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‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum Ocula Report ‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum 19 Jul 2019 : Penny Liu for Ocula

An Opera for Animals was first staged at Para Site in Hong Kong between 23 March and 2 June 2019, with works by over 48 artists and collectives that use opera as a metaphor for modes of contemporary, cross-disciplinary art-making. The exhibition's second iteration takes up a large portion of the Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) in Shanghai (22 June–25...

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Zoe Butt on the Challenges and Rewards of Curating Ocula Conversation Zoe Butt on the Challenges and Rewards of Curating

Zoe Butt is the artistic director of The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre in Ho Chi Minh City, the first purpose-built space for contemporary art in Vietnam. Founded in March 2016, the Centre was designed by HTAP Architects in an old steel warehouse, with cargo shipping containers added to its structure. Initiated as a social enterprise...

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Ocula 报告|Condo Shanghai 2019 展览看点 Ocula Report Ocula 报告|Condo Shanghai 2019 展览看点 11 Jul 2019 : Penny Liu for Ocula

即将于2019年7月13开幕的第二届 Condo Shanghai,联合上海7座画廊/艺术机构与14 家来自全球11个不同的城市,如东京、首尔、雅加达、巴尔的摩、洛杉矶、伦敦、纽约、危地马拉城、利马和墨西哥城,为实验性展览营造了一个更切实可行的国际环境。以下是Ocula的展览看点。周奥,《景观/对象WA》(2016)。橡木上固化油墨打印,左: 55.88 × 147.32 cm,中: 121.92 × 152.4 cm,右: 55.88 × 147.32 cm,图片提供:马凌画廊,上海。马凌画廊 × 80m2 Livia Benavides × LABOR × Proyectos Ultravioleta马凌画廊 |...

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Ishizuka Sayaka

b. 1980, Japan

Born in Shizuoka, Japan in 1980, Sayaka Ishizuka is an artist whose quietly arresting installation works are matched by the attentiveness to the lived histories, cultural associations and evocative potential of the commonplace, found objects that are frequently her chosen medium.

The idea that the universal can be accessed and expressed in art by way of the personal is one that is realised with striking clarity and a humbling lack of self-consciousness in the artist’s works. Taking as their medium objects unremarkable in their ready availability or often-overlooked presence in daily life—rice, thread, used articles of clothing, utensils and household items—and paying heed to the social and cultural associations they carry, Ishizuka’s installations subtly transform these items into leitmotifs for interconnectedness in the broader sphere of human existence.

Significant in this process is that each of Ishizuka’s installations is resolutely grounded in the lives “lived” by the objects from which it is composed, and the lives of the people that these objects inhabited. Taking her cues from the dialogue and interaction that occur between these “objects with a past” and the installation space, the artist weaves them into spatial configurations—often suspending items from the ceiling—of the messages relayed to her by the space and the medium. Beginning her creative process on the level of the real, the lived and the experienced, rather than the grandiose and abstract, Sayaka selects personal histories, memories, daily rituals and processes—all of which are tied to site and place—as the point of departure in fleshing out her simple yet profound spatial diagrams of the ties that bind us.

Sayaka Ishizuka graduated from the Painting Department of Joshibi University of Art and Design in 2004 before going on to establish her practice in installation art. In 2009, she participated in the Wellington Asia Residency Exchange artist-in-residence programme in Wellington, New Zealand. She has held several solo exhibitions in Tokyo and Kanagawa, Japan, and her installations have been shown widely around Japan in group exhibitions, as well as the Setouchi Triennial and the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial.

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Featured Artworks

Journey by Ishizuka Sayaka contemporary artwork
Ishizuka SayakaJourney, 2014 Rice collage on acrylic light box
93 x 74 x 8 cm
Pearl Lam Galleries
Genetic by Ishizuka Sayaka contemporary artwork
Ishizuka SayakaGenetic, 2014 Wooden boards, chopsticks
45 x 453 x 4.5 cm
Pearl Lam Galleries
Forest by Ishizuka Sayaka contemporary artwork
Ishizuka SayakaForest, 2010 Cutlery, thread
31.5 x 27.5 x 6 cm
Pearl Lam Galleries

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Quotidian at Pearl Lam Galleries, Shanghai
18 January–12 March 2017 Group Exhibition Quotidian Pearl Lam Galleries, Shanghai
Contemporary art exhibition, Sayaka Ishizuka, Life Threads at Pearl Lam Galleries, Shanghai
12 May–8 August 2014 Sayaka Ishizuka Life Threads Pearl Lam Galleries, Shanghai

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