has commissioned Japanese artist, Chiharu Shiota to create one of her monumental signature thread installations for her first solo show in a public gallery in the UK.
Shiotas large-scale installation will consume Towners upper gallery, presenting a façade of five wooden doors caught in a dense dark tangle of thousands of metres of black yarn extending from wall to wall, and from ceiling to floor. Two of the doors lead into the huge otherworldly cocoon, connected by a labyrinthine passage dimly illuminated by bare light bulbs. Immersive, disorientating and contemplative, Other Side slows and disrupts navigation through and around it.
In a work that has taken almost three years to develop, Shiota describes her Towner installation as a thread installation with doors, saying The doors are doors that used to be in Berlin apartments. Im sure they could tell a lot of stories. Doors also open and close, just as people enter our lives and leave them again. All these elements manifest themselves in memories.
Other Side represents a new development in Shiotas work, combining the ephemeral and the delicate with the more structural architectural elements of her practice. In previous large-scale projects she has encased shoes, giant dresses, books, beds, steps, a baby grand piano and stool, and sometimes even herself, in the weblike constructions. She uses the black yarn as a kind of media, fulfilling a desire to draw in the air physical anxieties she has experienced; relationships between past and present, living and dying, memory and oblivion, dreaming and sleeping. Shiota has exhibited internationally and previous UK works include the group shows Walking in My Mind at the Hayward Gallery in 2009, and in Lost in Lace at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery in 2011.