CHiKA’s project GO02 comprises a series of five virtual sculptures arrayed across Manhattan at some of the city’s liveliest sites: Times Square, the High Line, the 9/11 Memorial, Columbus Park in Chinatown, and Tompkins Square Park. From a bird’s-eye view, an astute observer would see that these five locations are the five points of a star, the center of which is NowHere, the heart of this exhibition. By traveling to each of the locations and utilizing your smartphone, you can see the sculptures via either QR code or Instagram filter. In this way, CHiKA adds a layer of ephemeral vibrancy to the city and encourages us to experience each location in the uncanny space between real and virtual. And now, as we emerge from a year in lockdown, is a uniquely opportune time to explore the world with fresh eyes.
CHiKA’s goal is to reveal the latent meanings that arbitrate humanity’s rules of structure. She finds inspiration in one of the most foundational of such systems—the Five Elements of Chinese philosophy and medicine: wood, fire, earth, metal, and water. CHiKA then links each element to one of the five Platonic solids—the fundamental shapes of the tetrahedron, cube, octahedron, icosahedron, and dodecahedron, which have been a source of fascination for thinkers, mathematicians, and artists since Ancient Greece.
Free entry, no appointment required.