Milk Tree Society

Koji Ryui

Exhibition Dates
11 April - 10 May 2005

Milk Tree Society is an installation based on organic architectural construction. The methodologies and materials used are simple, low-tech and almost child like, yet attempt to achieve an effective optical result. 

Overview

Milk Tree Society is an installation based on organic architectural construction. The methodologies and materials used are simple, low-tech and almost child like, yet attempt to achieve an effective optical result. The work consists of a few different structures and components, which at the end form one piece.

 

Milk Tree Society may reflect the system of the society that we live in, exploring the playful nature of relationships among different structures, which creates one macrocosm.

 

The piece juxtaposes figurative and non-figurative. It incorporates molecular, atomic like structure, which is evocative of microcosmic world.

 

Ryui is interested in primitive art and mythology. Inspiration for this project comes from a type of tree, which exudes a white substance, like milk. This tree to some indigenous cultures (a tribal culture from Zambia as an example) represents the tie between mother and son.

Koji Ryui, 'Milk Tree Society', installation view, Artspace, Sydney.

Koji Ryui, 'Milk Tree Society', detail, Artspace, Sydney.