The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation is delighted to announce the upcoming exhibition of work by the three artists shortlisted for the Daiwa Foundation Art Prize 2015: Oliver Beer, Julie Brook and Mikhail Karikis. The artists will exhibit their finished projects at Daiwa Foundation Japan House from 12th June – 17th July 2015.
One of the three shortlisted artists will be invited to exhibit at the Aoyama | Meguro Gallery in Tokyo in Autumn 2015. In addition, he or she will be awarded a participation fee of £5000, and a period of support and introduction to key individuals and organisations in the Japanese contemporary art world. This will be the third exhibition of the Daiwa Foundation Art Prize, an award offered to British artists resident in the UK who have not previously exhibited in Japan.
Oliver Beer’s body of work interrogates the physical properties and sentimental values of material objects and cultural narratives. In doing so, he casts doubt on the objectivity of perception. In this show, Oliver will exhibit a series ofpowerfully illusory wall installations, in which ‘dissected’ objects, halved long-ways, are embedded in plaster plaques that lie flush with the wall.Among the series will be a work with coloured pencils, RGB(2014), which links directly to his main exhibit, a video entitled Reanimation – Snow White(2014). Never before shown in the UK, this film loop is a kaleidoscopic assemblage of over 500 images, hand-coloured by French school children, reimagining a sequence from Walt Disney’s 1938 cartoon. With a soundtrack pieced together from archived recordings of the film’s original songs, this film calls upon the universal mythology of Snow White to express the power of the collective imagination.
Julie Brook will be showing an entirely new film exploring her most recent sculptural work made in the semi-desert of Namibia, as part of her MADE, UNMADEseries. Lying at the heart of this project is the artist’s desire to explore the tactile, tangible essence of her surroundings in as sincere and immediate a way as possible. Transposing these often-huge ephemeral works, made from the fabric of the landscape itself, into the interior spaces of a gallery has proved an exciting challenge for the artist. At this exhibition, an engrossing double-screen installation will immerse the viewer in the sounds, rhythms and sights of the sparsely populated Namibian landscape.
Mikhail Karikis will show his recent project Children of Unquiet(2014), which orchestrates a children’s “take-over” of an abandoned workers’ village and its adjacent industrial and natural locations, embracing sound, video and performance in an immersive audio-visual installation. Their “take-over” through play, song and their own interventions, generate the opportunity for individual and communal expression, asserting the younger generation’s connection with the site of their childhood.
|Duration||12 June 2015 - 17 July 2015|
|Venue||Daiwa Foundation Japan House|
|Address||13/14 Cornwall Terrace (Outer Circle) London NW1 4QP, ,|
|Contact||01372462190 / / www.dajf.org.uk/|