Shiseido Art Egg: Aiko Miyanaga Exhibition
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This exhibition by Aiko Miyanaga is part of Shiseido Art Egg, an open call exhibition that supports the work of up-and-coming artists. Miyanaga creates daily necessities and other articles for everyday use out of naphthalene, spinning out new shapes and forms created out of the changes in her materials over time.
From 2009-01-09 To 2009-02-01
Miyanaga's controlled use of an unlikely material, naphthalene, is commendable. As her ghostly, translucent casts gradually break down as the naphthalene evaporates, tiny naphthalene crystals form on the clear acrylic walls of the chambers which hold these delicate items. The process of disintegration and subsequent reformation is an interesting metaphor for the transient quality of day-to-day life.
In this exhibition, Miyanaga has placed her castings within small, clear acrylic enclosures, lit from below and situated within narrow, pipe-like columns which stretch from floor to ceiling. Upon entering, the installation is quite elegant, with each enclosure shining like a beacon in the otherwise darkened space. That said, the scratched, not quite perfectly crafted enclosures were a bit disappointing when viewed up close. I wanted to see them as perfect, precious capsules, but their execution didn't quite match, say, a typical Ginza boutique store display.
Despite these flaws, the ingenuity of the materials and undeniable atmosphere make this an exhibition worth checking out.