A new installation by Chiharu Shiota A new installation by Chiharu Shiota
2F center colonnade art installation
In colonnade space located in the facility center, we display the latest installation << six ships >> by Aristrist, Chiharu Shiota.
Photo: Ken Kato
Six ships which become up to 5 meters in total length under the theme of << six ships >> blow through the center, and this work decorates space. Ship has been often used for work of Shiota as motif until now. While ship carries not only person and thing but also time, advance in either direction, "is anything with existence? What do you mean to live? We sympathize with question of Shiota who came in pursuit of what is going to leave for where for what. By new item art, six ships leave "the sea of memory" of Ginza that accomplished revival through after the war much difficulty and express state to advance. It will be to be able to enjoy imaginary trip visiting different dimension incidentally while looking at ship appearing and disappearing from each floor of GINZA SIX because six ships are located in different height and direction.
Photo: Ken Kato
Six ships made with iron frame, felt, material of rope are hung by innumerable white threads which you set up around the whole space and can enjoy state that it is seen by position and height of glance to appreciate, and changes into. In Ginza clogged up with modern Japanese history, it leaves "the sea of memory" of Ginza that continued developing each time through various difficulty and expresses state to advance.
[work name] << six ships >>
[size] 14 meters in total length X 8.5 meters in height
[display place] It blows through the 2F center
[display period] From Wednesday, February 27 to Sunday, October 27 plan
Aristrist, Chiharu Shiota message
Photo: Sunhi Mang
Not only we carry person and thing, but also ship progresses at time. We snuggle up to "you meaning what by living what existence is" and question "where are we going to go to for what?" that are theme of my work. The reason why we use ship for work for these past several years is that meaning that each has directionality and advances is included. Story of people is in Ginza in various memory. It revives at every earthquake disaster and air raid that attacked Ginza without several degrees, and Ginza that revived through much difficulty may be symbol of Japanese history. We could enter and walked around portfolio of work in bag on seeing art gallery of Ginza about 25 years ago whether private exhibition was not possible somehow here while worn-out. It was Ginza that only realized height of wall which we made work as artist and announced. We are glad in being able to announce work this time using colonnade of GINZA SIX very much.
Chiharu Shiota profile
1972, Osaka birth. We are resident in Berlin.
2008, winning the recommendation of art Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology rookie of the year title. Other than private exhibitions such as South Australia art museum (2018), Yorkshire sculpture park (2018), Smithsonian Museum Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (2014), Museum of Art, Kochi (2013), Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art (2012), the National Museum of Art (Osaka, 2008), it is participation for Sydney Biennale (2016), Kiev international contemporary art Biennale (2012), display including international exhibition including Yokohama Triennale (2001) until now with more than of 250 exhibition in world about 35 countries.
It is Representative Motodate on the 56th be nechia Biennale international art exhibition day in 2015. We are going to hold private exhibition becoming the largest in the past in Mori Art Museum in June, 2019.
Six Boats, a new installation by Chiharu Shiota, will be on display in the central atrium of GINZA SIX starting February 27, 2019.
Photo: Ken Kato
Six Boats is an installation of six five-meter-long boats held aloft in the central atrium space. Shiota has occasionally used boats as a motif in her works. As vessels moving forward, representing both the motion of time and the movement of people and objects, they resonate with Shiota’s preoccupations: “What does it mean to exist? What does it mean to be alive? What are we seeking? Where are we going?” This work depicts six boats setting sail on Ginza’s “sea of memories,” navigating postwar difficulties toward recovery. Each boat differs in height and orientation, leaving visitors free to enjoy a journey of the imagination into another dimension as they view hidden aspects from the different floors of GINZA SIX.
Photo: Ken Kato
Made of streel frames, felt, and rope, the six boats are suspended by countless white threads stretched all across the space. Viewers can enjoy the aspects of the installation that change with the height and perspective of specific vantage points. In a distillation of Japan’s modern history, the work depicts boats setting sail across a sea of memories, seeking to overcome challenges and achieve continuing progress in Ginza.
Title: Six Boats
Size: 14 × 8.5m
Location: central atrium
Exhibition dates: Wednesday, February 27, to Thursday, October 31 (tentative)
Message from the artist
Photo: Sunhi Mang
Boats not only carry people and items, but also time. They are linked to the themes of my works: “What is existence? What does it mean to be alive? What are we seeking? Where are we going?” Ihave used boats in recent years to embody the idea that each is moving forward on its own course. Ginza tells the stories of many people, in various memories. Ginza may symbolize the history of Japan: how it survived numerous challenges to achieve recovery, again and again, from earthquakes to air raids. Around 25 years ago, looking at the works in a Ginza art gallery, I put my own portfolio in my bag and walked around Ginza until I was exhausted. I hoped somehow to stage an individual exhibition of my art here. Ginza is where I first realized how high the barriers are to creating and presenting one’s own works as an artist. I’m glad to have this opportunity to exhibit my work here in the GINZA SIX.
Born 1972 in Osaka Prefecture, currently based in Berlin. In 2008, Shiota received the Art Encouragement Prize from the Japanese Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. In addition to solo exhibitions held across the world including Art Gallery of South Australia (2018), Yorkshire Sculpture Park (2018), Smithsonian Institution Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (2014), the Museum of Art, Kochi (2013), MIMOCA Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art (2012), and the National Museum of Art, Osaka (2008), she has participated in numerous international exhibitions such as the Biennale of Sydney (2016), the Kiev Biennale (2012), and the Yokohama Triennale (2001). In 2015, she represented Japan at the 56th Venice Biennale International Art Exhibition. Plans to hold her largest individual exhibition ever at the Mori Art Museum in June 2019.