Think Evolution #1 Kiku-ishi (Ammonite)

Think Evolution #1 Kiku-ishi (Ammonite)

November 1 – December 15, 2018

@CONTACT Gallery (80 Spadina Avenue #205 Toronto, ON M5V 2J4)

Aki Inomata’s Think Evolution #1 Kiku-ishi (Ammonite) proposes new perspectives on the evolutional lives of octopi as seen through the transparency of a digitally scanned and printed shell. In the piece, an octopus enters the shell, feels it inside and out with its tentacles, before finally curling up inside it. Shot from above, the rippling water of the tank provides a subtle distortion to the image while the grains of and scattered against the black backdrop produce the illusion of deep space. The transparency of the shell allows us to gaze at the octopus’s ability to recognize the shell as a congenial enough shape to decide to fit its body into it. Aki’s gift to the octopus allows it to restage an earlier phase of the species’ evolutionary history and to momentarily reconnect with its ancestries. details >