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  • shinji turner-yamamoto | global tree project | secret garden
    soil clay cow dung rainwater Sanskriti Foundation New Delhi India supported by UNESCO ASCHBERG Bursaries for Artists International Fund for the Promotion of Culture Sanskriti Foundation special thanks O P Jain Nomita Dargan Jaya Parthawk Munnilal gardeners of Sanskriti Kendra I n India in early 2003 I created a site specific installation for a banyan tree Banyan trees like those seen in the Calcutta Botanical Garden possess nearly 2 800 aerial roots measuring 330 meters in circumference These roots suggested a metaphor for all relationships in the world The tree s branches which grow perpendicular to the ground slowly become roots These columns grow making us aware of links between two worlds that of the earth and the heavens I formed soil cones symbolizing the tree s future root growth and inviting the viewer to participate in these unfolding connections My goal was not to intervene but to help the tree and to participate in its life In a world where violence pervades I felt a necessity to pronounce love towards the world The creation of these column connections felt essential not only to the tree s survival but our own New Delhi India 2003 UNTITLED 2003 henna milk animal

    Original URL path: http://www.globaltreeproject.org/sanskriti_foundation.html (2016-02-13)
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  • shinji turner-yamamoto | global tree project | aqua: omphalos / blue gold
    ochre henna gesso clay bole animal glue cotton canvas wood panel 30 x 40 x 8 cm private collection MIRRORS 2002 24kt gold leaf fragments on gallery wall AQUA OMPHALOS 2000 site specific installation inside an 18th century folly with debris stones from the tower apple seeds lime sand soil rainwater Roches Tower Cork Ireland supported by Pépinières Européennes pour Jeunes Artistes Sirius Arts Centre Ufficio Promozione Giovani Artisti di Bologna special thanks Anne Boddaert Ted Creedon Breda and Tom Morrissey Peter Murray Stefanie Wilhelm BLUE GOLD 2002 site specific installation with 2 channel video projection and paintings Crawford Art Gallery Cork Ireland special thanks Peter Murray Anne Boddaert Roberto Daolio Alessandro Lolli Lisa Marzari Adriano Baccilieri Editrice Compositori Ufficio Promozione Giovani Artisti di Bologna I nside the ruin of an 18th century gothic folly on a cliff overlooking the sea I created an installation using indigenous stones and the seeds of an apple tree The work would change over time and be completed when the tree s root system destroyed my original installation I first formed a mound with stones from the tower and covered it with lime plaster In the last phase of creating the work it rained heavily The rain left a drawing on the soft plaster completely changing the sculpture s surface I realized my job was finished and nature had begun its work Cork Ireland 2000 B lue Gold began with OMPHALOS A relationship emerged between the small body of water inside the tower and the sea beyond LE VOCI DEL PAESAGGIO 2 channel video projection explores this visual marriage of the rainwater pool and the distant sea At times they seem to meet becoming one In fusing these two worlds of water the finite pool and the infinite sea I created a slowly evolving

    Original URL path: http://www.globaltreeproject.org/pepinieres_europeennes_pour_jeunes_artistes.html (2016-02-13)
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  • shinji turner-yamamoto | global tree project | lightning
    Martha Winans Slaughter Mark K Wourms S ummer 2010 participating in the MONGOLIA 360 International Land Art Biennial I encountered many odd shaped and magnificent trees tied with blue scarves At one point I witnessed a shaman praying in front of one of these trees I discovered some of them were lightning struck sacred trees and learned their sacredness manifested through their survival of a lightning strike One becomes a shaman by a similar process either through a lightning strike or other near death experiences A shaman is sometimes buried inside a sacred living tree Spring 2011 during a Bernheim Research Forest s artist residency I was on the hunt for lightning struck trees After two weeks of wandering in an untouched forest I finally found three on a mountain ridge It was a very quiet still day without wind Suddenly a dead tall tree crashed to the ground beside me The sound muted but immense left me enveloped in an utter dead deep silence When I woke up I realized these three trees might not be standing the next time I encountered them I pulled my tripod out and began taking photographs These images became a photographic series for

    Original URL path: http://www.globaltreeproject.org/lightning.html (2016-02-13)
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  • shinji turner-yamamoto | sidereal silence | alice f. and harris k. weston art gallery / aronoff center for the arts
    SIDEREAL SILENCE current collaborators to date Boulder Creek Residency SiTE Lab Alice F and Harris K Weston Art Gallery Aronoff Center for the Arts special thanks Mark Scherer upcoming solo exhibition Alice F and Harris K Weston Art Gallery Aronoff Center for the Arts 650 Walnut Street Cincinnati OH USA 8 April 5 June 2016 supported by U S National Endowment for the Arts Jennifer Davenpost Dinsmore Shohl LLP Elizabeth A Stone Barbara Gates Moss Mr and Mrs Thomas Stegman D uring an installation for ArtPrize 2011 I visited a Grand Rapids gypsum mine to collect materials I was with a curatorial group students and videographers Despite their presence I experienced instances of total subterranean silence and darkness and an accompanying fear and awe of the unknown I certainly could not comprehend the enormity of my proximity to deep time embodied in this gypsum formed 350 million years ago or the inherent entity of the void a sidereal darkness and silence I n summer 2012 I worked in the Pacific Northwest wilderness collecting sounds from nature Walking the ridge of a canyon I listened at once to multiple waterfalls experiencing their merging sounds as the most powerful symphony I d

    Original URL path: http://www.globaltreeproject.org/sidereal_silence.html (2016-02-13)
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  • shinji turner-yamamoto | constellaria / quintessence
    panel 72 x 50 x 8 cm QUINTESSENCE QUINTESSENCE 8 2015 cultured crystals ca 450 million year old Ordovician horn coral streptelasma 10 x 14 x 11 5 cm QUINTESSENCE 1 2013 cultured crystals archival acetate gold and silver leaf pigment gesso animal glue tree resin clay bole wood panel 43 x 35 5 x 18 5 cm QUINTESSENCE 2 2013 cultured crystals archival acetate gold and silver leaf pigment gesso animal glue tree resin clay bole wood panel 43 x 35 5 x 18 5 cm QUINTESSENCE 6 2015 cultured crystals microfossils micrometeorites plaster 13 x 15 x 15 cm QUINTESSENCE 4 2013 cultured crystals microfossils micrometeorites plaster 14 x 16 5 x 16 5 cm Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art Collection QUINTESSENCE 7 2015 24kt gold leaf cultured crystals microfossils micrometeorites plaster 11 5 x 13 x 15 cm CONSTELLARIA QUINTESSENCE current C rystals are everywhere in clouds composed of ice diamonds within a meteorite formed in the solar system s earliest moments in calcite micro crystals in the brain s pineal gland in ephemeral ice converging for a brief moment on a window pane in winter I culture crystals with water soluble minerals on supports The resulting crystals patterns depend mainly on my collaborators the materials inherent geometric properties the gravitational pull of the earth and water s evaporation cooling process The work pays homage to minerals and crystals the essential elements without which our bodies cannot exist The alchemical process explores a poetic reunion with nature and expression of the sublime unity and connection between nature and humanity It manifests nature s power its ubiquitous presence and humanity s intrinsic entwinement In Constellaria I work with fossil fragments collected in the OH KY IN tri state region concentrating on a strata called the Cincinnati Arch The

    Original URL path: http://www.globaltreeproject.org/constellaria.html (2016-02-13)
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  • shinji turner-yamamoto | constellations
    pigment tree resin paper 36 x 28 cm detail SUN 2008 ash Indian yellow pigment tree resin paper 33 x 25 5 cm detail SUN 2008 ash Indian yellow pigment tree resin paper 30 5 x 23 cm SUN 2008 ash Indian yellow pigment tree resin paper silver leaf gesso clay bole animal glue wood panel 66 x 50 x 17 cm QUADRATUS 2000 parchment fiber optics silver leaf gesso clay bole animal glue wood aluminium fluorescent and dichroic lamp 120 x 120 x 15 cm Targetti Light Art Collection private collections il quadratus e la sostanza arcana attraverso la cui trasmutazione si produce il Lapis Der philosophische Baum Carl Gustav Jung CONSTELLATIONS ongoing series of paintings sculptures installations site specific installation at Ippaku tei teahouse TARGETTI LIGHT ART COLLECTION THREE WINDOWS SUN MOON STARS 2008 site specific installation Ippaku tei teahouse Embassy of Japan Washington DC USA organized and supported by Japan Information and Culture Center Embassy of Japan Washington DC strategic partner Shigeko Bork MU Project special thanks Misako Ito Shigeko Bork Anigie Seckinger Targetti Light Art Collection I nspired by Sankou tourou the three lights lantern included in the original teahouse design I created a room of the sun and a room of the moon and stars In the room of the sun located in the Buka an tearoom I created an installation inside an existing niche I painted a ghost like sun image on acetate working with tree resin ash and Indian yellow A page of acetate suspended over a gesso surface moves with the wind or a viewer s breath creating an undulating image of the sun Below a shadow projects onto a field of marble dust The whole formed by the actual paintings and their shadows evoke reunion of solar radiation absorbed by the upper atmosphere with the light that actually reaches us In the room of the moon and stars OMPHALOS a stoneware sculpture uses light and the smoke of burning incense to project a wavering image of the doubled full moon onto two suspended layers of cloth At rear three paintings create constellations that support the whole Brought from Kyoto the Ippaku tei teahouse was installed in 1960 to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of relations between Japan and the United States The teahouse was open to the public for the first time for the THREE WINDOWS sun moon star exhibition organized by the JICC the Embassy of Japan Washington DC 2008 Targetti Light Art Collection QUADRATUS 2000 parchment fiber optics silver leaf gesso clay bole animal glue wood aluminium fluorescent and dichroic lamp 120 x 120 x 15 cm Targetti Light Art Collection private collections il quadratus e la sostanza arcana attraverso la cui trasmutazione si produce il Lapis Der philosophische Baum Carl Gustav Jung L e stelle che noi vediamo a volte son già morte La luce è viandante e messaggera Sono attratto dagli specchi dell acqua dalla loro fluida superficie orizzontale che vela inconoscibili profondità Le immagini riflesse sono

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  • shinji turner-yamamoto | irish black rainbow / moonbow
    handmade paper wood panel 30 x 16 16 x 13 cm detail RAINBOW 1 2008 ash indian yellow gambouge pigment wool tree resin egg paper archival acetate silver leaf gesso clay bole animal glue wood panel 35 5 x 28 x 12 cm RAINBOW 1 2008 ash indian yellow gambouge pigment wool tree resin egg paper archival acetate silver leaf gesso clay bole animal glue wood panel 35 5 x 28 x 12 cm RAINBOW 2 2008 ash indian yellow gambouge pigment tree resin egg paper archival acetate silver leaf gesso clay bole animal glue wood panel 35 5 x 28 x 12 cm detail RAINBOW 2 detail MOONBOW 2 2008 soot ash crystal tree resin egg paper silver leaf gesso clay bole animal glue wood panel 33 x 25 x 11 5 cm MOONBOW 2 2008 soot ash crystal tree resin egg paper silver leaf gesso clay bole animal glue wood panel 33 x 25 x 11 5 cm MOONBOW 3 2008 soot ash crystal tree resin egg paper silver leaf gesso clay bole animal glue wood panel 33 x 25 x 11 5 cm LIGHT hiekare 2008 soot ash indian yellow tree resin egg paper silver leaf gesso clay bole animal glue wood panel 49 5 x 33 x 16 5 cm IRISH BLACK RAINBOW MOONBOW series of paintings site specific installation at Saigyo an IRISH BLACK RAINBOW 2005 site specific installation Saigyo an Kyoto Japan Kyoto Art Walk supported by Kyoto Art Walk Association Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japan Kyoto City special thanks Saigyo an Toru Ohta Yoshihiro Hanawa I RISH BLACK RAINBOW Sixth century monks seeking a peaceful haven from the world made their way to the Skellig Michael Island at the westernmost reach of Ireland During my stay in Kerry I worked near Bolus Head a hill of mainland which has a distant view of the island I felt surrounded by the power of nature The winds were unbelievably strong I spent my first days just listening to the sound of the wind It is said that in Ireland there are four seasons in one day and indeed the weather changes at a bewildering pace throughout the day Because of these changes I saw numerous rainbows everyday Their colors were deep and dark appearing as double rainbows triple rainbows and at times even bending back upon themselves as many as five times One often thinks of rainbows appearing in distance but here they could appear at extremely close proximity Then the colors appeared ever deeper more vibrant with each watery particle of light perceptible Two or three weeks into my stay a couple living nearby told me about a black rainbow that they had seen on the night of a full moon They saw it only once but they were both certain that what they had seen was undoubtedly a rainbow Kerry Ireland 2004 I n mounting the drawings I referred to Nanporoku hiden a 17th century tome on tea and the teachings on

    Original URL path: http://www.globaltreeproject.org/moonbow.html (2016-02-13)
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  • shinji turner-yamamoto | divergent gaze of angels
    by Pro Artibus Foundation special thanks Västra Nylands Folkhögskola Folkhälsan Åsa Lönnqvist F or almost 8 years my grandmother who has Alzheimer s disease has been lying in bed in a nursing home in Osaka Japan During my last visit her divergent gaze reminded me of that of the statues of angels I saw in Granada Spain last October in La Iglesia de Santa Ana Staring at these statues I discovered I could not connect with their gaze They looked through me to another world another reality As with the gaze of these angels so with that of my grandmother With both there was the impossibility of connection a sense of existing in different worlds while inhabiting the same physical space With the Divergent Gaze of Angels project I am reflecting on symmetry in nature that imperfect balance that creates the illusion of perfection They say angels exist between the human and the divine I want to explore the symmetry I discovered in the gaze of my grandmother transforming it into that of the goddess As an artist impulses first emerge that are too large to be understood Understanding only comes through process The duality I first observed in my grandmother s gaze began to emerge again in the winter landscape of southern Finland In photographing this unfamiliar snowy world and combining images taken at different moments there emerged something akin to the imperfect layering of experience that forms the warp and weft of memory Ekenäs Finland 2004 DIVERGENT GAZE OF ANGELS 2004 red ocher pencil resin animal glue paper archival digital print 32 x 24 cm I nästan åtta år har min farmor som lider av Alzheimers sjukdom varit sängliggande i ett sjukhem i Osaka i Japan Under mitt sista besök påminde mig hennes avvikande blick mig om de

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