I Ching Rings Q1

Archival Pigment Print on Paper Epson / Aquarelle Watercolor Paper

Edition: 2/8 + 2 AP

20″ x 20″

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This print is from a series of prints based on the “I Ching,” the millenary system also known as “The Book of Changes.” The most common presentation of the “I Ching” is in a chart containing 64 hexagrams. The project was inspired by the use of the “I Ching” in art and music as pioneered by American composer John Cage. For this work, Antonio interpreted each hexagram chromatically, and assigned pure color to the eight trigram elements that give birth to the hexagrams. He reassembled the “I Ching” chart with concentric circles that symbolize that change is the only constant in the universe. Antonio is a multimedia artist known for developing the series “Mathematical Formulations in the Service of Art” and “The 3 Dimensional I Ching.” In these bodies of works, Cortez explores geometries from abstract mathematical functions and analyzes their intersection with art. His work often involves conceptual installations, animation, photography, video, and new media arts. Since 2010, Antonio has exhibited in the Bay Area in conceptual exhibitions such as Prints Byte, Keeping an Eye in Surveillance, Left to Chance, and The Future Imagined (part of the ZERO 1 Biennial) to name a few. Cortez’s 3D I Ching Chart was referenced by San Francisco Chronicle’s art critic Kenneth Baker in his 2012 review “John Cage’s influence explored in Get Lucky”. Mr. Baker wrote: “In composing music and making or staging visual art, Cage frequently used the “I Ching,” the traditional Chinese divination system, as a means to give randomness to decisions. Several pieces here make explicit reference to it, notably a work by Antonio Cortez in both static and digital display. By adept use of design software, Cortez translated the 64 two-dimensional hexagrams of the “I Ching” into colorful 3-D models, referencing, as Cage typically did not, the hexagrams’ metaphorical associations.”



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