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Times Square by Yue Li
Times Square by Yue Li

Times Square, 2014

Yue Li

Inspired by a time-lapse video of New York’s famed tourist landmark, the artist creates a dynamic digital painting in which the speed and vitality of the crowded commercial intersection fade away in a bending, vertiginous sea of color. Light trails, the artifacts of passing cars, populate the empty street, creating a feeling of temporal dislocation: what’s our perspective, as viewers? Have we dropped into a parallel universe in which the physical properties of time and space are suspended? Without a trace of human life, a sense of desolation emerges, yet the street arrow still points forward, and a sign advertises, “Space Available.”

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