September 18 - January 30, 2011
It's the final days for DISAPPEARANCES at the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC), located in the Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art, features sculptural works and a series of paintings commenting on the fragility and transience of the human experience. "Hanging Garden drew me in," explains Raphaela Platow, CAC Alice & Harris Weston Director and Chief Curator. "Shinji and I talked about the project, and when I toured the closed up church of the monastery with him, our idea for Disappearances started gestating. The two shows in tandem create an amazing bridge. It provides our community with open access to an incredible, for a long time obscured, piece of architecture while at the same time returning the space to a spiritual orientation through contemporary art. Shinji uses the traces and residue of the building’s life in the artwork he is creating for the CAC. In a quiet way he narrows our focus on the circle of life that resonates so profoundly when viewing his installations. We are excited to present the show and are proud to be a part of the project’s realization.”
For the CAC installation, Turner-Yamamoto will work with such elements as plaster and paint chips discovered while surveying the grounds of the church. “Developing my Global TreeProject HANGING GARDEN at Holy Cross Church,” says Turner-Yamamoto, “I was drawn to debris in the abandoned church where pieces of fallen plaster and paint fragments melded with age-old dust. The material reminded me of the ruins I saw in Italy. It presented an extreme and insistent form of reconciliation between human and nature.”DISAPPEARANCES, an installation, will be created from these plaster fragments, pulverized plaster, and other mineral dust and powders. PENTIMENTI, a series of paintings, use the plaster fragments as support. He will employ a gilding technique – tooling the gold – inspired by Icons from the Holy Monastery of Saint Catherine, Mount Sinai, Egypt. These sculptural paintings will be installed along the long wall of the gallery, creating a constellation of gilded pieces and their reflections that lead to DISAPPEARANCES.