Ilana Halperin // Geologic Intimacy (Yu no Hana) opens in Aberdeen

April 4, 2017 § Leave a comment

A new geothermal art/science project curated by Naoko Mabon (Aberdeen, Scotland and Beppu, Kyushu, Japan)

Exhibition runs: 31st March – 29th April 2017

Location: Peacock Visual Arts. 21 Castle Street. Aberdeen AB11 5BQ

Curator’s tour: 22nd April 2017, 3pm
Artist’s Talk: Saturday 1st April 2017, 3.00-4.30pm

Ilana Halperin will be in conversation with Professor Tim Ingold from the Anthropology Department of the University of Aberdeen and Peacock Visual Arts’ Director Nuno Sacramento about her exhibition.

Peacock Visual Arts are delighted to present Geologic Intimacy (Yu no Hana) by Ilana Halperin. Following the first showing of this work at Fujiya Gallery Hanayamomo in Kyushu, Japan, Geologic Intimacy (Yu no Hana) will extend to include a new series of prints commissioned by Peacock.

This project marks the first time Halperin has exhibited in Japan and Aberdeen and continues a historical narrative between Kyushu and Aberdeen which began with the 19th Century ‘Scottish Samurai’ merchant Thomas Blake Glover.

For 20 years, Ilana Halperin dreamt about Beppu. In 1995, back in the urban geology of New York City, she found a book on the street about volcanoes. A chapter on Beppu featured – with photographs of children cooking eggs on the streets, steam coming through every crack in the sidewalk, and a pool as red as blood. In New York, steam vents erupted at every corner, but these were industrial rather than natural. She imagined a correlation between her home city and Beppu, a place with steaming vents and boiling springs, where daily life was lived and informed by a direct relationship with geothermal phenomena.

In 2014, Halperin went to Beppu for the first time on a research residency with BEPPU PROJECT. Geologic Intimacy (Yu no Hana) grew out of this time. Beppu is the second most geothermally active site on earth, after Yellowstone, USA. It is a primary location for the potential of geothermal power in Japan. Over the course of a year, new geothermal sculptures slowly formed in the Kannawa hot springs of Beppu. In September 2016, Halperin returned to Beppu to take the new sculptures out of the water and install a solo exhibition at Fujiya Gallery Hanayamomo, a beautiful listed Meiji Era building. The exhibition coincided with the blossoming of the venue’s 200-year-old Mokusei tree, reflecting philosophical approaches within Halperin’s practice – thinking in time scales longer than the human lifespan.

The exhibition at Peacock Visual Arts will feature new Japanese sculptures, alongside a geothermal sculpture formed in Iceland and new works on paper commissioned by Peacock. To employ experimental processes, field work, and traditional print-based methods, Halperin is developing a new series of work with Peacock’s Master Printmaker, Michael Waight, utilising Yame Washi paper – the oldest Japanese handmade paper in Kyushu which can last 1,000 years – in combination with hot spring minerals she collected in Beppu.

To pair with the ‘field pigments’ from Japan, Halperin visited Dr Allan Lilly, Principal Soil Scientist at The James Hutton Institute in Aberdeen in January 2017, who introduced her to the National Soils Archive founded in 1934. A selection of Scottish soil was generously donated to the project, including soil sourced from Slighhouses Farm where James Hutton, the ‘Father of Modern Geology’, farmed and began to formulate radical ideas about the age of the earth and deep geologic time. The nature of materials within these new works reflects the unique processes which formed the geothermal sculptures in Beppu, continuing the narrative of exchange between places intrinsic to this project.

Halperin and Mabon are working with the Glasgow based design studio Graphical House on a limited edition Artist Book that will mark the completion of the project, acting as a printed matter response to this ambitious and culturally diverse project. For more details on the publication visit the project website :

Between Poles and Tides at Talbot Rice

February 20, 2017 § Leave a comment

Between poles and tides : New Acquisitions from the University of Edinburgh Art Collection

February 11 – May 6, 2017

David Batchelor, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Ilana Halperin, Jessica Harrison, Fabienne Hess, Daniel Hughes, Daisy Lafarge, Jonathan Owen, Katie Paterson, Isobel Turley, Luc Tuymans, JL Williams

Between poles and tides speaks of elemental forces, natural rhythms, destruction, social discord and displacement. Consisting of works recently acquired by the University of Edinburgh Art Collection, the exhibition brings together artists exploring subjects including cosmology, politics and Deep Time, dealing with these concerns in universal, poetic and deeply personal ways. Including works from recent graduates to acclaimed international artists, Between poles and tides showcases the critical, imaginative and pedagogic possibilities opened up by the University’s new approach to collecting.  

Following the University of Edinburgh and Edinburgh College of Art merger in 2011, the Art Collection was rejuvenated. With the aim of supporting research, teaching and public engagement, works are acquired from the annual ECA Degree Show, from notable alumni and artists exhibited at Talbot Rice Gallery. As a result, the Collection has significantly expanded to become a resounding celebration of the creative community in Edinburgh.

Between poles and tides is accompanied by a diverse programme of events that pair artists with academics, mirroring the important ecology that fostered the breadth of ideas reflected by the exhibition. Unpacking the complex and ambitious concepts contained within the artworks, these unique events extend the underlying principle of the Collection: to provide present and future generations with a catalyst for their own curiosity, engagement and learning.


November 22, 2016 § Leave a comment

Geothermal wonder at Fujiya Gallery…


September 15, 2016 § Leave a comment

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For details of the opening event and all our geothermal investigations in amazing Kannawa!

MINERALS OF NEW YORK coming soon with Flint Magzine…

August 31, 2016 § Leave a comment 

GEOLOGIC INTIMACY (Yu no Hana) opens September 24 in Beppu…

August 31, 2016 § Leave a comment


August 31, 2016 § Leave a comment


27. August – 20. November 2016

Kunstmuseum Thun

The exhibition The forces behind the forms – a title that goes back to the artist and geologist Per Kirkeby – is dedicated to the exploration of matter and the forming processes in contemporary art. The exhibition covers works that reflect on creative processes and shaping forces of nature, translating them into an artistic form and explore their references to human beings. With an inquisitive mind the artists travel around the world and develop a geology of our present in found objects and new conglomerations. They use geology as a language in order to make our understanding of time as well as our relationship to a constantly changing environment accessible and find corresponding forms of expressions for creative processes of nature and growth processes in various artistic media. They moreover deal with the consequences of our treatment of nature, matter and ultimately ourselves. With artists Jonathan Bragdon, Nina Canell, Julian Charrière, Olafur Eliasson, Ilana Halperin, Roger Hiorns, Per Kirkeby, Katie Paterson, Giuseppe Penone, Jens Risch and guests, Hans Schabus, George Steinmann.