Utako Shindo

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Distancing for Opening

Solo Exhibition / 16 April - 10 May, 2014 /Perimeter Books

Can opening a page create a space for one's home?

The intimate space is sacred, as it is experienced only from the distance with longing. If art making is about creating such space, distancing is a way for opening the space.

The architecture of print consists of layers of materials that are peeled and grounded. Each layer touches the surfaces of others, from back to front, and from edge to edge. The touched and untouched surfaces demarcate the space for art from the rest. The distinction, however, is often unclear. The space between art and life can be porous.

Perimeter books houses unaccountable spaces to be opened by readers and viewers. The books housed along the walls and on the tables await our life to slip between their pages.

My work, built in the middle of room, dwells to spare and protect a space. Pieces of timber are stretching horizontally and vertically to hold surfaces. Shadows and reflections surface across sheets of acrylic, paper and copper. These obscure media touch our eyes, at their very height, from the distance.

April 2014 in Melbourne, Utako Shindo