|Charades of Chads / Eggnudes
Digital Images by Fung
Introduction by H-Ray Heine
It was in the fall of 1998 that I
caught a first online glimpse of Fung Lin Hall's work. At the time,
it seemed as if there were only a handful of new media artsites on the
net, and Fung Lin's Eggplant site (mutanteggplant.com)
was offering surprizing and often entertaining ideas as to what this new
thing called internet could be used for in the arts.
Digitalsouls.com is pleased to present
this selection of Fung Lin's digital images.
Quiet and persistent, Fung Lin's digital
images manage to create a subtle current of uncertainty that invites interpretation
and re-evaluation of what is seen.
The following are selections from
the email correspondence between Fung Lin and myself that equally enlighten,
entertain, and obscure the visual information contained in the images.
Fung Lin 09/25/98
The Eggplant project "was inspired
by a strange looking eggplant that I found at Havelska open market in the
Old Town of Prague. The Mutant Eggplant got executed for our dinner. The
shell was a souvenir my son brought back from Spain. The toilet paper was
from the Prague Castle. G theory is my spoof on C theory. These are
my chinese peasant feet, good for planting rice."
Ctheory - http://www.ctheory.com/
Interesting work. I particularly
like the Warhol piece
on your site, but I am confused about the authorship of the piece, i.e.,
image, text, flash animation ...
Fung Lin 12/16/00
I am the author and the flash animation
was done by Koji Tada. The text is a mixture of Simon & Garfunkle
lyrics and classic popular music, except
for the two lines (2000 Pimples to Silent Stars, 15 seconds of Fame instead
of 15 minutes) which
are mine. The
pictographs on Warhol's face are the same pictographs that I used in Bullshit
Calligraphy, another animation work presented at Agogical Intervention.
Attached is the image of a Japanese film still where I got the idea. Sometimes
I refer to Warhol piece as Fungus Face L'etranger.
Perhaps we could do a short interview
with some background info about you and your work. As you know, I
like the Warhol piece especially, but let me know if you have something
else in mind.
Fung Lin 01/14/01
Interview by emails? I may
decide not to answer some questions if that is acceptable then my response
is yes. I'll let you know if I come up with something fun.
go to Winter Flies and check out my
friend's work. (I had
an idea to do icON cOFFin - an extention of my Eccentric Visions which
you find at mutant eggplant).
The hammer and chad images are
great. Are they part of a series? I like "Intriguing Vertical
Chads" as a title.
Fung Lin 02/21/01
Yes. Could be incorporated
into a visual dialogue of "Charades of Chads" and my piece could have the
Intrguing Vertical Chads as title- with two hammer images without titles
(just visually hinting at the two supreme courts involved.)
Eggplant babies are normal and still
Sorry for sending you so many images.
I don't know how to discriminate, sometimes.
Thank you so much for the images.
I liked the eggnudes descending a staircase and the eggplant baby still
lifes. The images are so simple and straightforward, but somehow
unsettling, working on a level that does not fully enter my conscious reading
of the images. Not exactly sure, what it is, but those images keep
working on me ... usually a very good sign ;-)
I think we should provide some
information about the origin of images themselves and the process that
led to their current form; i.e., do you use scans of 35 mm slides/prints
and work on them in Photoshop or similar, or are they digital images
from the start, etc.?
Fung Lin 02/21/01
Almost all are scanned from 35mm prints
and minimum Photoshop work. I work more on the conceptual
level, and I use simple methods. My formal training is in etching,
collages and painting.
Life When I decided to call the image Still Life I suddenly had a powerful
and emotional reaction to the double meaning of the words. Resurrecting
the genre, breathing new light to the words in these precarious times
- life in the sterile, ominous present, struggling to give birth and stay
babies are normal and still alive.
These eggplant babies were found
at Lee Lee chinese market in Chandler Arizona. They may be adults,
I don't know if these eggplants are going to grow in size.
Last November I went to Italy and
do not remember seeing mutant eggplants
there. Eggplant is called Lilec
in Czech and they have a lot of
remember seeing Czech dishes using eggplant. Very Strange. My favorite
Czech vegetable name is Cinske Zelenina - the Chinese cabbage or Bak Choy.
The English use french name aubergine
and Eggplant is American name.
The gov't thinks these genetically
engineered vegetable are safe. I pray. I eat a lot of them.
Organic vegetable is better but too expensive.
Fung Lin, do you have any introductory
or background text/statement that would offer an initial frame of reference
in approaching your work? That would be very helpful.
Fung Lin 02/25/01
I am afraid of making a Statement,
so I enlisted help from Wittgenstein. My first choice is:
"If there were no connection between
the act of expectation and reality, you could expect nonsense." Wittgenstein.
My second choice is:
"Memory and reality must be in One
I list the rest for your enjoyment.
The axioms of a geometry are not to include any truths. One could say:
"Unfamiliarity is much more of an experience than familiarity."
Here is more boring one from me.
I love conducting research/connecting
ideas and see patterns- a statement made for this email only.
Fung Lin Hall