chuan
khoo
artist, designer, educator


Folded Meanings


Origami


2007

This work is a critique of society’s sometimes seemingly arbitrary, rules-based blanket approach to decision-making and institutionalization.

Just as the ‘NO’ sign effectively communicates the suppression of an activity – symbolized by a pictogram – an empty ‘NO’ sign without context symbolizes a blind rule-making culture that suppresses and withholds social progress.

Part performance, part origami art, Folded Meanings involves me sitting in front of a stack of printed stock of the ubiquitous NO sign, a simple red outlined circle dissected by the authoritative, diagonal slash.

Through strictly geometric folds, I proceed to fold each NO sign until it transforms, three-dimensionally or otherwise, into something else.

Each item is then labelled and pinned to the wall as its new incarnation, a folded meaning.

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