Judge’s Notebook 1: Mistero Hifeng

Mistero Hifeng expresses how transcending borders begins when each individual tries to understand the passions within conflict.

Review by Eleanor Medier, judge, for the UWA 3D Art Competition, Transcending Borders, in Judge’s Notebook.

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1- “I… io” by Mistero Hifeng

The best way to choose the best of anything is to study it, and then get away from it. I often sleep on the facts of what I have learned before writing about it. When visiting an exhibit, for example, I take it all in, and then get my mind on something else. The next day, without looking at notes or photos, I pause to recall. Whatever jumps into my memory first, whatever I find myself thinking about between thoughts, this is the strongest statement discovered.

Yet, when I left my first visit to the the UWA show, I even knew then, without my sleep-test, that the power of this sculpture spoke most to me. The chess board becomes a border to transcend. It is a battle zone! It is not clear whether the human figures are on opposing sides or the same side—which expresses the ambiguity of conflict. So often when conflict is analyzed, everyone wants and feels basically the same things. And most conflicts are of our own making, usually misunderstanding, yet can even erupt into violence.

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Mistero’s emotionally charged work does not rely on color nor contrast in the usual sense. The segments pull the viewer in and every closeup is rewarded with exquisite craftsmanship. Why I relate most to this piece in the show certainly speaks to my psychology as a judge, as I tend towards the existential. This piece makes me think about relationships, perceptions, deceptions, and the aloneness of the human condition. We influence each other, but we must take responsibility for our reactions, deceptions, and illusions, all alone.

To read of the criteria that I developed to judge this show, a comparison of my top ten choices, and comments about my choices versus what did win (from combining the votes of 25 judges), please see the in-world edition. Each medium—the SL interactive magazine and this online presentation, each compliment the other, though are different. They use their medium to advantage, and continue to evolve through experimental publishing. Hopefully, readers will read both. Enjoy! —Eleanor Medier, critic

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