The exhibition title, Three Begat All Things, comes from the description of Yinyang in Tao Te Ching: the existence of the laws of Yinyang, the human understanding of these laws, and the physical manifestation of these laws. These three concepts come together to form 道Tao and produce all things.

The direct translation of Yinyang from Chinese to English is "Sun" and "Shadow", which is perfectly embodied within Sonny Cai's choice of medium. The series Three Begat All Things uses Cyanotype techniques creating a beautiful blue visual effect in accordance with the sun and its shadows.

In the natural world, all that seems opposite or contrary may be interdependent, interconnected, and complimentary. This phenomenon is the basis of Yinyang theory, the foundation of Taoist philosophy. Yinyang has three main characteristics: unification, opposition, and harmony. These three elements influence the long-standing themes of Sonny's creations. He invites the audience to partake in an introspective conversation about the nature of yin and yang present within all things.

Sonny Cai is a visual artist from Shanghai, China who has a BFA degree from the California College of the Arts (San Francisco) with a major in photography. His photographic work has been exhibited at SF Camerawork, The Midway art space, Isabelle Percy West Gallery and LP Art space. He uses visual art to explore philosophical concepts; creating physical manifestations of intangible things.


Black Chinese lettering reading 三生万物, on a ombre grid of blue tiles

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