Edition

Edition

An edition refers to a specific set of prints or artworks that are produced at a certain time or for a particular event.

Each piece in an edition is usually numbered and may be signed by the artist, which adds to its value and collectibility. The size of the edition—how many pieces are produced—can also influence the value of each individual piece. Editions are common in the art world, allowing artists to reach a broader audience while maintaining the integrity and value of their work.

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What is an edition?

At Avant Arte, limited edition artworks are our bread and butter. As with many good things, they come wrapped in jargon. Read on for a quick fix summary of everything you need to know to start collecting.

What is an edition?
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The art of tarot: meet the artists shaping the future of divination

The humble yet powerful tarot card has inspired artists for centuries. Today, tarot is more popular than ever, so we take a look at its long history and the creatives celebrating it now. Along the way, we speak to two of our favourite artists and tarot creators, Claire Yurika Davis and Marcella Kroll.

The art of tarot: meet the artists shaping the future of divination
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Ai Weiwei: Decoded

A guide to the symbols at play in a divine self portrait by Ai Weiwei.

Ai Weiwei: Decoded
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Cai Guo-Qiang: Snow Lotus

Explosive serenity is the paradox at play in a new collaboration with Cai Guo-Qiang. Hear his reflections on reflections, and discover the printmaking processes involved in transforming one of his gunpowder paintings into a limited edition print.

Cai Guo-Qiang: Snow Lotus
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Bridging the gap: how 50 years of hip-hop has changed the artworld

This is the story all about how hip-hop and art have propelled each other to global domination. From graffiti on the streets of the Bronx to record breaking auction results, hip-hop giants continue to make waves in the artworld.

Bridging the gap: how 50 years of hip-hop has changed the artworld
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Norman Rosenthal on Anish Kapoor: Out of the Dark

Norman Rosenthal, guiding force behind the artist's first silkscreen print, reflects on his relationship with artworks by Anish Kapoor – shiny, dirty and sublime – since they first crossed paths in 1978.

Norman Rosenthal on Anish Kapoor: Out of the Dark
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Framing Inspiration

So you found the perfect artwork. Now what? From classic to creative framing, with room for magic comes room for mistakes. We took five prints to a framing studio in East London to explore the possibilities on offer for the contemporary collector. Here's what we found out.

Framing Inspiration
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What is Generative Art?

Humans have been experimenting with generative art for centuries, but Web 3.0 technology such as NFTs and smart contracts has unlocked new possibilities. Here’s what you need to know about the movement that’s shaking up the art world.

What is Generative Art?
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What is silkscreen printing?

An expert printmaker takes a break from crafting world class editions at Make-Ready to guide us through the fundamentals, foibles and speculative future of screen printing and serigraphy.

What is silkscreen printing?
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Inside Gemma Rolls-Bentley's Collection

For Gemma Rolls-Bentley, collecting begins with understanding your own values and what you represent. As a curator and creative consultant, this is how she approaches her own collection as well as those she builds for others – guided by the idea that art should hold real meaning for those who spend time with it. The art that fills her South London home is a reflection of the queer family she is creating with her wife, poet and dementia specialist, Danielle Wilde.

Inside Gemma Rolls-Bentley's Collection
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Gregory Crewdson: 25 years of Twilight

On the 25th anniversary of landmark series Twilight, revisit Gregory Crewdson's supernatural vision of suburbia and collect a trio of limited edition photographic prints.

Gregory Crewdson: 25 years of Twilight
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Inside INSA's Collection

INSA is a self-described Graffiti Fetishist. Over his 15 year career, the anonymous artist has added his signature black and pink throw-up to walls, clothing and more recently NFTs. He’s also amassed an enviable art collection featuring works by legends like Murakami and ROIDS. His 'hunter-collector mindset' doesn’t stop at art, he spoke to Avant Arte about his 452 Gundam Robots, 2000 nudie lighters and the rocks that cover his house.

Inside INSA's Collection
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JR: Miniature Giants

Installations by JR are some of the most viewed artworks in the world. Ahead of our first collaboration, we visited the legendary photographer in Paris to talk about scale, scaffolding, the ever-growing ambition of his public projects and why he wants to stay naïve forever.

JR: Miniature Giants
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Living with LUV

LY arrives in London to showcase new horizons in the world of LUV. Discover the pop-up, plus new opportunities to collect.

Living with LUV
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Sensory Inspiration

The origin story for a new collaboration with New York legend José Parlá got us thinking about some of the unexpected places where artists find their art.

Sensory Inspiration
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Ai Weiwei: Printing Power

Go behind the scenes at Make-Ready in London as Ai Weiwei reflects on the profundities of printmaking, and its lineage within his practice.

Ai Weiwei: Printing Power
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And the Oscar for Best Movie Poster goes to…

We speak with Hollywood’s favourite poster artist James Jean about art, film and a new category for the Academy Awards.

And the Oscar for Best Movie Poster goes to…
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Ayako Rokkaku: Painting in Public

A distinctive live painting event by Ayako Rokkaku in London, showcasing her spontaneous artistic process, and offering a timed print edition of the crafted artwork to attendees.

Ayako Rokkaku: Painting in Public
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Sarah Zucker

Sarah Zucker (she/they/he) was born in 1985 in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. She now lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

Sarah Zucker
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Kotao Tomozawa

Kotao Tomozawa (she/her) was born in 1999 in Bordeaux, France. She now lives, works and studies in Japan as a Graduate student at Tokyo university of the arts.

Kotao Tomozawa
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Love Ripples

A small act of kindness spreads amongst a mirrored community in Love Ripples.Digital artist Deekay’s plethora of nostalgic characters find themselves in the physical realm for the first time in a mirrored print edition. A warm glow emanates from a central source of love, creating a domino effect of positive energy, rippling throughout the group. Embodying his artistic ambitions to spread joy across the world, the mirror allows anyone who engages with the artwork to look inwards and reflect on their own loving community.“I intended for people to see themselves when observing the characters and recognize their own capacity to both give and receive love.”

Love Ripples
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Minority Rules

A rabbit serves as a mirror for complex human emotions in a print by Benrei Huang.First seen in 2008, Nini is a recurring character in Huang’s work. The white rabbit has taken on a life of his own in surreal, pastel-hued vistas. In Minority Rules, Nini stands apart from a crowd of green bunnies. Whether Nini is comfortable in his solitude or has been ostracised by the warren is left open to interpretation. As her practice has evolved, Huang has stopped explaining her paintings – “a lot of my viewers have projected their own life experiences into my works, a vivid reflection of their life and on-the-spot emotions.” An edition of archival pigment prints on etching paper maintain the soft storybook feel of the reference artwork. The delicate rendering is at once universally accessible and deeply personal to Huang’s life and practice.

Minority Rules
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Guardian

Self-satire meets storied symbolism in a sparkling silkscreen print by Ai Weiwei.In Chinese tradition, a Door God is placed at an entrance or threshold to protect those inside from harm. By casting himself as this totemic figure, Weiwei acknowledges his standing in global consciousness, draws parallels with his life as an artist, and attempts to resolve the two.Familiar motifs nod to the negative influences that Weiwei, in divine form, might ward off – from censorship and propaganda to corruption and surveillance. Red, meanwhile, promises good fortune for the year ahead.To create the edition, printers at Make-Ready developed a new technique designed to echo a ceramic tile or cast concrete in silkscreen form. Bespoke gold ink ‘overloaded’ with metallic pigment and glitter is applied to the paper as a solid layer, then veiled by a layer of vibrant red to reveal an intricate illustration in negative space.

Guardian
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Park Ave

An enchanting vision of Manhattan at dusk from the world of Laura El.Illustrations by Laura El draw inspiration from the familiar streets of New York City. If they feel lifted from a storybook, they might be. El is also an author.Park Ave bathes a brownstone streetscape in the warm glow of sunset. Leaves tumble gently as a figure strolls past with their dog. Drawn in 20,000 strokes across 200 layers, El’s digital illustration has been transformed carefully into a limited edition print with phosphorescent details and glossy varnish highlights.“It’s an outwardly peaceful morning walk, but there's an undeniable New York City rush hidden within it. The windows, reflecting light during the day and glowing in the darkness, add a dynamic quality that I've never found in any of my physical artworks before.”

Park Ave
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Inner Love

Internal and external reflections coalesce in a print by Tomás Sánchez.Cuban artist Tomás Sánchez paints surreal visions of utopia in mind-bending detail. The artworks embody his commitment to preserving what remains of the wilderness, and a personal relationship with meditation spanning five decades.Inner Love places its cross-legged subject on a mirage-like island, mirrored perfectly in the water that surrounds it. As with many of the artist's landscapes, the scene is inspired by verdant forests and tranquil rivers close to his studio in Costa Rica. For Sánchez, the artwork provides space for a moment of self-reflection."I believe that Inner Love is a painting that can transmit to others the same peace that it transmits to me and, today, it is invaluable to receive a bit of peace."The edition transforms a larger painting into a fine-tuned UV pigment print complete with a silkscreen varnish seal. Printmakers paid particular attention to fidelity and colouration, both of which are integral to Sánchez’ work, throughout the process.

Inner Love
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Digital Chemicals

Glitch art pioneer Dawnia Darkstone casts an illusion of mixed media in her debut print edition.The blooms of colour within Digital Chemicals are achieved by a ‘chemical bending’ process. This method entails applying potent chemicals onto layered magazines, leaving the inks to amalgamate into chemical striations. The motifs form a base of an AI model, which Darkstone has trained to build upon the intricate patterns. The print edition showcases the technical prowess of her process, with Digital Chemicals highlighting a synthetic green and yellow output. These colours are translated into a silkscreened glow-in-the-dark ink layer against a polychromatic palette.Each print is paired with an animated NFT of the same artwork. Claiming instructions will be shared with collectors after launch.

Digital Chemicals
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Death Carrier Bunny

Tropes collide in a print on metal by Robert Nava. Death Carrier Bunny, as its title suggests, brings together saccharine and morbid archetypes to absurd effect. Skulls adorn the back of a bright white rabbit surrounded by swathes of blood-like drips. Cartoonish yet gestural, and laced with art historical irreverence, the painting is emblematic of Nava’s monster-filled oeuvre – uninhibited by specificity.For an edition of 35 prints the painting has been transposed to aluminium sheets, lending an industrial sheen to the surface of the artwork, and finished with flashes of white gold leaf. Intentional tarnishing of the exposed metal makes every print unique.

Death Carrier Bunny
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Out of the Dark

Anish Kapoor opens an ultramarine fissure with his first silkscreen print.While painting has become a central focus for Kapoor over the last decade, drawing has been an integral part of his practice from the very beginning – offering a tactile counterpart to his more seamless sculptures.Out of the Dark immerses the viewer in a mountain-like form that opens into a deep blue cavernous void. The print is based on a gouache work from 2016, taken from a group of drawings which evoke ‘sites of origin’ as mounds, mountains and voids in deeply saturated colours.The artist has described blue as “a colour that reveals darkness in a deep and mysterious way.” It was used by Kapoor in his earliest explorations of the void as a sculptural form. Like the dichotomy between his sculptures and paintings, it exists in balance with its perceived opposite. While red calls to mind blood and bodies, blue is transcendent and empty. Earthly, yet cosmic. Working closely with Kapoor, printmakers at Make-Ready in London paid close attention to chromatic accuracy. Spot colours including pure ultramarine were added to a CMYK separation to maximise depth and intensity in a 24 layer silkscreen print.“I am thrilled to share my first silkscreen print and to collaborate with Avant Arte on this new edition, and look forward to participating in a project that takes artwork to a wider audience.”

Out of the Dark
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Twilight Triptych

With Twilight, a series of 40 elaborately-staged photographs taken between 1998 and 2002, Gregory Crewdson arrived at the epic, filmic approach which has come to define his instantly recognisable images. 25 years on, three images from the series have been reprised as limited edition prints – available to order individually or as a triptych with a 10% discount.Twilight explores liminal moments in small town America. Everyday settings become paranormal as night draws and bizarre details arise. Intentionally ambiguous, each photograph resembles a climatic film noir still while eluding any concrete plot, place or character.

Twilight Triptych
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Untitled [Man in Car with Shed]

With Twilight, a series of 40 elaborately-staged photographs taken between 1998 and 2002, Gregory Crewdson arrived at the epic, filmic approach which has come to define his instantly recognisable images.25 years on, three images from the series have been reprised as limited edition prints – available to order individually or as a triptych with a 10% discount.Twilight explores liminal moments in small town America. Everyday settings become paranormal as night draws and bizarre details arise. Intentionally ambiguous, each photograph resembles a climatic film noir still while eluding any concrete plot, place or character.The first print sets a car – driver dazed, door and boot wide open – in the middle of a quiet residential street. An eerie glow emanates from a shed surrounded by bushes. Lit, curtainless windows suggest onlookers, even if none can be seen.“I’m revisiting this picture on the 25th Anniversary of Twilight because, as my first street scene of this kind, it has become very important in my iconography and visual language. Its significance in the context of my larger body of work is very striking in retrospect.”

Untitled [Man in Car with Shed]
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Untitled [Circle on Window]

With Twilight, a series of 40 elaborately-staged photographs taken between 1998 and 2002, Gregory Crewdson arrived at the epic, filmic approach which has come to define his instantly recognisable images.25 years on, three images from the series have been reprised as limited edition prints – available to order individually or as a triptych with a 10% discount.Twilight explores liminal moments in small town America. Everyday settings become paranormal as night draws and bizarre details arise. Intentionally ambiguous, each photograph resembles a climatic film noir still while eluding any concrete plot, place or character.In the second print, a woman gazes out to the street from a drab and empty living room. She shares the space with minimal furnishings including a lamp – still wrapped in cellophane – and an ominous black hook. On the window hovers a perfect circle, drawn in dust."Perfect circles have been an ongoing motif. They have a certain visual quality that works well in pictures, but I also like them in terms of what they signify in our lives and the ways we think. The woman in this picture has drawn a circle on the window that separates her interior space from a larger world that she peers out toward."

Untitled [Circle on Window]
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Untitled [Ray of Light]

With Twilight, a series of 40 elaborately-staged photographs taken between 1998 and 2002, Gregory Crewdson arrived at the epic, filmic approach which has come to define his instantly recognisable images.25 years on, three images from the series have been reprised as limited edition prints – available to order individually or as a triptych with a 10% discount.Twilight explores liminal moments in small town America. Everyday settings become paranormal as night draws and bizarre details arise. Intentionally ambiguous, each photograph resembles a climatic film noir still while eluding any concrete plot, place or character.In the final print, a narrow beam of light invades an otherwise-innocuous corner. The spot where it lands – home to a wooden signpost and a broken fence – wriggles beneath its newfound significance.“I like the way that something as simple as a ray of light can change a landscape from ordinary to mysterious or uncanny. Light becomes a narrative code. Here, the ray of light offers a sense of something larger than us – expansive, or transcendent. There are moths in the picture, which are a motif that runs through my work. In this case, I took real moths that I photographed for a previous series and composited them into the light.”

Untitled [Ray of Light]
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Rainbow Bridge

Christian Rex van Minnen probes the thresholds of reality with his second time-limited print.Rainbow Bridge is based on the artist’s new series of trompe l’œil portal paintings, first exhibited in his solo exhibition La Luz Atrapada at Veta Galeria in November 2023. The catalyst? A question posed by his son – “Dad, why don’t you paint something beautiful today?” While the series marks a new direction for van Minnen's practice, the amalgamation of influences contained in his hyperreal marble niches and bubbling still life bouquets are consistent. Before painting the series he studied the compositions of Dutch Master Ambrosius Bosschaert, breaking them down to create his own formula.The title refers to a theory describing the connection between our inner selves and different levels of consciousness. Van Minnen's interpretation consists of 3 essential elements: an open-stone niche, the sky and a still life arrangement – symbolising the self, the heavens and phenomena of the eye.The edition will be printed at Make-Ready in London after the 24 hour launch window ends and edition size is confirmed. Each will be finished with a matte silkscreen seal, while spot highlights in gloss varnish bring the gummies to life.

Rainbow Bridge
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Chromie Squiggle #8107

Snowfro's debut Art Blocks series is venerated in print.Chromie Squiggle #8107 celebrates the ‘Ribbed’ trait of Snowfro’s Chromie Squiggle series. A personal favourite of the artist, the trait symbolises layers of the human mindset. The black ribbed layer shrouds the rainbow layer, inferring how a layer of guardedness can often prevent our inherent joy from fully radiating.The print process of the edition replicates how each Chromie Squiggle is digitally arranged. Each of the 10,000 digital squiggles were created with a standard full spectrum rainbow layer, adorned with a trait on top. Here, the rainbow layer is masked by black ribs which are applied with a silkscreen layer.With the artist taking no profit from the project, Snowfro hopes the print edition will allow the broadest possible audience to enjoy Chromie Squiggles with a high quality physical representation.The exact edition size will be determined by the number of prints ordered in the 7 day release window. When this window ends, artworks will be printed and shipped worldwide free of charge.

Chromie Squiggle #8107
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Untitled

Neon-hued esoterica from the mind of Barry McGee.Our first collaboration with Barry McGee is a greatest hits style montage of his life in San Francisco. From disgruntled looking Everyman heads – an allegory for the city’s ‘invisible’ homeless population – to acronyms for the graffiti crews he tags with, the untitled print rewards those familiar with the artist’s expansive and experimental practice. Improvised abstract geometries fill the gaps, providing “areas to rest the eye” and loading the print with McGee's distinct aesthetic code.Used iteratively across his paintings and installations, once-specific symbols take on looser meanings. Letters become “mantras of some sort” and floating heads “placeholders or punctuation.” Finished with fluorescent pink silkscreen details and a layer of matte varnish, the edition will be printed post-launch at Make-Ready in London.

Untitled
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Warothy

Alpha Centauri Kid immerses viewers in a wave of movement in a Warhol-inspired lenticular.Warothy translates the artist’s otherworldly digital creations into a lenticular print edition – a physical manifestation of his renowned glitch art. The edition makes use of recurring motifs from ACK’s practice – bolts, flames, a single abstracted figure or muse. In this instance, that muse is Wizard of Oz protagonist, Dorothy. Elements are layered haphazardly on top of one another, resulting in a graphic portrait reminiscent of a Dada collage, with colours akin to an Andy Warhol design. The viewer is invited to directly engage with the piece, becoming an active participant in the various illusions offered by Warothy.Each print is paired with an animated NFT of the same artwork. Claiming instructions will be shared with collectors after launch.

Warothy
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Perfect All Alone Ironic

Tomokazu Matsuyama reflects on the paradoxical pleasures of solitude.In Perfect All Alone Ironic, wisteria, lilies and irises surround a contemplative lone figure. To create the edition, Matsuyama worked closely with printmakers to introduce new layers of detail to an already-intricate painting. Floral motifs traced in silver echo the lavish textiles that enshroud his lakeside subject, while snow-like spots add depth and – in contrast with verdant foliage – a sense of seasonal surrealism.Characteristic of the artist’s original paintings, an irregular outer edge adds a final stroke of arbitrariness. Prints arrive float-mounted in bespoke white frames, contoured to match.

Perfect All Alone Ironic
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Tubie Series

Taylor Lee channels the spirit of summer in a series of petite Raku ceramics.The Tubie Series comprises eight unique sculptures portraying swimmers peacefully afloat, created as part of Lee’s ongoing Strong Women series. The body of work delves into themes of female strength, resilience and triumph over adversity. Each piece is sculpted and glazed by hand, introducing a rich variety of colour, tone and texture. The Raku technique is rooted in Japanese tradition; involving a firing process then immersing the work in combustible material with unexpected results.Please note that works from the edition will be randomly assigned.

Tubie Series
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TORO!

Draped in crimson, Bony Ramirez entwines girl and beast.TORO! explores the impact of colonisation in Ramirez’s homeland, the Dominican Republic, in an edition of hand-finished prints. In place of a toreador, a child lounges with the bull, existing in harmony – unsettling the narrative of the native savage and the civilised coloniser. The two are framed against a pointelle backdrop in the style of wallpaper Ramirez pastes into his original works, in traditionally European patterns. Both bodies, animal and human, are warped into anatomical impossibilities. Ramirez takes stylistic inspiration from artists such as Francis Bacon and Picasso, while the positioning of figures calls to mind Manet’s famous Olympia (1863). Each silkscreen print has been uniquely hand-finished by the artist with different faces, hair styles and accessories.

TORO!
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Ruki-chan (Black)

Kotao’ Tomozawa's interrogations of the uncanny continue in an edition of sculptural slime dolls.Ruki-chan appears as if picked up by an ankle, Achilles-style, and dipped head-first into a pool of slime. A recurring character in Kotao’s practice, Ruki-chan is based on her childhood doll – a companion who played a part in her early experiments with slime. The bronze sculpture is covered in a layer of urethane paint, contrasting a black gloss coating reflecting the hyperreal shine of slime. Absurd, intriguing and yet elegantly-minimal, Ruki-chan continues the artist’s mediations on senses and texture.

Ruki-chan (Black)
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Ruki-chan (Red)

Kotao’ Tomozawa's interrogations of the uncanny continue in an edition of sculptural slime dolls.Ruki-chan appears as if picked up by an ankle, Achilles-style, and dipped head-first into a pool of red slime. A recurring character in Kotao’s practice, Ruki-chan is based on her childhood doll – a companion who played a part in her early experiments with slime. The bronze sculpture is covered in a layer of urethane paint, contrasting a red gloss coating reflecting the hyperreal shine of slime. Absurd, intriguing and yet elegantly-minimal, Ruki-chan continues the artist’s mediations on senses and texture.

Ruki-chan (Red)

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