My exhibition A DROP BECOMES THE OCEAN is live now at MeiPam 2 Gallery on Shodoshima – it was lots of work getting everything ready but I am very happy with how it looks/functions and as with many creative acts, making it ‘real’ has already had lots of beneficial effects.
The day I got the prints made in Osaka I was like a small child on Xmas morning: practically jumping up & down excitedly at the counter as each print was produced. Same thing happened when the prints arrived from the framer… But installing the prints & the video works in the gallery was an even greater evolutionary stage for me.
If you happen to live in or visit Japan and are considering a trip to Shodoshima, first stop is MeiPam 1 Gallery:
Directly across the street is the excellent MeiPam cafe – highly reccomended for a coffee, lunch or an oishi raspberry soda!
The MeiPam collective actually consist of four galleries and the cafe…
Up the street one block and around the corner is MeiPam 2 Gallery
Part of the excellent MeiPam ethos is repurposing old buildings, and MeiPam 02 is based on an old Shoyu-ya and rice warehouse which has been stripped to reveal the beautiful beams and sandstone walls. Apart from exhibitions MeiPam02 has also been used as a performance venue, and stepping through the door into the large space is a visual delight – it was such a pleasure to devise and install high resolution visual work there!
The work in my exhibition was created both on Shodoshima during my artists residency last year, and during my artists residency in Little Huia, New Zealand as well as subsequent work. But as I explained in my talk at the opening, all of my work is deeply influenced by my time spent on Shodoshima – it was such a pleasure to spend months of my life focused solely on personal work, and the ramifications of that time flow through everything I have done since and will do in future….
On the big screen/video projector are four works:
– ONE BILLION HEARTBEATS – 11’23″
– BIRDSONG PRELUDES: UGUISU – 3’49
– A DROP BECOMES THE OCEAN -5’14”
– KAITARIKIHI GRAINS – 2’46”
On one TV set EPHEMERAL ISLANDS – 9’25″ is looping
On the other TV set BIRDSONG PRELUDES is looping:
– BIRDSONG PRELUDE: BELLBIRD – 1’37″
– BIRDSONG PRELUDE: TUI – 4’30″
– BIRDSONG PRELUDE: KOKAKO – 3’42″
– BIRDSONG PRELUDE: RURU – 3’31″
The remainder of the space features eight black & white prints: NEAR SILENCE
Two final thoughts
First, huge thanks to all of the MeiPam team. None of my work is for sale, this is purely an experiential exhibition and I greatly appreciate the opportunity for the work to be seen and enjoyed.
Secondly, in any form of creative endeavour there is profound benefit in completing the cycle: of creating, finishing & releasing work. I caught up with a friend of mine in Osaka yesterday who is in the early stages of publishing a book of his fantastic photos and we had arrived at the same realisation: as people who create work digitally and publish it online, it had been an unexpected joy and life altering process to see our own work transcend the digital world and become real. In hindsight this is slightly absurd, but creating the final works for this exhibition was literally the first time I have had any of my photos printed! But it has a similar effect as working away on a film for months and then attending a screening, or writing, recording & producing an album & suddenly having an actual album in your hands. I think it will be my mantra for 2015 & perhaps ever more: MAKE IT REAL!