Conceived as the visual manifestation of an inner process which aims to abolish rational thought, in 108’s carpet the irrationality of the black stains prevails on the colorful rational part, reduced to small components which enter the shadow and are almost absorbed by it.
The artist adapts and alters the lexicon of geometry to depict what lies beyond the visible. In this case, giving space to transcendent impulses is an attempt to achieve freedom from the subordination to external reality, and in particular to reconcile one’s own duality and release its most instinctive part, at least in the sphere of the intangible.
It’s a random and impulsive process which, like everything that concerns 108’s artistic practice, can be assimilated to an intensely intimate ritual. And it’s the natural outcome of this process that the black eventually prevails: after all, painting black is a way of painting plenitude and, at the same time, emptiness.
As to better convey the alternation between irrationality and rationality, his rug features a play on different pile heights and bright spots made of bamboo silk which stand out from the black wool.