Private View Thursday 22.11.12 @ 18:00 - 20.30
Features new photographic works
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The exhibition ’In-between’ brings together the work of three young artists, Alison Heath, MAYU and Akiko Takizawa and takes place at the gallery space of ‘Colour Makes People Happy’, East Dulwich, London. Although these artists have reached this point from different beginnings each through their own journey, share a common experience; a sense of detachment to their surroundings that has led them to question the notion of In-between. Standing on the line between these two states all three artists offer you the chance to escape the everyday and invites you into a space that although holds resemblance to reality will take you on a journey to an imaginary space located in the mind.
Alison Heath has been pre-occupied with the City and our relationship to it for some time. In this investigation she explores how external factors dictate and alter our movement through a space, physical constraints such as architecture but also social attributes that’s are inscribed onto our bodies; gender, class, race and sexuality. She leaves the constraints of reality and instead creates a city located in the geography of the imagination where rules can be broken and our only restriction is our freedom to imagine.
The Japanese Artist, MAYU, embraces the realms of the fantastical and joyously celebrates its place in reality of contemporary culture, with a knowingness of the strangeness of the real world. She refuses to believe in any perceived cerebral limitations. By pursuing a practice that imagines the impossible colliding with the real, MAYU creates images that are rich in contradiction. They act as a cultural repository for the craziness and caprices of modern life. Within them she blends Eastern Mythology with western folklore.
Akiko Takizawa grew up in a culture with a blurred border between life and death. Since she was young, she felt as if she was observing the world through the eyes of a third person. This sense of detachment to her surroundings adds an intriguing factor to the choice of the motifs in her works. Takizawa says, “I feel that my camera acts as an aerial – to detect signals carrying urgent messages”. Some of her images capture the traditional and rapidly disappearing Japanese attitudes towards families and communities.
Fragments of these spaces juxtapose within the works of photography and print, creating tensions and suggestions of possible undefined places to inhabit.
All three artists graduated from the Royal College of Art, London in 2005/06 with an MA in Fine Art, Printmaking and are based in London.
Since completing her MA, Alison has exhibited extensively in a number of group shows in London, including at the Royal Academy of Arts, London and in Europe and the US. Alongside her own practice Alison has completed a PGCE from the University of Westminster in 2010 and teaches on Higher Education and Adult Education courses.
MAYU received her Professional Doctorate in Fine Art from the University of East London in 2008. She has since exhibited at Kabutoya gallery, Tokyo, Japan and selected project organizations including those at Leeds Met Gallery and Leeds and Gazelli Art House, London, UK.
Akiko has exhibited at Daiwa Anglo Japanese Foundation London in 2012, Summer Show Royal Academy of Arts London in 2012,2010&2006, Bloomberg New Contemporaries London 2006, Hitotsuboten Photography competition Guardain Garden Tokyo 2006.
For further information on the exhibition please contact the artists directly
Alison Heath visit alisonheathart.com and email firstname.lastname@example.org
MAYU visit m-a-y-u.com and email email@example.com
Akiko Takizawa visit akikotakizawa.com and email firstname.lastname@example.org