Through The Surface

“Shimmering, just above the gallery floor, it is reminiscent of the play of light on water…”.


Through the Surface

Teruyoshi Yoshida’s installation, Surface of the Lake , is aptly named. Shimmering, just above the gallery floor, it is reminiscent of the play of light on water and beautifully captures the idea of the transient moment. In his work, Yoshida draws directly from his deep commitment and understanding of Japanese culture and ritual. This work was over 20 years old when it arrived at Fabrica and had been installed many times, mainly in sacred spaces. The surface of the work had the look of, what Yoshida describes as, ‘KIRE’ – fabric which has taken on the patina of time and experience. Sited in the decayed interior of Fabrica, it provided both context and starting point for two new commissions by Claire Barber and composer Edward Dudley Hughes; and the setting for Pendle Poucher, sound artist-composer in residence.

Prior to the exhibition, Claire Barber had recently returned from a research trip to Japan during which time she worked with Teruyoshi Yoshida. Her assemblage of dust, crockery and textile fragments, articulates her thoughts about ‘home’, ‘separation’ and ‘travel’ over the years preceding the exhibition at Fabrica.

During May 2004, cross-artform commissioning was put under the spotlight as new music was profiled alongside the works of Barber and Yoshida. For the first time, Edward Dudley Hughes made a site-specific composition for performance, in response to the exhibition.

Digital sound artist-composer, Pendle Poucher was artist-in-residence during the exhibition. He works with found and recorded environmental sound, which he digitally manipulates to create evocative music. During his residency Pendle presented four live audio/visual interactions at Fabrica, which, being improvisatory in nature, were fed by material gathered from visitors, staff, and the gallery itself.

Total Visitor Numbers: 14,229


Visitor Comments

Quite stunning. Looks like liquid as light catches the gold. It cheered me up!

Stunning! An absolutely beautiful space to be in. Sound, serenity and beautiful light, colour and texture. I love the way gold leaf shimmers and moves in the breeze.

I think it’s great, especially the tent and teacups.


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Photographs by Philip Carr