ALL THAT IS SOLID MELTS INTO AIR (PROVISIONAL TITLE)
SAT 9 UNTIL SAT 23 MAY 2009
ALL THAT IS SOLID MELTS INTO AIR (PROVISIONAL TITLE) marks Akira's first solo exhibition in Melbourne. PROVISIONAL TITLE at Utopian Slumps is the second instalment from the ongoing series ALL THAT IS SOLID MELTS INTO AIR, following WORKING TITLE at Canberra Contemporary Art Space in 2008.
ALL THAT IS SOLID MELTS INTO AIR is an ongoing project, presenting an unstable body of work in constant transformation, a topological process through which the artworks' relationships with different architectural spaces and institutional frameworks are in constant negotiation.
At the centre of the project both physically and conceptually sits Spillberg, an ongoing work from Akira that was first realised in late 2005. Through a number of its physical manifestations and other investigations undertaken concurrently, Spillberg has become a substance that contains several varying degrees of viscosity, hence fluidity, velocity and speed within its singularity. For PROVISIONAL TITLE, Akira continues to investigate this idea of multi-viscous entity in an increasingly expansive manner by incorporating a combination of architectural fragments, geological condensation and sculptural spillage.
Born in Japan, Akira lives and works in Adelaide, South Australia. He completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts at the South Australian School of Art in 2005 and has since held several solo exhibitions including 'All that is solid melts into air', Cube Contemporary Art Space, Canberra, 2008; 'Paint that never dries', Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide, 2006 and 'Modular 4', Project Space, Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, Adelaide, 2003. Select group exhibitions include 'Persuasion Equation', Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, Melbourne, 'Against Amnesiacs! Lifestyle Showroom', Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, 2006; 'Someone shows something to someone', Canberra Contemporary Art Space, 2006; 'Things will be great', MOP, Sydney, 2006 and 'Mentor/Mentored', Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, 2005. Akira's work is held in the collection of the University of South Australia.
Installation photography: Louis Porter