Los Angeles-based artist Euan Macdonald produces a variety of unlikely circumstances to realize a series of “what ifs”. In his video, Three Trucks, ice cream vending trucks meet at a three-way intersection. As the trucks creep forward, each sounds its quintessential ice cream melody in an enchanting, if haphazard, harmony.
Los Angeles Artist Euan Macdonald plays on upending the everyday. What starts as a gently swaying hammock soon climaxes to an extreme defiance of gravity.
Euan Macdonald’s work captures quotidian life through a unique lens, reflecting unseen nuances of mundane activities. He uses video, drawing, and installation to develop evocative content out of ordinary subjects. YBCA commissioned a new work by Macdonald titled 9,000 PIECES; the result is an intriguing and thoughtful single-channel High Definition video shot at a musical instrument factory in Shanghai. The factory manufactures high quality pianos for export around the world. The video records the intricate mechanisms of a piano being vigorously tested by a machine designed to determine the endurance of pianos. As with some of Macdonald’s early videos, 9,000 PIECES subtly points to questions about the sustainability and speed of fast changing economies and globalized societies.