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.

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The Loch Doon area was memorialized in celebrated Scottish poet, Robert Burns piece “Ye banks and braes O’ bonnie Doon”

Ye banks and braes o’ bonny Doon,
How can ye bloom sae fresh and fair?
How can ye chant, ye little birds,
And I sae weary fu’ o’ care?
Thou’lt break my heart, thou warbling bird,
That wantons thro’ the flowering thorn:
Thou minds me o’ departed joys,
Departed, never to return.

Aft hae I rov’d by bonnie Doon,
To see the rose and woodbine twine;
And ilka bird sang o’ its love,
And fondly sae did I o’ mine.
Wi’ lightsome heart I pu’d a rose,
Fu’ sweet upon its thorny tree;
And my fause lover stole my rose,
But, ah! he left the thorn wi’ me.

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