City & Guilds Of London Art School MA Fine Art Show 2015

City & Guilds Of London Art School
MA Fine Art Show 2015

Wed 9 – Sun 13 September

Wed: 9 Sept 5:00-9:00pm
Thur: 10 Sept 10am – 7:30pm
Fri: 11 Sept 10am – 7:30pm
Sat: 12 Sept 10am – 5:00pm
Sun: 13 Sept 10am – 5:00pm


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Saya Kubota’s practice revolves around memory and physical traces of the past which, although they have seemingly altered in form or even to have disappeared, still persist in the present time and space. Here, old and new, decay and growth, artifice and organic, human, animal and nature all share the same horizon of scattered parallel existences.

Dilapidated portraitures and abandoned objects, all once cherished, are modified as material images of art by Kubota’s hands. At this juncture, the artist’s gesture merges with the actuality of the original makers. The artefacts convey their presence as art that exceeds what they originally represented. Eyes are masked with fractal stones that disperse lights; multicultural icons of female saints are overlaid on each other; and binoculars are embellished and anthropomorphised as a potential extension of the human body. These various works signal anonymous forms of existence that inhabit the space of our collective dreams – an expanded reality found through a conscious departure. This could be a mythology, a night-time dream or an evolving memory.

Imaginations and memories kept afloat will be collected in the post boxes of the ‘Missing Post Office’. MPO looks after letters you’ve always wanted to write but did not know where to send. While awaiting delivery to an unknown destination, the letters are left to drift, floating in a liminal space in care of this unusual postal service. MPO originally opened on the small island of Awashima in Japan as part of Setouchi Triennale in 2013. Prior to establishing a temporary UK branch in January 2016 at London’s Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, MPO UK is now currently open to receive letters of undelivered thoughts from anyone who wishes to participate. / /

Text by Eiko Honda [curator]