Bystander

2012 ArtPrize Entry
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My work based on social phenomena "Bystander Effect" . Countless things that happen quietly in our society are cases of bystander effect that make select individuals into outcasts. Thinking how I can become a social outcast due to the distant indifferent bystanders, I find this a serious problem that can’t be overlooked in silence. This work traces individuals becoming an outcast in a society, and how the majority or the society overlooks the individual outcast in silence. Departing from previous materials or working approach, I made small figures for this work. Taking two different postures, the figures either have their arms crossed, or have hands tied behind their back. The two postures symbolize bystanders, hiding their hands and saying “I have no hands to help you” and “I have nothing to do with you.”

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 1/2 inch per figure
  • Medium: Mixed Media
  • Width: 1 inch per figure
  • Year created: 2011
  • Height: 8 inch per figure

Venue & Connection Information

"Bystander" work by June Lee is installation of bunch of small figures. I need low pedestol to install this peice. Please place the pedestole down and put the figures randomly which make the viewers can see everything at one glace. The figures are like small 8 inch dolls. Like architectural models that present the whole overview of the buildings, I made miniature models of people to demonstrate in one view, the majority being indifferent to an individual social outcast. Rather than using fabric, I decided to use thread, wrapping each of the bystanders with different color thread. The patterns in which they are wrapped are all different, signifying the individuality of the figures.

Venue Considerations
  • Special Lighting needed: No
  • Internet needed: No
  • Indoor Space needed: Yes
  • Outdoor Space needed: No
  • Audio/Video needed: No
  • Electrical needed: No

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