The Slow Heat IV
Digital photographic print on paper, framed
Single primed edition print 1/1, signed by the artist
Paper type: Canson Infinity Arches Aquarelle Rag 310gsm Matter
Paper size: 210 x 297mm
Frame size: 420 x 344 x 28mm
The series The Slow Heat (I-VI) was photographed by Summer Shimizu in Leandro Erlich’s The Swimming Pool (2004) installation at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.
Through the practice of photography, these images explore modern society, and the development of the global environment. The images elicit the sensory experience of a very hot and humid summer, through resemblance to distorted perception which can be caused by heat. The set-up within The Swimming Pool, where these photographs are taken, create instant and mutual conversations between two parties, high and low. Specifically in Japan, but also globally, this conversation is timely; recently in Japan a heat waves pushed temperatures to a record high of 41.1 degrees Celsius.
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Summer Shimizu is interested in the perspective of individuals in relation to wider current social, cultural and political systems. The conversations the artist has with others become triggers which are then transformed into the fundamentals of a work’s structure. Their recent practice has been focused on the act of translating cultures, towards overcoming intercultural barriers.
By highlighting aspects of one’s own culture and exhibiting this work in a range of cultural contexts, international exchange is intended to progress shared understandings. Shimizu employs a range of media and materials as required and as in relation to the subject. Her work often manifests in photography and sculpture and site specific installation.