EROSIVE TENSION INSTALLATION
"Erosive Tension" is an art installation that explores the dissonance between how human and natural factors transform environment. Erosion stems from the Latin, "erodere"—to wear away and consume. While natural erosion is the process of wearing away and recycling materials into endless possibilities, human erosion is the process of consuming resources to construct and preserve our versions of reality.
Situated in an unrestored portion of Western Avenue Studios, a mill building dating back to Lowell's Industrial Revolution, the work is part archeological site and part art installation. This hybrid space engulfs the viewer in a phenomenological experience where impermanence and the effects of erosion, the human lead attempts to fight back this reclamation, and the artist’s interventions expose the discord becoming increasingly common in a fragmenting and contested world.
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Location: WESTERN AVENUE STUDIOS
122 Western Ave, Studio 140, Lowell, MA, 01851
IMMERSIVE VIRTUAL EXPERIENCE
Iron is the most abundant element on Earth by mass. In the form of ochre it is one of the first materials we used for creative expression. Our relationship with iron chronicles our technological progress, our increasing ambitions and their consequences to our planet. Our success in smelting and shaping iron led to the iron age. Ongoing advances in iron-based technologies fed our conquest driven cultures. Iron’s strength, hardness, and flexibility, embody the ideals of immortality and permanence. Iron is our shield and weapon, in our desire to conquer impermanence, and rise above nature.
Contrary to this symbolism, iron is far from invincible and immutable. The oxidizing of iron and its transformation into rust is representative of the gradual reclaiming and recycling that is integral to maintaining a natural balance. The cyclical stages of iron: from oxidized dust, to iron ore, and back to oxidized dust, links the past, present, and future. Constant change is the only constant.
Our relationship with iron runs deeper than history, technology, and culture. Iron is the essential element in our blood which carries oxygen to all our cells. The process by which oxygen binds to the iron in our hemoglobin (a process comparable to rusting) is the reason our blood is red. "Liquid Rust" is an artistic meditation on the rusting process.
“Flux” is an exploration of impermanence as a recycling force. It explores the duality of human intervention through maintenance as a transformative force that is both restorative and corrosive. In other words, their is an entropic element to our efforts to reverse natural erosion which ends up contributing to impermanence.
"Hydro" is a contemplation on water. Water permeates our world, nurturing, eroding, corroding, and transforming the path along its journey. The footage for this piece was captured at a run-off site for one of the remaining working hydroelectric generators from Lowell’s Industrial Revolution.
"The study of time perception or chronoception is a field within psychology, cognitive linguistics and neuroscience that refers to the subjective experience, or sense, of time, which is measured by someone's own perception of the duration of the indefinite and unfolding of events."
In this short film we get a glimpse of the world through the aleph. Inspired by Jorge Luis Borges’ short story, “The Aleph”, this aleph is a small breach in the wall of "Erosive Tension,” the latest installation project by artist Roneld Lores. Like the allegory of Plato’s Cave, the view through this opening is a glimpse of the world through the lens of our limitations.
This film mixes audio and video recorded over a 3 hour timespan and presented at varying speeds. It reminds us that events unfolding outside of our timescale are only partially observed, leaving us to seek constancy out of impermanence.
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