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Without a Shadow of a Dao

BY Irina Asriian | 04-Dec-2014
Without a shadow of a Dao explores the most basic of Dao (or Tao) principals that is the idea of Oneness, whereby all beings within the natural environment originally were one and understood each other through innate metaphysical bonds. Including works by George ANGELOVSKI, Gabrielle COURTENAY, Anna FAIRBANK, Stefan GEVERS, Mandy GUNN, Debbie HILL, Ted LINCOLN [USA], Nicholas MELLEFONT, Gordon MONRO, Ryan PONSFORD, Janita RYAN, James TAPSCOTT and Hana VASAK
Venue: Anita Traverso Gallery
Address: 7 Albert Street, Richmond VIC
Date: til 20 December 2014
Ticket: FREE
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HANA VASAK, "Formations" [2014] porcelain + rock 190 x 40 x 49cm
IMAGE: courtesy of the artist and Anita Traverso Gallery
Without a Shadow of Dao unites thirteen artists in an exploration of ancient Dao (or Tao) philosophies on the relationship between humans and Mother Nature. Starting from the most basic of Dao principals: the idea of Oneness, whereby all beings within the earth’s environment were originally one and understood each other through innate metaphysical bonds. Issues of global warming, extinction of animal life and the changing landscape of the environment which humans inhabit are considered from various conceptual points of view. In this exhibition artists investigate these notions by employing aspects of science and technology, traditional approaches to landscape, the role of the body within nature, and through considerations on the impact of urban growth. 

Without a Shadow of a Dao seeks to reconcile the chasm that humanity and ‘progress’ has created within the environment by touching, not only on that which is present in our daily news and conversations, but by also making an allowance for that which may exist outside our immediate physical perceptions. Knowingly or unknowingly we cannot help but consider the world we live in as beautiful, necessary and awe inspiring.