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The World is Not Small-1826
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September 5th, 2012 - November 3rd, 2012
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September 5th, 2012 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
 
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Vanguard Gallery is pleased to announce "The Exhibition of Yuki Onodera’s New Works: The World is not small—1826" will be on view from Sep.5th to Nov.3rd 2012 at Vanguard Gallery. About 10 photographic works chosen from the new series of "the world is not small -- 1826" will be featured, which has just been finished off the shoot by Onodera in this year. It's also new fine creations three years after her series of "12-speed" in 2008.

These new works are related to Onodera's continuous research "movement and bodies" as an extension of this subject. In creations "Roma - Roma" (2004), artist's focus is not the actual city Roma in Italy but other two "Roma" separately shot by two lens of her three-dimensional camera. And in the works "Below Orpheus" (2006), Onodera rushed towards the birthplaces of the disappearances and the Superman legend, the two points of contrary latitude and longitude on earth, to take photos of the farthest two places.

However, Onodera did not go any where for these new works to be shown. Instead, she collected place-names around the world, produced signage with these place-names rather like indicators and place them in a room with windows to shoot as if the whole room filled with a feeling of "somewhere is character". The whole scene looks like the ocean of signage in extreme surreal mood. To move your eyes to the transparent white windows, and then to look at the signage opposite to the light, you could find they are stretching away into the distance endlessly if you would like to give free rein to your imagination. But, could words actually be used as the objects for photograph? The artist also repeatedly asked to herself in the process of creating these photos.

Those places in arctic, hottest or desert regions very far from us were abstractly made into signage in different languages and were apart arranged in diverse azimuth and angle. The signage contain not only names of mountains, rivers, alleys, etc. but the names of flowers, persons, even the fictional animals' names. If these photo materials of place-names being considered as actors, the entire room is immediately turned into a theater space. We could gaze at these names and imagine freely to those distance indicated by these names. Thus, it clearly presents that the artist's new works are based on the clue of "movement and bodies", which have been followed closely by Onodera all the time.

In this day and age of network instantly catching the distant scene, the globle seems to shrink. However, easy having the panoramic view from distance just deprives our imagination. Now by viewing her works, we could follow Onodera's recalling the period of time before the invention of photography, feeling her memories of that former fond days. To looking at these place-names character and to fugue through distant under their guidance, isn't it allowing us to enjoy a moment of quiet in nowaday society with fast rhythm?

Look forward to your journey of Onodera's place-names with us.

《更行更远还生——奥诺黛拉 有机新作品展》9月5日将于Vanguard画廊隆重登场。这次将会展出奥诺黛拉今年刚刚拍摄完成的新系列《世界并不小-1826》中10幅左右的摄影作品,这也是奥诺黛拉继2008年的《12速》系列之后,时隔三年的全新力作。

新作品与奥诺黛拉之前一直在研究的「移动与身体」相关联,也是这个话题的延伸。2004年的作品「Roma-Roma」中,艺术家拍摄的并不是意大利的罗马,而是用立体相机的两个镜头分别拍摄的另外的两个罗马。而在其2006年的作品「Below Orpheus」中,奥诺黛拉则是赶赴了失踪事件和超人传说的发生地,地球上与之经纬度相反的另一点,用照片记录下了这相隔最远的两地。

然而新作里奥诺黛拉并没有去哪里,取而代之的,她收集了世界各处的地名,用这些地名制作了像指示牌似的标牌,将它们放置在有窗的房间进行拍摄,让人觉得整个房间都充斥着一种“某处就是文字”的感觉。整个场景宛如标志的海洋一般,及其具有超现实主义的意境。将目光移向透着光的白色窗子,再看光对面的那些标志牌,发挥你的想象力,它们连绵不绝地延伸到远方。可是,究竟文字能不能作为被拍摄的对象呢?艺术家在拍摄的过程中也在反复追问自己。

那些与我们相隔很远的极寒和极热的地方,亦或是沙漠的地方,在奥诺黛拉的工作室里被抽象成不同语言文字的标牌,并分别以不同的方位角度排列在了一起。这些名字中包含着构成它们的山川、河流和山谷等,还有花名、人名甚至是虚构的动物名也同样被包含在其中。如果将这些作为拍摄素材的地名作为一个个的演员的话,那么整个房间立刻就变成了一个剧场空间。我们可以凝视着这些地名,自由自在地发挥着对于他们所代表的远方的无限遐想。由此,我们可以清晰的发现,新作是架构在艺术家一直关注的“移动与身体”这个条线索上的。

在当今用网络瞬间获取远方景象的时代,让人觉得地球好像缩小了一样。然而,这些谁都可以轻而易举尽收于眼底的风景,不也恰恰夺走了我们的想象力吗。现在我们却可以透过奥诺黛拉的作品,透过她追忆的那段照片发明前的时光,感受着她对那段旧时美好的回忆。在现在这个快节奏的生活中,看看这些代表着地名的文字,并被它们引领着神游远方,不正是可以让我们享受片刻宁静吗?

展览将持续至11月3日,期待您与我们一起踏上奥诺黛拉的地名之旅。


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