Chiharu Shiota

Edition Review

  • Chiharu Shiota, Follow the Line (2017)

  • Two-color lithograph, 80 x 60 cm. Edition of 20. Printed and published by Keystone Editions, Berlin. €1,200.
  • Direction (2017)

  • Lithograph, 50 x 41 cm. Edition of 20. Printed and published by Keystone Editions, Berlin. €750.

The Japanese-born, Berlin-based artist Chiharu Shiota is best known for filling architectural spaces with colossal cobwebs of yarn that obscure and protect objects within—chairs, clothing, beds and other markers of human presence. In her installation for the Japanese pavilion at the 2015 Venice Biennale, The Key in Hand, she suspended a thicket of red yarn from the ceiling above two weathered fishing dinghies; dangling from the cloud of yarn were thousands of old and battered keys, collected from around the world. These materials—boats, red yarn, keys and snarled spaces—are the subjects of Shiota’s recent lithographs with Keystone Editions, but the prints neither document the artist’s installations nor attempt to recreate the poetics of found objects; instead they rely on the artist’s hand.

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