Installation art describes an artistic genre of site-specific three dimensional works designed to transform a viewer’s perception of a space. You may choose to do document some kind of installation or artful interference for your Foreign Object entry (although the clock is ticking!)

Take a look at these images by Beijing artist Xiong Wenyun. Her installations include blocks of pure color mounted in the doorways of truck stops, homes and shacks along the along the Sichuan-Tibet highway. Here’s an example of how a fairly simple gesture can still have quite an impressive visual impact. What kinds of simple interferences can you create in photographing the landscapes that surround you? Can you incorporate some kind of cultural investigation? Wenyun undertook other experiments with color on rocks, streams and clusters of trucks covered in bright canvases. The work is meant to be a reassessment of the value of colour and the rainbow in chinese culture, and, in particular, in the buddhist interpretation of tibetan tradition (for the tibetan monks, the rainbow symbolises the ladder that unites the earthly sphere with the celestial).

Xiong Wenyun, from Rainbow series, 1998-2001

Xiong Wenyun, from Rainbow series, 1998-2001

Xiong Wenyun, from Rainbow series, 1998-2001

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