Chiharu Shiota at Art Gallery of South Australia
The Art Gallery of South Australia is giving over its 19th-century Melrose Wing to Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota and her installation, Absence Embodied (身体化したかたちの不在). Shiota will craft an intricate web from 180 kilometres of red wool.
Shiota is internationally renowned for her wool installations and rose to prominence after showing her work Key in Hand at the 2015 Venice Biennale. It featured 50,000 keys strung from an intricate warren of red wool spanning an entire room and involved several small boats caught in its web. It took Shiota one month to create.
Absence Embodied will sit alongside Embodied (身体化したかたち) as part of a new retrospective of Shiota’s practice. The first of its kind in Australia, it will encompass her 30-year career and feature drawings, photographs and videos of early performance pieces. It will also include State of Being (2015), a white dress entombed in a web of black thread.
Another work, Internal, will be draped on the facade of the building. It takes the form of three huge red dresses, each six metres long, hanging from the building’s neoclassical columns – an arresting and mysterious invitation to step inside.
Chiharu Shiota’s Absence Embodied installation is at the Art Galley of South Australia from August 24. Internal will be on the building’s facade until October 21, and the retrospective show Embodied will run until October 28. See more info and details.
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