(written by Joy Zhu under the pseudonym diuleuze, this fictional dialogue is fabricated as response to Mark Chung’s solo exhibition “Dead End” at Foo Tak Building, Feb 19 to Mar 27, 2022)
Collector: You call it the illusional pain of your phantom limbs, but I think Agnes Martin would call it chaotic summer – the disrupted surface of a pool.
Mark: Her pool in summer doesn’t have light. It is not rippled by movement. Perhaps it is a pool at dawn when the sun rays haven’t hit.
Collector: In the Birth of Art, Bataille once said: “Greece also gives us the impression of a miracle, but the light that emanates from Greece is the light of broad day: dawn’s early light is less certain, less distinct, but during a stormy season, morning light is the most dazzling of all.”
Mark: My delusions only occur in intense daylight, or in the waning light of the dusk.
Collector: Is the light from the intense daylight or waning dusk?
Mark: none but the result of a decompression of the two-dimensional surface into three – now the surface of the aluminum reflects the LED from the panels, as if breaking the boundaries between day and night.
Collector: there is something intriguing in the idea in which liquid becomes hardened to glass.
Mark: Glass and water have similar wave impedance. They are both electrical bodies that impede light from entering through refraction.
Collector: the luminosity of the bodies of glass and water owes only to the fact that neither of them absorb light, leaving the light waves in limbo. I have always been told that the UV rays inside the water are stronger, but now I suddenly realized that the level of sunlight is only akin to the amount one receives inside an office building. You only get burnt when you are near the surface, or when you stand amidst a matrix of glass buildings.
Mark: But the light of my reflection is never allowed to enter the body of the image. You can only see a complete image of the piece when you look at it sideways.
(translated by Chris Wan & Joy Zhu)