Collaboration with Liz Quan
porcelain, rubber, recycled asphalt shingles
9ft x 6ft
Akin was part of the PINKPROGRESSION at the Mc Nichols Building: COALESCE, as a part of “Dearly Disillusioned”, a boundary-pushing show to start off the new year.
In Dearly Disillusioned, Pink Progression: Coalesce incorporates a fusion of narratives through collaborative artwork. The exhibit coinciding with the centennial of women’s suffrage and the third annual Woman’s March. In this exhibit, four local collectives come together with unique and compelling perspectives on gender identity, protest, and equality.
elegant — crude
clouded — refined
polished — coarse
porcelain — asphalt shingles
Liz Quan and Sabin Aell, both artists and designers, combine their dynamic, tactile forms into Akin, composed of porcelain, recycled asphalt shingles, and rubber. Porcelain is the symbol of purity and the elite. Asphalt shingles are a dirty industrial building material. Beyond the immediate visual differences, both consist of materials sourced from the earth. Porcelain is primarily kaolin. Asphalt is from natural deposits formed from microscopic algae and other once-living things.
By extolling the particularities, Quan and Aell unearth a new creation. Not giving into bias and prejudice, they equalize the playing field. Unexpected observations broaden our scope of what can exist. While shaping energetic clouds, they bring forward a new story and narrative for the future.