Rei Naito’s pillow for the dead 1998 (illustrated) provides a quiet memorial to those people who have no-a single to mourn their passing. The work’s miniature, gossamer sort is a metaphor for the fragility of our existence. This tiny cushion of air woven in sensitive organza and thread, tiny enough to match in your palm, is fragile and pretty much weightless but totally important — attributes the artist amplifies by presenting it by itself, cradled by a pedestal inside of a bigger quantity of space.
Expansive and inspiring, ‘Air’ at the Gallery of Modern day Art (GOMA) in Brisbane showcases additional than 30 sizeable Australian and intercontinental artists, reflecting the vitality of our shared atmosphere. Introduced across the whole floor floor of GOMA, the exhibition is a journey via this invisible, ethereal and critical ingredient, reflecting on awareness of our shared atmosphere as daily life-supplying, likely perilous and fast warming.
Rei Naito ‘pillow for the dead’
As with all of Naito’s work, pillow for the useless exhibits a sensitivity to the preciousness of the little object, an excessive focus to depth and end, and an consciousness of the interplay of artwork and environment. The artist frequently homes her fastidiously executed sculptures and drawings in objective-designed buildings that she results in herself, drawing on architecture and lighting as perceptual apparatuses that support stage the encounter of the work for the viewer.
Edited extract from the accompanying exhibition publication Air available at the QAGOMA Shop and on-line.
‘Air’ / Gallery of Modern Artwork, Gallery 1.1 (The Fairfax Gallery), Gallery 1.2 & Gallery 1.3 (Eric and Marion Taylor Gallery) / 26 November 2022 to 23 April 2023