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Installation in Jakarta in Alila SCBD Hotel

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The installation at the Alila SCBD hotel in Jakarta is completed at long last. Comprising over 30 pieces of tessellated “kites”, the artwork transforms the bare walls and ceiling into a spatial textile.  The bird, butterfly and bat motifs are auspicious symbols in Asia, and are graphically inspired by traditional Batik, one of the beautiful heritage textile traditions of Indonesia.

Both wall and ceiling mounted, the artworks are made on a gold aluminium panel, which is supported off a plywood armature. The pieces range from 80cm to 400cm in size.

Based on a five-fold scaleable tiling developed by the artist, the motifs appear across the designs – each butterfly, bat or bird contains the other bats butterflies and birds, and each scale of the creature contains the other scales. This “one in many, many in one”, and “everything is in everything” is an interesting concept to the artist. The various elements are scaled within each creature by the golden ratio, and the different sized elements relate to each other in size by the golden ratio. This relationship means that even in a small butterfly, it contains some of the same sized elements as the large butterfly.

From a perception point of view, this is interesting in that from a distance or close up, the same information and detail is available.

Bats, Birds and Butterflies is an artwork that is designed as a system. It can be scaled up or scaled down,  both in number of pieces – from a single piece in a small room – to a huge installation using very large versions of the motifs.

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From 16th June to 14th July 2019, this exhibition in Taipei is at the Artland Gallery and Book shop. It features a selection of works from the Strange Creatures and Emergent Nets series, as well as a rug from the partnership with WOHAbeing and The Rug Maker.

The book shop will also have a selection of WOHA books, as well as the limited edition, collectable Strange Creatures: Complex Tessellations. This numbered and signed edition, Series II. It comprises 88 copies and includes a loose print Frog Star IV, which is also numbered and signed. You can see a detail of this print in the invitation picture above.

The artist will be giving a talk at the gallery on the 14th July, we hope to see you there!

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