2017 / Ilana Halperin / Geologic Intimacy (Yu No Hana) / Patricia Fleming Projects
22 Sep - 14 Oct 2017
Developed over a two-year period, Geologic Intimacy (Yu No Hana) continues the historical narrative between the Japanese island Kyushu and Scotland which began with the 19th Century ‘Scottish Samurai’ merchant Thomas Blake Glover.
The exhibition features geothermal sculptures formed over the course of a year, in the Kannawa hot springs of Beppu, alongside a geothermal sculpture formed in Iceland and new works on paper. To employ experimental processes, field work, and traditional print-based methods, Halperin developed a new series of prints with Peacock’s Master Printmaker, Michael Waight, utilising Yame Washi paper – the oldest Japanese handmade paper in Kyushu which can last 1,000 years – in combination with hot spring minerals she collected in Beppu and a selection of Scottish soil from The James Hutton Institute’s archive.
Geologic Intimacy (Yu No Hana) was previously shown in Fujiya Gallery Hanayamomo, Kyushu, Japan; Peacock Visual Arts, Aberdeen, Scotland and The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, Scotland.
The project was supported by Creative Scotland, Aberdeen City Council, Peacock Visual Arts, NPO BEPPU PROJECT, The James Hutton Institute, The Elephant Trust, Graphical House. Curated by Naoko Mabon.