SHIMURAbros is a sister-brother duo comprising Yuka Shimura, who was born in 1976 and holds a bachelor’s degree from Tama Art University and a master’s degree from University of the Arts London: Central St Martins, and her brother Kentaro, who was born in 1979 and holds a degree in Imaging Art from Tokyo Polytechnic University. After receiving an Excellence Award in the Art Division of the 13th Japan Media Arts Festival, hosted by Japan’s Agency for Cultural Affairs, the pair went onto have their works shown at Festival de Cannes and the Berlinale Festival and exhibited by art galleries in Japan and overseas. In recent years the works of SHIMURAbros have been exhibited at the Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions, and the duo has taken part in the residence program at the National University of Singapore’s Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA). Last year, ArtReview Asia magazine named SHIMURAbros as a Future Great. SHIMURAbros relocated to Berlin in 2014 on a research grant from the Pola Art Foundation, where they are currently resident as researchers at the studio of Olafur Eliasson.
SHIMURAbros (2018, Tokyo Gallery + BTAP, Beijing) installation view
Title: TRACE - SKY - Floating Clouds 01 (Edition size 2), Year: 2018, Material: Mirror, optical glass, electrical wire, wood, steel, Size: 150 x 150 x 23 cm
Title: TRACE - SKY - Floating Clouds 10 (Edition size 2), Year: 2018, Material: Mirror, optical glass, electrical wire, wood, Size: 48 x 48 x 15 cm
SHIMURAbros’ work to date has chiefly dealt with issues of representation in film. Themselves members of a generation that is being constantly bombarded with a myriad of images, SHIMURAbros have made repeated attempts to invent new types of imaging devices with the aim of invoking the innate power of images in novel ways.
Title: SUN 12.12.2017, Year: 2018, Material: Japanese pigment on paper, Size: 73 x 50 x 3 cm
Title: SUN 8.8.2017, Year: 2018, Material: Japanese pigment on paper, Size: 73 x 50 x 3 cm
This latest exhibition showcases SHIMURAbros’ recent works. The main area of the exhibition contains the Trace-Sky series of sculptures, which use optical glass to depict scenes from film, and the SUN installation, which features a projection of doppler images of the sun. Also in the exhibition is Chasing the Light, a video work created during the pairs’ CCA residency, which connects flashes of light from thunderclouds with the Singapore nightscape and the light from a traditional coconut oil candle.
Title: Half Moon, Daylight, Clouds, Year: 2018, Material: Brass, optical glass, iron, Size: 72.4 x 144.4 x (h) 164.2 cm
The works of SHIMURAbros highlight the distortion that has arisen in today’s diverse image culture between the perspective of the digital lens, a product of civilization, and that of the human eye, a natural part of our being. By assigning this distortion a place in cinematic history, it is as if SHIMURAbros has invited the viewer to a vantage point that commands a view over both the past and future of imagery and visual sensation.
All text and information above by Tokyo Gallery.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - Saturday, June 30, 2018
Tokyo Gallery + BTAP Beijing
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