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Art Basel Hong Kong 2019: Encounters - Chiharu Shiota

In this site-specific work, boats from around the world and of all sizes figuratively sail across the space. Made of black metal hulls and white plasticized cotton, they seem as if they are pencil-drawn. They hang from the ceiling floating upwards as if departing from the bottom of the sea to create a sky of clouds. Chiharu Shiota explains, ‘The boats may be seen from different angles, thus becoming invisible or visible, hollow or full, light or opaque. Floating upwards they share a common course to an unknown destination. The white color symbolizes purity and calm but also evokes blankness, the void. I see this piece as a metaphor: we cling to the idea of destiny to accept uncertainty; we ride the sea of time in search of a destination. Boats are the bearers of dreams and hope.’

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Artist

Chiharu Shiota

Date

Mar 27 - Mar 31, 2019

Location

Art Basel, Hong Kong

Contact

www.artbasel.com

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Installation view of Art Basel Hong Kong 2019: Encounters - Chiharu Shiota

Art Basel, Hong Kong

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Installation view of Art Basel Hong Kong 2019: Encounters - Chiharu Shiota

Art Basel, Hong Kong

Artists

Chiharu Shiota