Perspex, threaded rod and paint
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“Reiko Aoyagi is a Japanese artist who trained and has lived in the UK for eight years. Like many expatriates she has come to draw strength and inspiration from a long-
The careful observation of the characteristics of a space is Aoyagi’s starting point for her engagement with a site. She proceeds from a fundamental acceptance of reality to formulate a dialectic response. She selects a particular aspect to serve as a catalyst to activate an awareness of ambience. This metonymic practice which frees the imagination through aesthetic constraint has a long tradition in Japanese culture. It allows Aoyagi to have a wide frame of reference; her dialectic associations involve time and space, artifice and nature. A crucial element in all her work is light. The strong sensual impact of her installations is driven by a Heideggerian appreciation of Being.
The gallery’s situation, secluded within a private courtyard, invites a dissociation from the public space of the street to prepare for a more intimate and personal experience that the artist wishes to communicate. The crypt-