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Aiko Miyanaga

Installation shots of Strata: slumbering on the shore at the Central Library Liverpool, 2014, mixed media

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Aiko Miyanaga

Installation shots of Strata: slumbering on the shore at the Central Library Liverpool, 2014, mixed media

Image: Leo Bieber

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Aiko Miyanaga

Installation shots of Strata: slumbering on the shore at the Central Library Liverpool, 2014, mixed media

Image: Leo Bieber

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Aiko Miyanaga

Installation shots of Strata: slumbering on the shore at the Central Library Liverpool, 2014, mixed media

Image: Leo Bieber

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Aiko Miyanaga

Installation shots of Strata: slumbering on the shore at the Central Library Liverpool, 2014, mixed media

Image: Leo Bieber

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Aiko Miyanaga

Installation shots of Strata: slumbering on the shore at the Central Library Liverpool, 2014, mixed media

Image: Leo Bieber

Aiko Miyanaga

Aiko Miyanaga has created her first UK site-specific installations in Liverpool Central Library’s Picton Reading Room. This was the very first electrically lit public library, and for the exhibition the lighting is purposely switched off to commemorate its importance.

To Miyanaga, ‘a library is composed of strata of information – presents consisting within pasts. Where we stand by to observe, and what we choose to read represent certain boundaries and reflections of thoughts.’

Within the enclosed system of the glass case behind the library’s historic magnifying glass, the naphthalene sublimates and re-solidifies to release itself from the shape of the keys. Instead of disappearing into air, it is continuously crystallised through the conditions of temperature and humidity, and even the breath of the visitors. This lens – more than a century old – had been used instead of the readily available glasses today. It contains no trace of the words read through it over the years, instead rested air bubbles and crystallised naphthalene stand in place of the words, ideas, and imagination of the authors.

By contrast, the series of cast naphthalene keys encapsulated in resin books have a limited airflow, holding them in a stable state as they lie dormant for their moment to be integrated into reading. Miyanaga suggests the possibility of the crystallisation of the whole reading room, encapsulating it in a state of sleep, waiting to be awakened.

Through an array of media that may seem delicate, Miyanaga contrasts material resilience with nature in flux; her work reflects on our being and surroundings. Shore may be the boundary between sea and land, yet it is not a definitive line. The indefinite is a characteristic of her work, and makes each of us as a witness of connecting with
a larger whole, a stage in the continuous cycle of the elements. Her artwork becomes an apparatus that asks us to pause, to look beyond the present and to wonder with serendipity.

Born in Kyoto, 1974
Lives and works in Kyoto and Yokohama

Education

2008

MA Tokyo University of the Arts

1999

BA Kyoto University of Art and Design

Selected Solo & Two Persons Exhibition

2014

Strata: slumbering on the shore, Liverpool Central Library, Liverpool

2013

House, MIZUMA ART GALLERY, Tokyo

2012

MIYANAGA Aiko: NAKASORA –the reason for eternity-, The National Museum Of Art, Osaka

2011

beginning of the landscapes, MIZUMA ART GALLERY, Tokyo

2010

Doubles lumières – Aiko Miyanaga & Naoko Sekine, Maison de la culture du Japon a Paris, Paris

2009

dwelling in a boat, MIZUMA ART GALLERY, Tokyo
Mirage of Water, Shiseido Gallery, Tokyo

2008

Rowing Style, Public Offering, Kyoto Art Center, Kyoto
personal site by Aiko Miyanaga, Tozan Kiln, Kyoto

2007

Fireworks from the River – Miyanaga Aiko, Asahi Art Collaboration, Sumida Riverside Hall Gallery, Tokyo
tales dedicated to the dark, Sleeper Gallery, Edinburgh

2004

Katsuhiko Hibino/Aiko Miyanaga, INDEXLESS, Asahi Beer Oyamazaki Villa Museum of Art, Kyoto

Selected Group Exhibition

2014

Sapporo International Art Festival 2014, Sapporo Art Museum, Hokkaido
1974 part 1: 6 Artists born in 1974, The Museum of Modern Art Gunma, Gunma
Encounter 2014 curated by Yuko Hasegawa, Art Basel HK, Hong Kong
Soramimisora (rain palace), Hagi Uragami Museum, Yamaguchi

2013

Survive, Towada Oirase Art Festival, Towada Art Center, Aomori
Nissan Art Award Finalists Exhibition, BankART studio NYK, Kanagawa

2012

ZIPANGU, The Niigata Bandaijima Art Museum (traveled to: Takasaki Museum of Art (Gunma), Hachinohe City Museum of Art (Aomori), Akita Museum of Modern Art))
Mediations Biennale 2012, Zamek Culture Center, Poznan, Poland
Lady Dior As Seen By, Dior Ginza, Tokyo

2011

MASKED PORTRAIT Ⅱ, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York
Epic of Units, Gallery Hyundai, Seoul
Silent Significance, L MD Gallery, Paris

2010

Aichi triennale 2010, Aichi Arts Center, Aichi

2009

Animamix Biennial 2009-2010, Today Art Museum, Beijing
DISCOVERIES, ShContemporary 09, Shanghai
Platform 2009, KIMUSA, Seoul
Artist File 2009: The NACT Annual Show of Contemporary Art, The National Art Center, Tokyo

2008

Haptic, Tokyo Wonder Site – Hongo, Tokyo
Busan Biennale 2008 -Sea Art Festival, Me World, Busan

2006

Force of Nature, McColl Center for Visual Art, North Carolina

2005

City Net Asia 2005, Seoul Museum Of Art, Seoul

Award

2013

NISSAN ART AWARD 2013, Grand Prize, Japan

2011

The Gotoh Memorial Foundation new comer’s prize of art, Japan

2010

The Creative Tradition Prize, Japan Arts Foundation, Japan

2009

Best Young Artist Award, DISCOVERIES, ShContemporary 09, Shanghai, China
The Kyoto Prefecture Culture Prize, Japan
shiseido art egg 3, Award Prize, Japan

2008

Prize of shiseido art egg 3, Japan
Prize of Kyoto Art Center 2008, Japan

2004

Excellent prize of Selected Artist in Kyoto 2004 New Wave, Japan

2003

Prize of Gunma Biennale for Young Artists 2003, Grand Award, Japan

Public Collection

Takamatsu City Museum of Art, Kagawa
The National Museum of Art, Osaka
21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Ishikawa
Christian Dior KK

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