Anastasia Shin: Against the Plane
Private View: Friday 29th June, 6.30pm - 8.30pm
in association with SLAM Fridays
Saturday 23 June - Saturday 21 July 2012
Gallery open: Wednesday - Saturday, 10am - 6pm
BEARSPACE presents Anastasia Shin: Against the Plane, the first solo exhibition of British artist Anastasia Shin, premièring her new body of work.
In her painted and video work Shin embraces the notion of the pictorial realm as an unreachable space, inserting sculptural forms into a two dimensional world. Here objects hover in gravity defying space whilst constantly referencing their gridded linen and screen confines. Shin's work is influenced by the ritual of circumambulation (the act of walking around a sacred object), which is set in contrast to the static formations within her work whilst also commenting on the way the viewer interacts with the pieces themselves, tying spatial awareness to a specific location.
The majority of this body of work was conceived of whilst Shin was living in Northern India, where she found inspiration in the rituals and traditions of Tibetan Buddhism which appear in her work as both recurring motifs and as an underlying and binding ethos. Prime numbers, infinity, impermanence and reality and virtuality are all key to Shin’s pioneering multi disciplinary work.
Objects are chosen for their ‘potentiality’, these objects are in a ‘process of becoming’ (Pierre Levy): light bulbs and crystals. Her assemblages, photographs and films, create a space where ‘forms are liable to mutate with the viewer’s imagination’ (Shin). To this end, the elusive objects arranged in circular formation become freed from their seemingly static surface, making one aware of the materiality of her mediums: cardboard rips, fabric tears and reality decays in colour saturated shades and neutral linen.
Shin graduated with a BA in Art Practice from Goldsmiths College in 2011 and is now living and working in London. Her recent group exhibitions include Hyper Real at Backlit Gallery, Nottingham (2012), The Suprasensorial Bin at Victorian Vaults, London (2012) and BYOB - Multichannel at Richmix Cinema, London (2011).