On 26 June, Blain|Southern returns to Masterpiece London with another solo presentation. This year Berlin-based Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota will create a site-specific installation that fills the booth with a web of interlacing red yarn, connecting and enveloping found objects such as maps and suitcases. Enclosed by the canopy overhead, these objects symbolise existential questions of fate and belonging, evoking ideas that can be as complex as the tangled yarn itself.

Shiota is primarily known for her immersive installations, such as The Key in the Hand with which she represented Japan at the Venice Biennale in 2015. The starting points for the majority of Shiota’s installations are collections of used possessions; belongings, haunted with memories, that act as expressions of human acts. Complex networks of yarn are often interlaced around and between objects, linking their inherent narratives and creating a new visual plane, as if painting in mid-air.

Shiota expands her explorations of space, objects, material and scale with a series of works where networks of yarn, thread and occasionally found objects, are created within smaller framed structures. In the main hall at Masterpiece London, Blain|Southern presents one such structure, which draws from Shiota’s landmark Venice Biennale installation. This illuminated cuboid structure, titled State of Being, is filled with about 2,000 keys that the artist collected over time.

Stand number
South Grounds, The Royal Hospital Chelsea, London, SW3 4LW
Private view date
27 June 2018
Opening hours

Thursday 28 June, 11am-9pm
Friday 29 June, 11am-9pm
Saturday 30 June, 11am-7pm
Sunday 1 July, 11am-7pm
Monday 2 July, 11am-9pm
Tuesday 3 July, 11am-9pm
Wednesday 4 July, 11am-9pm

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Chiharu Shiota

Chiharu Shiota