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Adam Shiu-Yang Shaw vinegar stone and the language of flowers (2017) Installation view. Courtesy the artist + Towards Gallery, Toronto.
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Adam Shiu-Yang Shaw 'trickling on downwards from keys and stones' (2017) Installation view. Courtesy the artist + Towards Gallery, Toronto.
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Adam Shiu-Yang Shaw 'trickling on downwards from keys and stones' (2017) Detail view. Courtesy the artist + Towards Gallery, Toronto.
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Adam Shiu-Yang Shaw 'trickling on downwards from keys and stones' (2017) Detail view. Courtesy the artist + Towards Gallery, Toronto.
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Adam Shiu-Yang Shaw vinegar stone and the language of flowers (2017) Installation view. Courtesy the artist + Towards Gallery, Toronto.
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Adam Shiu-Yang Shaw 'snide sentry II' (2017) Installation view. Courtesy the artist + Towards Gallery, Toronto.
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Adam Shiu-Yang Shaw 'snide sentry II' (2017) Detail view. Courtesy the artist + Towards Gallery, Toronto.
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Adam Shiu-Yang Shaw vinegar stone and the language of flowers (2017) Installation view. Courtesy the artist + Towards Gallery, Toronto.
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Adam Shiu-Yang Shaw 'Hygieia + Hedera' (2017) Detail view. Courtesy the artist + Towards Gallery, Toronto.
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Adam Shiu-Yang Shaw 'Hygieia + Hedera' (2017) Detail view. Courtesy the artist + Towards Gallery, Toronto.
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Adam Shiu-Yang Shaw vinegar stone and the language of flowers (2017) Installation view. Courtesy the artist + Towards Gallery, Toronto.
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Adam Shiu-Yang Shaw vinegar stone and the language of flowers (2017) Installation view. Courtesy the artist + Towards Gallery, Toronto.
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Adam Shiu-Yang Shaw vinegar stone and the language of flowers (2017) Installation view. Courtesy the artist + Towards Gallery, Toronto.
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Adam Shiu-Yang Shaw 'Darstellungen aus der Industrie und des Verkehrs aus das Schwarzes Herz' (2017) Installation view. Courtesy the artist + Towards Gallery, Toronto.
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Adam Shiu-Yang Shaw vinegar stone and the language of flowers (2017) Installation view. Courtesy the artist + Towards Gallery, Toronto.
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Adam Shiu-Yang Shaw 'vinegar stone and the language of flowers' (2017) Installation view. Courtesy the artist + Towards Gallery, Toronto.
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Adam Shiu-Yang Shaw 'vinegar stone and the language of flowers' (2017) Installation view. Courtesy the artist + Towards Gallery, Toronto.
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Adam Shiu-Yang Shaw vinegar stone and the language of flowers (2017) Installation view. Courtesy the artist + Towards Gallery, Toronto.
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Adam Shiu-Yang Shaw 'oriel cells (correspondence impressions)' (2017) Installation view. Courtesy the artist + Towards Gallery, Toronto.
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Adam Shiu-Yang Shaw vinegar stone and the language of flowers (2017) Installation view. Courtesy the artist + Towards Gallery, Toronto.
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Adam Shiu-Yang Shaw vinegar stone and the language of flowers (2017) Installation view. Courtesy the artist + Towards Gallery, Toronto.
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Adam Shiu-Yang Shaw 'fickle capacities of the first trine' (2017) Installation view. Courtesy the artist + Towards Gallery, Toronto.
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Adam Shiu-Yang Shaw vinegar stone and the language of flowers (2017) Installation view. Courtesy the artist + Towards Gallery, Toronto.

Adam Shiu-Yang Shaw’s vinegar stone and the language of flowers feels the need to not need anything more at Towards Gallery

, 23 August 2017

Adam Shiu-Yang Shaw‘s solo exhibition vinegar stone and the language of flowers at Toronto’s Towards Gallery opened August 3 and is running to August 26.

Adam Shiu-Yang Shaw, vinegar stone and the language of flowers (2017). Exhibition view. Courtesy the artist + Towards Gallery, Toronto.

The Canadian-born, Berlin-based artist presents an installation using a number of materials, from corrugated plastic, reclaimed wood, sand and bamboo to snail shells, flowers and sink basins. Symbols, meanings, place and time converge to create a new meeting place.

The press release is a text written by Emma LaMorte, which is a letter exchange between two people who call each other ‘X.’ The feeling of separation and dreaming runs through the conversation, as they imagine another world that is in “the unknowing [and] in the uncertainty of life, the confusion of living”:

“So, I’ll see you in the tumble my friend, as we stumble onward. I’ll catch up with you as we float, blindly, weightlessly. Or I’ll run into you by chance, in a need. In a need for fluency. In a need for history. In a need to not need anything more.” **

Adam Shiu-Yang Shaw’s vinegar stone and the language of flowers solo exhibition is on at Toronto’s Towards Gallery, running August 3 to 26, 2017.