Red Millennial Apple: The Rough and The Smooth Image (2017-2019)
Red Millennial Apple: The Rough and The Smooth Image is Wu's MFA Thesis exhibition consisting of artworks that experiment with both smooth and rough aesthetics, using the medium of collage, sculpture, animation, and installation. Wu’s thesis questions if the ingenuity of image-making submits to default automation under the framework of capitalist production. The digital image becomes the smooth image with pleasing visuals, but the lack of context. Using Google Alert with keywords such as “red,” “millennial,” and “apple,” Wu collects an abundance of digital images as his primary material. These images are further modified in post-production software to create unstable compositions by intervening the algorithmic selections. As the smooth image gradually loses its clarity with each rendition, it gains the resistance and roughness necessary to turn the superficial experience into one that invites the viewer to linger, contemplating what they see.