Helen Mirra “Hourly directional field notation, Bretagne”

Dates: Nov 10 – Dec 8, 2012
Location: Taka Ishii Gallery (Kiyosumi, Tokyo)


Taka Ishii Gallery is pleased to announce Hourly directional field notation, Bretagne, our second solo exhibition with artist Helen Mirra, the first to be presented within the Tokyo gallery space. Mirra previously exhibited with Taka Ishii Gallery (Kyoto, 2009); her work was also included in the group exhibition Set, Taka Ishii Gallery (Tokyo, 2005) with Lisa Lapinski and Yuki Kimura. Mirra’s recent projects include gehend (Field Recordings 1-3) at Bonner Kunsteverein (Bonn, 2011), KW Institute for Contemporary Art (Berlin, 2011) and Haus Konstruktiv (Zurich, 2012), Farbenweg, indirekter, architecturally embedded among the houses of the Universalmuseum Joanneum (Graz, 2011), Instance the Determination at the University of Chicago (2006), the book Cloud, the, 3, with an afterword by Lyn Hejinian (JRP Ringier/Christoph Keller Editions, 2007), and a GSA Art in Architecture project at the Minnesota – Canada border (2010). Mirra’s work is presently included in both the 30th Bienal de São Paulo and Les Ateliers de Rennes, France.

The gallery is presenting works from Mirra’s recent walks in Bretagne (Brittany). These walks were substantiated through a series of terse field notes made over the seven hour course of each day; the notes ultimately serving as text for typewritten 16mm cotton lines, each hour represented by a one meter long line. The exhibited line works developed from Mirra’s present practice: a cycle of exhibitions in which walking in one region results in a body of work for exhibition and subsequent walking in another. From 9 October – 6 November Mirra walked in Western Japan, producing works that will be exhibited elsewhere.