Shifting Consciousness with Chiharu Shiota

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"The Locked Room" 2016, KAAT Kanagawa Arts Theater, Yokohama, Japan, photo by Masanobu Nishino “The Locked Room” 2016, KAAT Kanagawa Arts Theater, Yokohama, Japan, photo by Masanobu Nishino

‘A sleepy mystery intertwined with beauty’, is how I like to think of Chiharu Shiota’s intricate large-scale installation pieces exploring the relationship between body and mind. Her work feels like being let into remnants of someone else’s dreams.

She tethers her memories to objects with lengths of tangled, crisscrossing black threads, securing them in a physical realm. Here we are offered the questions, the quandaries of an woman who dreams herself in and out of reality without ever really leaving the suspension of time.

It’s rare to see Shiota’s installations come towards the U.S., although (claps) her 2017 exhibition calendar has a solo show booked for Feb 21 2017 – Aug 6 at the SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, GA / U.S.A.

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Conscious Sleep, Venue: Cockatoo Island, 22th Biennale of Sydney, photo by Paul Green

Conscious Sleep, Venue: Cockatoo Island, 22th Biennale of Sydney, photo by Paul Green

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“When I dream, I feel the dream as reality. I can’t distinguish between dream and reality. When I wake up, I have the feeling I’m still dreaming.” -Chiharu Shiota

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I found a pretty amazing time lapse of “After the Dream” being installed at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery during the ‘Lost in Lace’ exhibition in London back in 2011.

Erin M Riley’s ‘Crimson Landslide’ @ Space 1026

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Artist, Erin M Riley’s weaved portraits of Selfies are generally a window into a newer expression of female identity – grappling with issues on how women perceive themselves and how we want others to see us.  Her new solo show Crimson Landslide at Philadelphia Gallery, Space 1026 definitely shows off the continued mastery of her craft – the detailing on her pieces always becoming more complex. Though Crimson’s imagery might make some uncomfortable, peering into a more personal dialogue on the habits, objects of regimen, necessities and stresses of women’s everyday lives – it’s a truer sense of the things we can’t control via our smartphone cameras.

 

Crimson Landslide / February 7th – 21st, 2014

Space 1026
1026 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA

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Check out our past article on Erin Riley.