nirvana of consumer cluster. Why go into nature when a cleaner, brighter, more-plastic version can be Fed-Exed to you? Like when watching reality survivor shows, such as Man vs. Wild or Survivorman, I don't actually want to experience natureā€”I just want to feel like I'm experiencing nature. In the space of the installation, participants can lie on the Astroturf lawn and take in the fresh aroma of pine-scented air fresheners. The whirring of water filters can lull you into a tranquil state as you take in the scenic view of forested screensavers on a monitor. Again, the illusion alone satisfies and pleasures.