Who Is Shun Ito?
Japanese dancer and artist Shun Ito developed his keen interest in physical expression whilst studying at Tama Art University in Tokyo. He joined dance company KARAS in 1987 and studied his particular style under famed choreographer and dancer Saburo Teshigawara, acting as a technical assistant as well as performing.
Shun Ito left KARAS in 2001 and started to turn his experiences as a dancer into sculptural art. The consciousness of gravity he gained through his dance became a major influence in his creations, recognising the various effects the force can have on movement and how movement can then seem to defy gravity.
Light is a crucial element in his work, with combinations of light, shadow and accelerations of movement creating complicated rhythms which then produce a myriad of colours and shapes.
What is Shun Ito Bringing To Frequency?
Shun Ito started creating his Cosmic Birds pieces in 2012, and he brings his collection so far to Frequency ’15.
Shun Ito is attracted to simple falling or spinning movements caused by gravity and the complicated phenomena borne of these motions which can be observed everywhere in nature. The artists sees this as the essence of every phenomenon, including human emotion. Cosmic Birds are created from a series of experiments in movement and gravity. Assembled from frames, gears and drive systems, the pieces are thrown out into the air and left for gravity to have its effect.
Varioys rotational accelerations create complicated rhythms from the light which then resonate with the rhythms of human physiology and perception, allowing the artist and the viewer to observe otherwise invisible rules of nature and the universe. The sculptures shine in beautiful movement and aim to inspire a sense of peace and tranquility.
Cosmic Birds can be seen at Chad Varah House throughout the festival.
Emma Dex Dexter creates new visual perspectives of consciousness within her installations and sculptures, and has exhibited her work internationally.
Emma entered the artistic world at a very young age and grew up in various artist studios in Germany where she developed her interest in art before coming back to England, where she eventually started working as a painter, and later on shifted her artistic focus to sculpting.
After spending four years studying stonemasonry and carving at York Minster, she opened her own studio and began making a living as a stone sculptor. She has been commissioned for a number of projects, including a commission from the National Portrait Gallery.
By using various materials for her sculptures and installations, Emma started to extend her skills. After a series of exhibitions, she undertook a Postgraduate Diploma in Sculpture at West Dean College in Sussex, and was later awarded an artist residency in Las Pozas, poet Edward James’ surreal jungle garden in Mexico.
Emma’s travels and personal experiences have inspired her to create new and different types of work. Her installations and sculptures aim to bring the thought processes of social order to light, as well as to question the bigger issues surrounding the current social, economic and environmental climate.
Alongside fellow Frequency 13 artists Hawre Pshko and Jasim Ghafur, Emma recently became a member of the International BlankAtlas Visual Artists Collective.
Artists have the tools of Revolution
I believe that artists have the tools of Revolution – to subtly or directly expose propaganda and exploitation. Through visual interpretation we can bring to light, question and transcend the bigger issues surrounding the current social/economic and environmental climate, as well as the complex yet senseless global injustices.
In my opinion, our awareness of the world, through the use of daily social media and education, has brought about a virtual mapping of our planet – perceived now as one. The global change of consciousness brings a sense of immanency. This creates a responsibility that concerns each of us individually where we can all explore new and mindful concepts in our approach to valuing humanity alongside nature. – Emma Dex Dexter
Concerned with the nature of capitalism and the belief that a society governed by excessive greed and consumerism has forfeited freedom and trust, UNIVERSAL CABARET is an optical illusion showing scissors dancing a cabaret. Their movements around the currency-covered globe create a tension between the two elements, or images of the piece. The scissors keep on dancing around the suspended globe, establishing its own dimension and time in the context of the piece.
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