A Twisted Apple Store

Many don’t think it’s possible, much less practical, to fuse modern technology with an exotic blend of humor and creativity. That’s why Fueled invited artist Evan Yee to install his renowned “The App Store” right here in the Fueled Collective. Yee converted one of our meeting rooms into a twisted, dystopian Apple Store like you’ve never seen before. The Exhibit is open to the public, come stop by. The Fueled Collective is located on 568 Broadway, on the 11th floor of the Prince Street building.

Fallen Cloud Waiting is an unavoidable part of life. Computers are no exception in contributing to delay. They freeze our monitors and clog it with junk. One popular example is the Mac. In a stroke of brilliance, Yee took this simple color concept and from it forged two real life adaptations of Mac’s dreaded icon, which he coined the “Spinning Pinwheel of Death” to mock the Mac’s superiority. One hangs right above the receptionist’s head while the other is mounted on a table in the middle of the Fueled Collective’s waiting area. Yee explains that the mechanism behind his works of art are actually quite simple: there is one encompassing source of lighting behind the cover that gives the gives the flush of colors its life. Spinning blades continuously rotate in front of it like propellers in an engine, giving users the final impression that the icon is alive and running.

iPhossil This showcase features a pillar in the shape of very narrow, elongated rectangular prism that stands like a starved edifice. It may appear very skinny, but its content is anything but starved or frail. The structure is segmented into numerous layers of dirt and other bare elements of nature, like an archeological dig site. In the middle of it all is an iPhone cased in plastic resin. Yee explained that all the layers of the art beneath the iPhone could be perceived as that which came before mobile and the layers above the iPhone as the future of cellular technology. When I asked Yee what the scope of history/magnitude of timeline the artwork encompassed, he replied that it’s up to the viewer’s imagination, that it can just as easily represent the millions of years before and after the iPhone as it can convey the days, weeks, or months surrounding its release. The iPhone is preserved in resin to symbolize the acuteness and delicacy of the present that we are immersed in.

Replica A QR code by itself isn’t all that aesthetically pleasing, it’s the functionality that counts. But what if a QR code’s function was to show you something beautiful? This QR painting does just that. Simply prepare your mobile device for a QR scan, lock its camera onto the portrait, and poof! If you’ve followed procedures correctly, your mobile will automatically take you to the Google image search results for a work of art. Yee explained that instead of showcasing an actual drawing within frame borders, a Google image search would be much more liberating.

Carrier There are many methods through which art can combine archaic customs with present day routine and manual efforts with technological efficiency. A pigeon perched on top of a drone is a perfect example of both. Yee elaborated that centuries ago the means of communication between people were very limited and using pigeons as messengers was not uncommon. On the other hand, people now have access to drones, and not just for communication but rather for leisure. People used have to train a bird and tie a note with their message on it to give voice to thought. The original subject is composed of sticks and twine but later cast in solid bronze. Moreover, the drone features mechanized propellers that are always spinning so long as the structure has power. Yee said that he wanted to create a piece of art that brings past and present together, to see just exactly how far we have gotten and all the beautiful time that has passed in between.

Skype Some people have a knack for certain logos. Apple might beckon you to take a bite. Taco Bell might get you chiming in. What Yee has done here is taken the entirety of the Skype logo and magnified it for viewers. Come over and take a look at the sea of light blue that can be interpreted as a vast stretch of beautiful ocean or a single “S” cloud puff in the open blue skies on a sunny day.

iFlip There was one point in time when the hourglass was the standard way of telling time. You can hold this item in the palm of your hands as if it were an actual iPhone. Yee goes on to say the iFlip is actually an accurate reflection of how mobile dependent human civilization has become. We accumulate hours upon hours on the phone, so much that we might be wasting our own lives away. However, instead of forging a representation of decay, Yee takes a subtler stance by crafting an hourglass inside of an iPhone as an active reminder for those holding it that precious time that is slipping away from them by the second. He also showed me that if you take a closer look, you’ll notice that the material inside the hourglass are chips of metal. That’s right. The “sand” that rests within the artwork is the resulting debris of a ground up iPhone itself. Ouch! That must’ve hurt the blender.

iSimilate From ID cards to dollar bills, we make duplicates of everything. So why not iPhones? This item is a mimic of the phones we fumble for every day. When I asked Yee why he created such a model, he told me that we spend too much time on our phones and went on to imply that it was detrimental to our well-being. He goes on to say that if we only had a soap bar as a duplicate, we might be better off. He went to work on it, but didn’t make anything useful for showering. The artwork exhibits an iPhone frozen in its home screen. It’ll make you long for your iPhone immediately, and probably fumble for it in your pocket. Come over and see if you can toggle beyond the iSimilate home screen. Good luck