Arthur Ou is a Taiwanese-born artist who characterizes photography as one of the industrializing processes in modernity in his installation for the 2006 Taipei Biennial. In the center of the installation is a fabricated fireplace (designed by architect Marcel Breuer) with modernist urns and vases. Copies of the fireplace can be found in suburban homes. The non-functioning fireplace give the room an “eerie” feel.
He then pairs this with neutral photos of observed and assembled objects such as a cabinet with fancy china that contrasts Eastern exports.
His work is hitting on how digital photography has changed commercial industries and the way we use photography professionally and personally. Digital photography’s dissemination is quick and easy, much like the rest of modern industrialism.