Mr. Palomar avoids and reduces to a minimum his association with his similars; he grows accustomed to making his mind a blank, expelling all indiscreet presences; he observes the sky on starry nights; he reads books on astronomy; he becomes familiar with the notion of sidereal spaces until this becomes a permanent piece in his mental furniture. Then he tries to make his thoughts retain simultaneously the nearest things and the farthest: when he lights his pipe he is intent on the flame of the match that at his next puff should allow itself to be drawn to the bottom of the bowl, initiating the slow transformation of shreds of tobacco into embers; but this attention must not make him forget even for a moment the explosion of a supernova taking place in the Large Magellanic Cloud at this same instant (that is to say, a few million years ago). The idea that everything in the universe is connected and corresponds never leaves him: a variation in the brightness of the Crab nebula or the condensation of a globular mass in Andromeda cannot help having some influence of the functioning of his record player or on the freshness of the watercress leaves in his salad bowl.
– Italo Calvino
• Shi Zhiying’s series Palomar interprets the vision of Calvino’s Mr. Palomar, an ordinary man who looks at the world with an expansive, and unwittingly humorous, lens. She paints in black and white to allow viewers more space for imagining color. Her Universe looks real, and yet the stars are just smudges of paint.
• Kusu’s Stacking Rings are a set of two matte and one oxidized sterling silver rings.
• Monika’s Scarf combines two silk chiffon layers in grey and navy.
• Yuriko Sakai’s Room of Kappa is a tunnel of yarn, but only if you’re sitting in the designated chair and looking up.