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Essay

Japan

IDENTITY COMPLEX

Shin Myeong-eun deconstructs the dog

Yukiko Shikata

SHIN MYEONG-EUN, Pooooodle, 1997, installation, SCAI the Bathhouse, Tokyo, with the assistance of CPC Nicker Color Company. Photograph Koichi Hayakawa.

Objects of the same shape, reminiscent of a poodle, are placed in a symmetrical arrangement, radiating out from the centre of the gallery. Each poodle is painted a different colour and their shapes are abstracted, constructed from differently sized spheres. The same forms are repeated on either side of the space as if they were to be multiplied endlessly. On the walls

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