06 October—21 December
My creations with thread are reflections of my own feelings. A thread can be a cut, a knot or a loop, or can be loose or sometimes tangled. A thread to me is an analogy for feelings or human relationships.
For her inaugural solo exhibition at Anna Schwartz Gallery, internationally acclaimed artist Chiharu Shiota will create a new body of work unfolding across the entire space of the gallery.
Shiota is best known for her largescale installations and sculptures that explore the complex relationships between body and mind. Her work evokes memories: a house, a piano, suitcases, keys… objects suspended in time and space by a web of three-dimensional lines.
Chiharu Shiota, born in 1972 in Osaka, Japan, lives and works in Berlin, Germany. Chiharu Shiota installations use striking red thread, which serve to connect the self to the outside world, our memory with experience, reality with imagination. Shiota’s work engages directly with the body, inviting the viewer to enter and become one with the artwork.
Shiota represented Japan at the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015, presenting The Key in the Hand in the Japanese Pavilion, and the installation is now permanently exhibited at Detached, Hobart.
THU 06—SUN 23 OCTOBER, FREE
SUN 09 OCTOBER from 11AM, FREE
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IMAGE | Sunhi Mang
IMAGE ON HOMEPAGE | Chiharu Shiota, Absent Bodies, 2016. Installation view: Anna Schwartz Gallery, exhibition current until 5 November 2016. Image courtesy of the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery. Photo: Zan Wimberley.