Yuko Shiraishi: Netherworld

Hunt, Ian. 2014. Yuko Shiraishi: Netherworld. [Exhibition Catalogue]

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An essay, the last of a trilogy I have completed on this artist, reprinted and shortened from Yuko Shiraishi: Signal (Annely Juda Fine Art, 2013) and here translated into Catalan and Spanish. Shiraishi's installation Netherworld, based on the measurements of Tutankhamun's tomb and incorporating a suspended representation of a lying figure, is the point of departure for a consideration of the long afterlife of Egyptian myth and thinking, with reference to Alois Riegl, Carl Dreyer's film Vampyr, and the architect Walter Segal's measured drawings of Egyptian furniture from the tomb. Shiraishi has an established phenomenological interest in standing, sitting and lying, and here I explore her engagement with archaic thinking about death and the soul alongside ideas from contemporary science. I also discuss her drawings and abstract paintings, which use diagrammatic representation (of star formation, mythic thinking, processes within cells) at the same time that they used drawing as a mode of liberatory thinking in its own right. Previous essays by me about Shiraishi were published in Yuko Shiraishi: Temperature and Yuko Shiraishi: Space Space (Annely Juda Fine Art, London, 2005, 2009).

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Pollença, Spain

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04 Oct 2017 12:01

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