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    An artistic/social experiment in rewriting established associations with a commonplace object.
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Powers of Association is more of a social experiment than a fully realized work. Due to the unique nature of our graduate program's critique space, I was able isolate two seperate sets of drawings for the participants to view as he or she walked to the downstairs. I wanted to find out to what extent I can alter the viewer's perception by manipulating the association of an object using a contrived series of drawings. I set up a certain amount of expectation by carefully removing the chair from each drawing in a literal and dimensional way. Once the viewer assesses the drawings, he or she is then confronted with nothing more than a solitary chair and the images he or she was exposed to. I chose this particular chair as it was less likely to hold much previous historical context.

The resulting critique was very animated as the participants discovered that there were two different perspectives of the chair through the drawing's influence. Many felt that there were not enough drawings to override previous associations, or that the drawing set with chldren lacked to visual power to create a lasting impression. Ultimately, a number of the partipants later reported seeing a similar chair on campus, only to have the contrived association return and affect his or her viewer of the chair. 
 
Powers of Association
Charcoal drawings on foamcore, chemically stripped and sanded wood chair.
2011