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A Quick Walk Through Chiharu Shiota’s Striking Key Installation at the Venice Biennale

December 7, 2015

Christopher Jobson

Earlier this summer artist Chiharu Shiota unveiled her magnificent installation ‘The Key in the Hand‘ at the 2015 Venice Biennale. The sprawling artwork incorporates several old wooden boats, above which a dense cave-like network of red string suspends 50,000 donated keys. Though we wrote about the piece here on Colossal back in May, this video filmed by Sergey Khodakovskiy gives a fantastic sense of what it was like to walk through the artwork if you couldn’t make it to Venice.

 

 



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Installation Artist Chiharu Shiota Casts a Tangled Web of Thread and Keys at This Year’s Venice Art Biennale

May 8, 2015

Kate Sierzputowski

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The Key in the Hand, 2015, red wool, old boats, old keys. All photos by Sunhi Mang

The 2015 Venice Art Biennale is home to Chiharu Shiota‘s ‘The Key in the Hand,’ an elaborate entanglement of red wool and keys that dangle above two ancient looking boats. Living within the biennale’s Japan pavilion, the installation nearly blocks out the ceiling with its mass of crossing strings, and includes a collection of more than 50,000 keys.

The piece points towards memory through its composition of materials as the keys were collected from thousands of people around the world. Each key holds memories of the individual through their previous daily use, and now hangs amongst the many other memory-tied talismans above the heads of passing visitors. “Keys are familiar and very valuable things that protect important people and spaces in our lives,” said Shiota. “They also inspire us to open the door to unknown worlds… I would like to use keys provided by the general public that are imbued with various recollections and memories that have accumulated over a long period of daily use.”

The Japanese performance and installation artist often employs the use of everyday objects like beds, windows, and shoes within her work to explore the relationship between living and dying and to access memories found within these objects. Often Shiota’s installations fill an entire room, yet hold a delicate and poetic composition. Recent solo exhibitions include “Follow the Line” at the Japan Foundation in Cologne, Germany, “Chiharu Shiota: Works on Paper” at Hadrien de Montferrand Gallery in Beijing, China, and “Seven Dresses” at Stadtgalerie Saarbrücken in Saarbrücken. Shiota was born in 1972 in Osaka, and has been living and working in Berlin for the past two decades. (via designboom)

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Generational key copying by Daniel Bejar

March 18, 2011

Christopher Jobson

In his work entitled The Visual Topography of a Generation Gap Brooklyn-based artist Daniel Bejar made a copy of his apartment key and then made a copy of that key, on and on until a topography of the series was created.

 

 



Design

Cloud Keyring Holder

February 2, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Cloud is a limited edition keyring holder by Duncan Shotton that holds your keys like glorious magnetic lightening. It will be available at designboom mart, stand AG:35A, Stockholm furniture fair in Sweden, from the 8th-12th February. Or, if you’re lucky it might appear sporadically on etsy. (via notcot)