Each year the ACP facilitates a dialogue between an Australian and an International artist with the aim to foster and expand meaningful creative engagement within a global network.
During 2018, Sydney-based artist Izabela Pluta was ‘in dialogue’ with Utako Shindo in Tokyo. The following correspondence is their shared perspectives and approaches to image-making. Both poetic and analytical, the work of these two artists actively engages with translation, mutation and fragmentation. In an attempt to suspend geographical specifities and fold time, they have utilised material traces of the past and fused them within a contemporary experience of place.
Sharing an enthusiasm for innovative photo media practice, both artists also utilised the exchange to nurture an intuitive sensibility to the other’s culture. They were open to each other’s nuanced understanding of place, and its complex articulation through photographic thinking and practice. They have drawn on the landscape as a site that embraces gaps in histories and memories, both individual and collective, as well as human and inhuman.
Izabela’s work explores an underwater rock formation situated off the coast of Japan’s western most islands, where the Pacific Ocean and the East China Sea meet. This oceanic relic is allegorically potent prompting archaeologists and scientists to speculate on whether it is a natural anomaly or a cultural artefact. The artist questions: How does this site evoke myth, making us complicit in the fiction that surrounds it. Or, how does mythology transcend fixed notions of place to offer an alternate set of shifting coordinates.
Utako is inspired by ‘the untranslatable’ and moved to create poetic places where nuanced ‘shadow-light’ transfers into, and out of, a fertile silence. The artist employs various utsuru, or processes that reflect, project, trace, emerge and transfer. Residing and engaging with several sites in both Japan and Australia, Utako investigates how objects embody place within the grand narrative of time.
ACP Project Space Gallery, 26 October – 1 December 2018
View the artists' in dialogue at ACP Projects online here
Exhibition brochure I available here
Exhibition brochure II available here
Installation view of Izabela Pluta's Cavitation 2018. Courtesy of ACP and Michael Waite.
Utako Shindo, Ode to Zephyr’s murmuring petal #2, 2018. Courtesy of the artist, with support of Sutton Gallery, Melbourne. Photograph by Christian Capurro.
Izabela Pluta, Still from Cavitation, 2018. Courtesy the artist and Gallery Sally Dan-Cuthbert, Sydney.
Installation view Utako Shindo's As it were a meteorite of the earth’s shadow 1-15, 2018. Courtesy of ACP and Michael Waite.
Izabela Pluta, Abstruse terms and general uncertainties (Ocean current 1), 2018. Courtesy the artist and Gallery Sally Dan-Cuthbert, Sydney.
Installation view of Utako Shindo's Night site #1-6 (2018) and How it just remains, how it subsides, and how it undoes ‘I’ (2018) at ACP Project Space Gallery, 2018
Izabela Pluta, Abstruse terms and general uncertainties (Mirage), 2018. Courtesy the artist and Gallery Sally Dan-Cuthbert, Sydney.
Utako Shindo, Still from Listening to Misterioso, 2011-18. Courtesy of the artist with the support of Sutton Gallery, Melbourne.
THIS EXHIBITION IS SUPPORTED BY THE AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT THROUGH THE AUSTRALIA-JAPAN FOUNDATION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE.
THIS EXHIBITION IS SUPPORTED BY THE NSW GOVERNMENT THROUGH CREATE NSW.
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