Leela Schauble “Subsequence Landscape”
[Image: Leela Schauble, Growing in the Dark (regenerate), 2020 © Leela Schauble Courtesy of the artist]
This event has ended.
*In response to the extension of the state of emergency, KOTARO NUKAGA will be postponing the opening of the exhibition Subsequence Landscape by Leela Schauble, originally scheduled to open on May 9th, to June 2nd, 2020. The dates and business hours are subject to change in line with the national and local government guidelines.
The first solo exhibition in Japan by the Australian artist Leela Schauble, (b. 1989) a Melbourne-based artist working primarily with photography and video. Her practice meditates on the themes of ecology and human-induced climate change. In 2015, Schauble participated in an artist residency in the Arctic Circle where she witnessed the human impact on natural environment. In 2018, with her growing interest in researching the connection between humans and the environment, Schauble took part in an artist immersion program to explore the innermost depth of the Amazon rainforest with scientists and other artists. The experience at the program became the foundation of two of her series featured in this exhibition: “Growing in the Dark” and “Signal II.”
“Growing in the Dark” (2020) is a photographic series that captured plants thriving out from the dark, shadowy water. Depiction of plants flourishing even in extreme environmental conditions renders an essential form of life that is both sacred and mystical. The video series “Signal II” (2018) displays LED lights placed within the Amazon forest, each light sending an SOS signal. They attempt to start communication between viewers and nature, yet are obscured by constant flashes of surrounding signals. Both of the series are deeply rooted in the artist’s discovery of the importance of science behind the adaptive ecosystem, which she found through working with the scientists during the program.
Concurrently exhibited is “North (Pyramiden),” Schauble’s series based on her expedition to the Arctic Circle. Schauble’s multifaceted approach to the fields outside of art, such as science and climate change, is echoed in her series of works not as a critique of damages humankind have done to nature, but rather as an encouragement to reflect on the broken relationship between them.
from June 02, 2020 to July 04, 2020