ALPHA | Trevor Waurechen
Everywhere we look in today’s world, we are bombarded by messages. Street signs, logos, advertisements, texts, emails. An endless stream of communication: important, insignificant, and everything in between. They are all demanding of our time. “Alpha” is no different. It demands of one’s time as much as any other stimuli confronting us throughout our days. Its messages may be necessary, or they may not be. Only through the commitment of time can one determine the importance of its messages, as it demands such in order to decipher and differentiate the multiple messages contained in its display.
Exhibited alongside “Arena”, this work presents a counterpoint to the sound installation. With “Arena” as a destination, and “Alpha” serving as a path, the two works combine in an unexpected yet natural juxtaposition. “Arena” is auditory in nature, yet presents a non-linguistic experience of sound, while “Alpha” presents a linguistic communication in a visual form, and also serves the more practical function of illuminating one’s journey to “Arena”. Therefore, “Alpha” silently speaks to its viewers, just as “Arena” vocalizes silence.