Installation: “Uncertain Journey”,Berlin by Chiharu Shiota and Blain Southern

Artist weaving intricate networks of blood yarn,creating a complex network as neural connections of human body, evoking visitors to think existential questions.

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“前路未知的旅程”,是艺术家Chiharu Shiota与Blain|Southern第一次合作的展览项目,Chiharu Shiota为柏林展馆设计了一个全新的因地制宜并具有纪念意义的装置。这次展览距离她上一次在家乡的展出已有八年的时间。

“Uncertain Journey”, for Chiharu Shiota first exhibition with Blain|Southern, Chiharu Shiota will create a new site-specific monumental installation in the Berlin gallery, eight years after she last exhibited in her home city.

▼ 身临其境的装置设计,immersive installations

Chiharu Shiota, Uncertain Journey, 2016, Installation view, Courtesy the artist and BlainSouthern, Photo Sunhi Mang

Chiharu Shiota, Uncertain Journey, 2016, Installation view, Courtesy the artist and BlainSouthern, Photo Sunhi Mang (12)

Shiota主要以她身临其境的装置设计而闻名,例如她在2015年威尼斯双年展上代表日本展出的装置:手中的钥匙。她编织了精妙复杂的网状纱线,创造出来如同飞机飞翔在半空中的视觉效果。“前路未知的旅程“装置是一整片密集的红色纱线编织网,充满了整个展厅的中庭,看起来像是从屋顶蔓延到船型骨架和地面上。血红色的纱线纽带具有象征意义,艺术家以此暗示了人身体内部和大脑复杂的神经脉络。编织网络结束于展厅的顶棚,船的胴体激发了人们去思考存在,命运以及归属的意义,也唤起了人们如同缠绕的纱线网络一般复杂的想法。

Shiota is primarily known for her immersive installations, such as The Key in the Hand, with which she represented Japan at the Venice Biennale in 2015. Weaving intricate networks of yarn, the artist creates new visual planes as if she were painting in mid-air. The installation Uncertain Journey fills the gallery’s vast central atrium with dense webs of red yarn – seemingly growing from above, reaching down towards the skeletal hulls of boats which rest on the gallery floor below. The colour of blood, the nexus of yarn is laden with symbolism, for the artist it alludes to the interior of the body and the complex network of neural connections in the brain. Enclosed by the canopy overhead, the boat carcasses raise existential questions of fate and belonging, evoking ideas that can be as complex as the tangled yarn itself.

Chiharu Shiota, Uncertain Journey, 2016, Installation view, Courtesy the artist and BlainSouthern, Photo Christian Glaeser

Chiharu Shiota, Uncertain Journey, 2016, Installation view, Courtesy the artist and BlainSouthern, Photo Christian Glaeser

展厅的二楼夹层可以俯瞰装置,只需要向上爬几节台阶就能从装置带来的纠缠心理感受中释放出来。在这一层的长展厅中,全新的二维纤维编织物进一步探索了主展厅装置所表达的想法。Shiota很早就开始接受绘画教育,但只学习了在画布上绘制油画,在后期的过程中她不断的探索推动绘画的媒体介质。一开始她将自己的身体也视为表达想法的一部分,随后运用了纤维作为概念表达的主要媒介,这不仅解放了她的身体,又能继续表达她作品的核心思想。

The gallery’s second floor mezzanine offers an alternative perspective, a bird’s eye view, several steps removed from the psychological weight of the entanglement below. On this floor in the Long Gallery, new two dimensional thread-on-canvas works further explore the ideas used in the main space. Shiota studied painting early in her education but restricted by the use of canvas and paint, she proceeded to push against the definitions of the medium. At first using her own body in performance pieces, she later began to use thread as a mode for formal and conceptual expression; it allowed her to remove her physical presence yet still address the corporeal ideas that are central to her practice.

Chiharu Shiota, Uncertain Journey, 2016, Installation view, Courtesy the artist and BlainSouthern, Photo Christian Glaeser

Chiharu Shiota, Uncertain Journey, 2016, Installation view, Courtesy the artist and BlainSouthern, Photo Christian Glaeser

她对空间,物体,材料和尺度的探索持续运用到了一系列新作品中,她将纱线,纤维和物体编织在同一副画框内,让人联想到缩小比例的建筑或者娃娃房子。Shiota被委任为一系列歌剧和戏剧作品的艺术指导。 这包括与基尔剧院合作的几出戏剧作品,其中最引人注目的当属“冬天的故事”和“Wagner’s Siegfried”这两部来自莎士比亚的戏剧,将于2016年10月和2017年三月相继上映。

Her explorations of space, objects, material and scale continue with a series of new works where networks of yarn, thread and occasionally found objects, connect within frames reminiscent of scaled down buildings or doll’s houses. Shiota has been commissioned for set design and artistic direction for many opera and theatre productions. This includes several productions with Theater Kiel including forthcoming productions of Shakespeare’s, The Winter’s Tale in October 2016 and Wagner’s Siegfried in March 2017.

Chiharu Shiota, Uncertain Journey, 2016, Installation view, Courtesy the artist and BlainSouthern, Photo Sunhi Mang (10)

Photo: Christian Glaeser

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