Japanese artist Rie Oishi, a graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, seeks to generate abstraction relating to what she calls “the precarious transitions between signifier and signified, the word and the ‘thing,’ experience and narrative, idea and object.

This hushed and luminous installation combined helium-filled balloons – evoking the floating “conversation bubbles” of a comic strip and functioning as metaphors for language – with other elusive phenomena, such as video projections of shadows cast by rain.

The exhibition was organized by the Frist Art Museum.

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