|photo by Sunhi Mang|
The Japanese performance and installation artist Chiharu Shiota has been commissioned to create an "ambitious, immersive installation" for the whole of the Towner's second floor gallery space. I am very excited about this exhibition as the photos I have seen of Shiota's work elsewhere are fantastic and haunting. There's a great article in this quarter's CQ magazine and I've been reading up as much as I can online as well. The Towner says "You will be able to walk around the installation and inside it, entering a dense other-wordly labyrinth woven from black yarn – woollen cocoons which arose from the artist’s desire to ‘draw in the air’ and represent physical anxieties she has personally experienced."
Chiharu Shiota was born in Osaka in 1972 and now lives and works in Berlin. She has studied in Japan, Australia and Germany and has exhibited her art all over the world for the past thirteen years. Several exhibition catalogues have been published in the last few years and there are some for sale on Amazon.co.uk, albeit at very 'ambitious' prices! I'm hoping the Towner will have their own souvenir catalogue for sale in their shop during the exhibition.
Towner Gallery, 11th Oct 2013 to Sun 5th Jan 2014.