Thomas Yang

The Achromatic Illusion

Class of: 2023

Major: Product Design BFA

Medium: Essay

Faculty: Rebecca Nison

Prompt: Use personification to tell a story from the perspective of the particular element/entity you have chosen. Each group member should choose one element/entity of the Studio sculpture you are creating. Using these with the story you write, explore some of the situations this entity/element has encountered and witnessed, and link it to the other elements/entities from which your peers are writing. Through the experiences, you select, convey particular features of life, humanity, and/or history. Approach these entities/elements as Orhan Pamuk does in the excerpts from My Name Is Red: not only to discuss events but to convey ideas about humanity and the world at large. Use the five senses. Ground the reader in the scene and utilize concrete details to demonstrate abstract concepts.

Our studio project prompt was to create a three-dimensional piece of art that had no meaning at all. The piece must be created from found objects of New York City. Stemming from the project prompt and the piece produced within Studio 1, the prompt for the Seminar writing assignment was created. Both the Studio and Seminar projects belonging to Bridge 3, were collaborative projects. The Achromatic Illusion was my written section of a three-part final Bridge submission called White Cube. Within the last piece, each student within the group chose to personify a specific element of the Studio project created before the writing. The Achromatic Illusion was an inspired piece by both My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk and the podcast Everything is Alive, titled Chioke, Grain of Sand. The piece was focused on the colour white, and more specifically, to the white frame that was used in the composition of the photographs that belonged to the Studio piece. The piece spoke from the perspective of the white frame and the authority that we, as human beings, have placed on the colour and composition of the colour within the realm of art. The tone near the end of the piece was an influence from the film Network by Sidney Lumet from a particular single monologue exposing the truth of television on televising companies.