22/09/2007 — 3/11/2007
Grundy Art Gallery presented the first UK solo exhibition by Japanese artist Shigenobu Yoshida. Using video, photography and installation, the artist explores the scientific and expressive properties of light.
This Blackpool exhibition included three of the artist’s films: 'Bordeaux', 'London-Penzance' and 'Passage of Light'. Each was filmed through a prism held over the camera lens, splitting the light into its spectral colours.
'Bordeaux' and 'London-Penzance' record the passing landscape viewed from the window of a speeding train, travelling in and between the named locations. The contours and mass of passing objects and landscape are abstracted by the prism and transformed into rapidly moving bands of colour. In 'Passage of Light' we gaze upon a sunlit pool of water rhythmically pulsating below a bright-white reflection of flickering sunlight.
Each film is a simple expression of the natural qualities of sunlight; mesmerising in its psychedelic, silent beauty.
Yoshida’s installations of coloured sunlight, entitled 'Infinite Light' are achieved through a process of placing coloured vinyl - red, blue, yellow - on the exterior of a window pane. By undertaking this very simple method of colouring light, the artist draws our attention to our fascination with light and our attraction to it. At Grundy, Infinite Light was installed on the windows and doors of the gallery entrance. As with many of Yoshida's works, sunlight is not only the fundamental element, it is crucial to its success; and it is with a poetic sense of naïve optimism that the artist has chosen to recreate this work in Blackpool during the British autumn and early winter, which can be poignantly translated into a typically British state of mind: all is well when the sun is shining.
The artist invites us to join him in his worship of the sun, and in his contemplative journey in pursuit of its visual and emotional pleasures.
Shigenobu Yoshida has exhibited extensively throughout Japan. His work was first shown in the UK as part of the Hayward Gallery exhibition Facts of Life: Contemporary Japanese Art, in 2001.
The exhibition is funded by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, and supported by The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, and The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation.