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Casting the Invisible

This is artist Yasuaki Onishi’s latest installation work, Reverse of Volume RG, at the Rice Gallery in Houston. Onishi draped a plastic sheet over a series of cardboard boxes and structures and then hot glue strands onto the sheet in order to retain the shape of the structure as a negative space imprint. As Onishi writes:

    At first glance, standing in the center of the gallery’s foyer, it appears to be a suspended, glowing mass whose exact depth is difficult to perceive. Upon entering the gallery and walking along the left or the right side, the installation transforms into an airy opening that can be entered. Almost like stepping into an inner sanctum or cave-like chamber, the semi- translucent plastic sheeting and wispy strands of hot glue envelop the viewer in a fragile, tent-like enclosure speckled with inky black marks. Visitors can walk in and out of the contemplative space, observing how the simplest qualities of light, shape, and line change.

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Soo Sunny Park'’s installation, Unwoven Light, animates Rice Gallery'’s expansive space, transforming it into a shimmering world of light, shadow, and brilliant color. Suspended from the walls and ceiling, thirty-seven individually sculpted units are arranged as a graceful, twisting flow of abstract form.

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Rice Gallery- Houston Texas, Rip Curl Canyon (2006), designed by Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues

Using 4000 sheets of cut cardboard, Ball- Nouges filled an exhibition room with a surging interactive landscape.  The installation tied in with the current exhibition “The Modern West: American Landscapes, 1890-1950”, and inspiration from American topography of canyons and rock formations can be seen.

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Joel Shapiro “New Installation” will be on view at the Rice Gallery in Houston, Texas through March 18th.