Chiharu Shiota

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Chiharu Shiota State of Being 2012, black wool, double bass and violin, installation view, Photography: Mark Coulson, © Chiharu Shiota

I’m very very fond of the art of installation.  Japanese born, Berlin based artist Chiharu Shiota is responsible for this latest offering at TarraWarrra Museum of Art.  Titled State of Being, it has transformed the Vista Walk at TWMA into an avenue of  memories- as if the sounds of the double bass and the antique violin entwined in its spider web of black thread, linger in the space.  I was reminded of the Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5 with all its intricate weaving of sounds.  Such is the enveloping power of this work that each viewer will be drawn into its web and experience it in their own unique way. 

If you would like to learn more about this extraordinary artist, a trawl around the www offers gems of information regarding Shiota’s work. Designboom has great pics and info.  La Maison Rouge, Paris, where Shiota exhibited in 2011, offers a short documentary.  There is an interesting podcast with an interview of Shiota and the curator of her installation titled Memory of Books, James Putnam here.  Closer to home in Tasmania, information about her installation for MONA FOMA 2011 titled In Silence can be found here.  Haunch of Venison (London) also has pics and info from her installation there in 2010.  

Treat yourself to the experience of State of Being at TarraWarra Museum of Art before 27th May 2012.

I’m sure it’s no accident that the main gallery at TWMA will be filled with the sounds of the Australian Chamber Orchestra this coming weekend. It’s a perfect marriage with Chiharu Shiota’s installation. Alas, the performances are all booked out but there are still seats available for Richard Tognetti’s master class on Sunday morning.

Along with this installation, TWMA opened three exhibitions last Saturday. TWMA curator Anthony Fitzpatrick ably guided me through each of the exhibits today. My head is still buzzing with the excitement of it all. I’ve decided to show you the exhibitions separately over the next few days… to make the experience last and last.

My sincere thanks to Eliza Ordinans and Anthony Fitzpatrick for their assistance with this post.