Humans have long visualized abstract concepts such as religion and law using writing systems. We make amulets for the purpose of praying for the happiness of individuals and groups, or fortunetelling, and sometimes record human wishes with text, including the interpretation of the operation of the universe. Such a behavior has been handed down from ancient times to the present in similar patterns. It is a fundamental human desire to avoid fear about invisible beings and phenomena as well as ill luck and to pray for blessings. “A Sacred Tree” deals with the wishes and beliefs of artists who have shown unique visual expressions. This part highlights the balance of life and an attitude to wish for it (Dohee Kwon), the wisdom from tradition and experience (Zhao Liu), the symbol of good luck based on personal experience (Studio Bergini), our destiny that embraces both joy and sadness (Anthony Lam), the return to the most basic attitude (Atelier Tout va Bien), words to bear in mind (Mano An), the balance between destiny and desire (O.OO), a mind that calmly contemplates life while observing the world (Hwayoung Lee), amulets for confirming one’s beliefs (Ikki Kobayashi), and criticism of culture (Tnop Wangsillapakun). These artists’ thoughts and emotions are installed like traditional five-colored ribbons hanging from a sacred tree just as in Korean villages for centuries. We hope viewers will find their wishes captured in the works and enjoy them together.
Taipei-based design studio O.OO is formed by two graphic designers. They are dedicated to create designs that are more experimental with the use of Risograph printing technology. Over the past three years, their works were selected as Excellent Work by TDC New York and Tokyo. Especially, Imperfection Booklets was also voted as the Top 25 Graphic Design of 2016 in It’s Nice That. In addition to graphic design and Risograph printing, O.OO will create new works and projects from time to time to influence and inspire the design circle in the near future.
Between Palms & Desires: Fates
In life, people always pray for luck and happiness to happen to themselves, and even hope to spy on the future and avoid disasters. In East Asia, there is a knowledge called palmprint visualization. People can know fate in advance by reading palmprints, so the hands are like a book full of words, telling a person’s life. However, how should we balance our desires in a given destiny?
- Pigment print
- 2200 × 1200 mm
1. A Sacred Tree
- Ikki Kobayashi Against the Evil Spirits
- Dohee Kwon 333
- Zhao Liu 06
- Studio Bergini Tiramisu
- Anthony Lam Labyrinth of Fate
- Atelier Tout va Bien Tribute to Josef
- Mano An Hangeul Mesh
- O.OO Between Palms & Desires: Fates
- Hwayoung Lee From a Mouse Under a Tree to a Pig Under the Clouds
- Tnop Wangsillapakun The Dead Godfather Shrine
- Greatminor CTC (Circle To Circle)
Jaemin Lee, Eerang Park, Hyojoon Jo