Published in conjunction with the exhibition Chiharu Shiota : memory of books at the Haunch of Venison, June 2-September 10, 2011.
Text by Mami Kataoka; interview of artist by James Putnam.
Includes bibliographical citations.
Chiharu Shiota (born 1972 in Osaka) wraps talking things, such as a burned-out piano, into spider-like cocoons of black yarn, shadow and dark. The tradition and grace of calligraphy also flashes delicately. The work and artist oscillate between Far Eastern spirituality and Western existentialism. Traces and memories of places and things are artistic sources as well as the relentless examination of life in the sense of European artist generations around Marina Abramovic. Here and there truth reveals itself through experience and interpersonal exchange of ideas. The body becomes a medium, also for art. Or their personal fate emerges as a departure from pictorial black towards kinetic sculpture. Pumps chase red through a clinical-looking hose. The network metaphor includes spider web, network of relationships, neural linkage and blood circulation. (Exhibition: Haunch of Venison, Venice Biennale June August 2011).
Text in English and Japanese.