2011-07-24 @ 09:48:48

Tatsuo Miyajima, HOTO, LED, electric wire, stainles steel, iron frame, h.549 x d.208 cm, 2008.

In Tatsuo Miyajima, Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust exhibition blingtastic and future, space galactic seem to be the right description. Each of his pieces employ different sets of tools to express the visceral nature of time and draw the viewer into the experience.

Tatsuo Miyajima, Mega Death

With its mysterious blue glow, Mega Death, forces us to confront a truly terrifying number: 167,000,000, the estimated number of lives lost to war, revolution, violent conflict and genocide in the 20th century. The transformation and glitter of the numbers symbolize “life” of man and the darkness of “zero” symbolizes “death”. In Buddhist philosophy, the life of man is interpreted as the repetition of “life” and “death”. In other words, “death” is not an end, but is similar to sleep as a preparation for the “next birth”.

Wang Shang, Genus Camelliris, H, Twins who never hold hands, Cultivation initiation date: 2009

Also on show were these fabulous glittering earrings. Wang Shang, although graduated from Goldsmiths College, his interests go beyond art. Fascinated by philosophy and science, Wang used his own knowledge and theories of this in order to create his exhibition Sleuthing. The artist describes his show like this, “those things you see with glittering, pearly skin are new plant species under development, and the structures that look like cultivation beds are actually the plants’ roots. They reach deep into the soil, absorbing life-sustaining minerals and nutrients. The future of these plants, of course, is also vital to the future of humanity”. He refers to the exhibition space as a plant known as
Lab No. 725, where his identity code is 07X351.


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