The titles of two love songs are fabricated in neon, their shared grammar ‘tell me’ is illuminated constantly, while the two other words ‘don’t’ on the left and ‘everything’ on the right are programmed with alternating on/off transformers. Thereby illuminating one title at a time — ‘don’t tell me’ and then, ‘tell me everything’. The constant contradiction of all or nothing forms a friction that offers no in-between. Similar to the prevailing either/or themes of broken hearts or everlasting love that dominates the pop industry.
two love songs, 2008
white neon, alternating circuit device, 5" h × 56" w