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Rumi Koshino
at Form/Space Atelier, Seattle, Washington
Recommendation by Adriana Grant

In an installation of paper pyramids Rumi Koshino makes aesthetic use of the eccentric qualities of Form/Space Atelier's floor and stairs.

Continuing through December 31, 2011

Rumi Koshino’s site-specific installation, Some Songs Have No Words, muses on the most salient features of Form/Space Atelier. Koshino’s paper pyramids echo the watery patterns of the gallery’s linoleum floor and its well-aged wooden steps.

Form/Space Atelier is an odd venue: it’s dominated by a central staircase that quickly descends to a small, dead-end landing. Koshino’s series of small paper sculptures are constructed from digital photographs of the 1960s-era flooring and the shabby stairs. Turquoise pyramids sit on the floor, echoing and blending into the pattern of the linoleum. Rows of pyramids trail up the stairs, and as they do their pattern and coloring changes to match the color and texture of the stairs themselves. This quiet, well conceived installation uses transparent technique and execution to highlight the unusual architecture of the gallery. Step carefully, however, as the pyramids are not fixed to the floor and they crowd the viewing area.

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