13,138 days. 13,138 die. One die for every day he lived. Frederick McSwain remembers his friend Tobias Wong as, "one of the funniest people who ever lived. Every day with him was a monumental occasion. He had this big presence. There was something about the way he saw the world, the way he reacted was like the butterfly effect."
In his tribute piece for the upcoming BrokenOff BrokenOff exhibition, McSwain chose to create a composite portrait of Wong using dice. Core77 was there for the installation at Gallery R'Pure and we're excited to unveil the final piece today.
Full screen is highly recommended, if not outright necessary:
McSwain explains:The idea of a die itself was appropriate—the randomness of life. It felt like [a medium] he would use. Because [Tobias] was a very street-level force, I thought it was appropriate [to install] the portrait on the floor. Its not something I wanted to suspend on the wall; I wanted it to be right there on the floor where you almost interact with it.
The idea of every decision you make and everything you've done in your life, defines who you are. All of those days symbolically makes up the image of Tobi.
BrokenOff BrokenOff will be open to the public May 14 - 17, 2011 at Gallery R'Pure, 3 East 19th Street, NYC.