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Plato's Carriage of Soul
2014
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HSI Shih-Pin
Plato's Carriage of Soul
2014
stainless-steel , baking varnish , wood
330 x 550 x 200 cm
Plato's Carriage of Soul
2014
stainless-steel , baking varnish , wood
330 x 550 x 200 cm
Plato's Carriage of Soul
2014
stainless-steel , baking varnish , wood
330 x 550 x 200 cm
Plato's Carriage of Soul
2014
stainless-steel , baking varnish , wood
330 x 550 x 200 cm
Plato's Carriage of Soul
2014
stainless-steel , baking varnish , wood
330 x 550 x 200 cm
Plato's Carriage of Soul
2014
stainless-steel , baking varnish , wood
330 x 550 x 200 cm
Plato's Carriage of Soul
2014
stainless-steel , baking varnish , wood
330 x 550 x 200 cm
Plato's Carriage of Soul
2014
stainless-steel , baking varnish , wood
330 x 550 x 200 cm
Plato's Carriage of Soul
2014
stainless-steel , baking varnish , wood
330 x 550 x 200 cm
Plato's Carriage of Soul
2014
stainless-steel , baking varnish , wood
330 x 550 x 200 cm
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In his dialogue Phaedrus, Plato compares the souls of gods and men, both immortal, to chariots pulled by two horses each. While both horses of a god are good, a man's soul is pulled by a good horse and a bad one. Zeus leads a procession of gods' and fairies' chariots, each pulled by two flying horses, to the pinnacle of heaven: their colorless, shapeless and intangible dwelling place. On the contrary, all men are impeded by the uncontrollable ups and downs of a bad horse that plunge them into a worrisome chaos. Eventually, men's souls fall to earth because of the broken wings; it takes a 10,000-year process of reincarnation for the wings to grow back and take them to where they started.

In the past few years, my art has expanded from horses to include other common mythical animals, but only to ultimately return back to the horse. This art series overlaps images of different animals with the horse, seeking to create an ideal that I have been searching for. The artwork deconstructs and simplifies sculptural forms into planes, going from three-dimensional to two-dimensional. The two-dimensional shapes are then overlapped with different materials to return back to being three-dimensional, creating a spatial impression. Extending from my 2012 artwork Scale Model: Ashivins, Plato's Carriage of Soul focuses on the same subject matter originating from the concept of the soul being a carriage pulled by two horses mentioned by Greek philosopher Plato in Phaedrus, as the good or evil of the soul is dictated by whether the carriage is controlled with logic or allowed to run wild due to out of control desires. This dichotomy is interpreted by Plato as a state of being, and the situation is sometimes elevating and sometimes descending. It is a cycle with two horses pulling on each other with their bodies. As for choice, the soul of man differs from the absolute state of the gods. The good and the bad exist at the same time, and dwell together in the obstacle-paved mortal world.

ARTISTS
30 artworks / 14 exhibition
Installation Art , Sculpture
Born in 1977 in Taipei, Taiwan, Hsi Shih-Pin received an MFA degree of Plastic Arts from Taipei National University of the Arts (TNUA). He specializes in sculpture and installation of mixed media. The variety of Hsi’s works shows in the combinatio ...
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HSI Shih-Pin, 2013, Installation Art , Sculpture
HSI Shih-Pin, 2012, Installation Art , Sculpture
HSI Shih-Pin, 2012, Painting
HSI Shih-Pin, 2012, Painting
HSI Shih-Pin, 2014, Installation Art , Sculpture
HSI Shih-Pin, 2014, Installation Art
HSI Shih-Pin, 2010, Installation Art
HSI Shih-Pin, 2012, Installation Art , Sculpture
HSI Shih-Pin, 2014, Installation Art , Sculpture
HSI Shih-Pin, 2011, Installation Art , Sculpture
HSI Shih-Pin, 2013, Installation Art , Sculpture
HSI Shih-Pin, 2011, Installation Art , Sculpture
HSI Shih-Pin, 2014, Installation Art
HSI Shih-Pin, 2012, Painting
HSI Shih-Pin, 2013, Installation Art