Journeys - Winter Footprints
Mai Yoshida and Ayane Muroya
International Gallery, Slater Street
21st - 27th February 2009
Between Journeys is a joint exhibition showcasing the work of two Japanese
artists, Mai Yoshida and Ayane Muroya. Their separate uses of calligraphy
and animation in exploring difference and similarity are fitting mediums
indeed. Pieces in the exhibition are dominated by both the imagery and
colour schemes of winter months, and - as the idea of winter is central
to the exhibition floor-space is often taken up by bare white branches
or white balloons resembling snowed-over terrain.
The bare, minimalist, almost nonchalant nature of the gallery - whitewashed
walls and concrete floors - serves to create an atmosphere akin to the
exhibitions winter theme. The space is granted an industrial coldness
in which one is drawn more completely to the pieces on display. The pieces
themselves are often minimalist in their use of colour with white, grey
and black featuring heavily. Such a palette reflects the winter theme
of the exhibition adequately, yet rare uses of colour offer an optimistic
glimpse into the coming summer months. Fitting in the current economic
climate indeed, these pieces could be used well to conjure thoughts of
financial grey days with colour symbolizing the hope of salvation.
Ayane Muroya’s calligraphy dominates wall space with a number of
pieces spanning the length or breadth of some. Use of space has always
been a great interest of Muroya’s with the placement of her work
confirming this. Her work often has a degraded nature about it through
her use of distressing, with rips and tears evident which provide a weathered,
winter-beaten quality. Fragility is another feeling evoked as pieces are
frequently attached to walls by simple fine needles.
Mai Yoshida’s animation is contained at the rear of the gallery,
with balloons and slouchy seating creating an air of ambience in which
to consume. Yoshida’s work relates directly to her life with six
animations in total, bathed in the now familiar hue of black and white,
serving to emphasize times of a more sombre nature.