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Title

Smiley face

2014


Artist

Koji Ryui

Australia

1976 -


About

Koji Ryui's practice is based upon the subtle and sustained transformation of commonplace materials. Working intuitively, Ryui invests these humble things with an almost mystical quality, sometimes underscored by wry humour. In this cluster of five assemblages, Ryui's minimal gestures open out an array of associations between the banal and mystical, inert and animate, micro and macro. In 'Mother', for instance, an upturned pot capped with Spakfilla and resting on an old stool evokes the snowy peak of Mt Mehru, considered to be the centre of the universe in Buddhist and Hindu cosmology. 'Cloud' plays in a more abstract fashion on the elemental and allusive properties of found items, while 'Ceramic' brings small talismanic objects from the natural world into dialogue with moulded packaging, investing the consumer cast-offs with anthropomorphic stature. Both 'Smiling' and 'Smiley face' invoke the pervasive pop-culture icon of the "smiley face" through unlikely means, a bucket and a strand of tinsel respectively.


Details


Date

2014


Media category

Sculpture


Materials used

tinsel, steel


Dimensions

115.0 x 60.0 x 45.0 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Gift of Clinton Bradley 2016. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program


Location

Not on display


Accession number

348.2016


Artist information

Koji Ryui

Works in the collection

5


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Georgina Cole., Koji Ryui: Soft landing, 'Koji Ryui: Soft landing', Paddington, 2014, not paginated. press release