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Cathy Wilkes and Shio Kusaka at The Modern Institute, Glasgow

Cathy Wilkes makes material environments involving a dialogue between sculptures, ready-mades, paintings, and other transcendental objects. The meanings of these objects are fluid and explorational. Sometimes working in situ, these materials are selected and accumulated through a sensitive and measured process of making and re-making. Within this intensive period of assembling and re-assembling Wilkes’ meticulously executed installations slowly emerge.

In a silent encounter between associative objects, signs and ideas, each work implying the next, Wilkes draws upon recurring motifs, and the real, brute elements of life. She offers the viewer a glimpse into a kind of cosmic measuring within the broader themes of life and death, object and meaning.

Her installations also draw heavily on the absence of things, the lost associations between objects, and the separation one can feel from ones own self. Demonstrated in a specific time and space, Wilkes’ practice is underpinned by the most intimate of personal experiences together with a poetic visual language.

“I want to show suffering, frailty and compassion. The objects are part of each other’s suffering, they show companionship and love… I think sentimentality is important to object relations. Object relations are about openness and distance, the unknown distance between me and everything beyond me and inside me. Everything in the way the things are made and focused on measures this. When I’m working out how to make something, its a kind of cosmic measuring.” Cathy Wilkes, May 2012

at The Modern Institute, Glasgow

until 24 November 2012

Cathy Wilkes, Untitled, 2012

Cathy Wilkes, Untitled, 2012 (detail)

Cathy Wilkes, Untitled, 2012 (detail)

Cathy Wilkes, Untitled, 2012 (detail)


Cathy Wilkes, Untitled, 2012 (detail)


Cathy Wilkes, Untitled, 2012 (detail)


Cathy Wilkes, Untitled, 2012 (detail)


Cathy Wilkes, Untitled, 2012 (detail)


Cathy Wilkes, Untitled, 2012 (detail)


Cathy Wilkes, Untitled, 2012 (detail)


Cathy Wilkes, Untitled, 2012 (detail)


Cathy Wilkes, Untitled, 2012 (detail)


Cathy Wilkes, Untitled, 2012 (detail)


Cathy Wilkes, Untitled, 2012


Cathy Wilkes, Untitled, 2012



Cathy Wilkes, Untitled, 2012

Cathy Wilkes, Untitled, 2012. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Courtesy: the artist and The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow. All photos, except when specified: Ruth Clark

Shio Kusaka is a Japanese ceramics artist well known for her beautifully asymmetrical pots. She has developed a distinct formal language through her use of shapes, patterns, colours and glazing techniques. Led by an intrigue into the making of pottery, Kusaka balances the question of functionality – as dictated by the medium of ceramics – against her own vocabulary of design. Her vessels are irregular with a slight unevenness as a result of an attempt at creating a precise symmetry.

She builds delicate structures of imperfection, with well-centered weight and sense of gravity. Within the gallery space Kusaka arranges her pots in clusters along the uncoated tabletop, creating a fluid accumulation of contours and volumes. Her creations allude to 18th century Egyptian Dynasty, late Bronze Age Cyprus, and the Yayoi period in Japan. Remaining closer to modernist and contemporary aesthetics her pots venture far beyond these ancestors and traditions.

“Shio’s pots tend to deflect language — and yet, they parallel its syntactical structure: A single pot might act like a word, conjured from a limited alphabet that becomes seemingly endless in combination, while a cluster of these pots intimates the structure of a sentence, and a table full of them suggests an essay—one written on the topic of irregularity and its rich variety.” (Holte, Michael Ned, ‘Pots’, in Shio Kusaka, Wood Kusaka Studios, Los Angeles, CA, 2012)

at The Modern Institute, Glasgow

until 24 November 2012

Shio Kusaka, Untitled (black 10), 2012

Shio Kusaka, Untitled (grid 26), 2012

Shio Kusaka, Untitled (grid 27), 2012

Shio Kusaka, Untitled (ink 7), 2012

Shio Kusaka, Untitled (strawberry 2), 2012

Shio Kusaka, Untitled (square 11), 2012

Shio Kusaka, Untitled (stripe 74), 2012

Shio Kusaka, Untitled (mark 16), 2012

Shio Kusaka, Untitled (line 22), 2012

Shio Kusaka, Untitled (pot 6), 2012

Courtesy: The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow

Exhibition views, photos: Ruth Clark. Single works photographed by the artist

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