Brian Dailey

Times Square Advertising Coalition, Art Production Fund, Stephan Stoyanov Gallery

The brilliant colors of Brian Dailey's Jikai created a vibrant environment in Times Square for the month of February, 21014. In Jikai, Dailey depicted a moth fluttering about a light bulb against a background transitioning from scarlet to violet. The film referenced Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice: "Thus hath the candle singed the moth," as a commentary on how people are irresistibly and dangerously attracted to something they know could lead to their downfall. Dailey has dedicated Jikai to Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa, whose seminal work insightfully comments on contemporary issues of people and society.

"Metaphors are often a more powerful form to communicate the challenges and issues facing a society." -- Brian Dailey

Photographs by Ka-Man Tse for @TSqArts.

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