11 September - 26 October 2013
You can view the online catalogue here
Annely Juda Fine Art is proud to present this exhibition of new work by Yuko Shiraishi. The exhibition consists of 8 paintings made in the last two years as well as the installation 'Netherworld'.
Since her early childhood, Shiraishi has always carried the thought that death and stars are somehow related. This notion gave her the inspiration for 'Netherworld'. The installation is influenced by the architecture of Tutankhamun's tomb as well as the cycle of a star's existence. In Ancient Egypt, dusk marked the beginning of the journey to the afterlife, when the Ka and Ba that leave a person's body at the moment of death reunite, allowing the deceased to join the stars in the sky. Through this body of work, Shiraishi draws a close connection between the cyclical process of the life and death of stars and human cells, echoing the Ancient Egyptian's belief that life implies death and death implies life, that man is destined to die.
The installation 'Netherworld' shows the many layers in an Egyption tomb that surround the deceased. It is placed in a closed off section of the gallery, which is tinged in blue to resemble the night sky. Shiraishi has been working on a series of studies, collages and texts, which show her working process and understanding of 'Netherworld' and which will be exhibited alongside the installation.
Known for her abstract paintings with remarkable but balanced use of colour Shiraishi's new paintings have an especially gestural quality. Whereas most of Shiraishi's earlier paintings incorporate lines and geometrical shapes, these works have a much freer quality. The painterly background colour, which often almost resembles a wash, is accentuated by seemingly randomly placed coloured dots on the surface of the paintings.
Shiraishi had her first one person exhibition at the Edward Totah Gallery
in London in 1988. Since then she has
shown her paintings and
installations at galleries and museums worldwide including the Wilhelm-Hack-Museum,
Germany (2007), Leeds City Art Gallery and Crawford Municipal Art
Gallery, Cork (2003), Museum Wiesbaden, Germany (2002), Tate St Ives
and the Ernst Museum, Budapest (1998). Her most recent gallery exhibitions
include Leonard Hutton Galleries, New York (2006), Annely Juda Fine
London (2009) and Galerie Gisèle Linder, Basel (2010).
Between 2001 and 2004 Shiraishi worked in collaboration with architects
Allies and Morrison as internal and external colour advisor on the BBC
buildings, White City, London. From 2005 she worked on several major
architectural commissions in Japan, Germany and London. In 2008 she curated
the Kyoto Art Walk at Njojo Castel, Kiyomizudera Temple, Tofukuji Temple
in Kyoto, Japan.
At Art Unlimited during the Basel art fair in 2010 she showed her installation
Space Elevator Tea House which was first shown with
Annely Juda Fine Art, London in 2009.
Shiraishi's next exhibition, 'Point - Counterpoint', will be opening on Wednesday 6th November 2013 at
Galerie Gisele Linder
Elisabethenstrasse 54, CH-4051, Basel
The exhibition runs until December 20th 2013
Yuko Shiraishi lives and works in London.