June 9, 2022 Comments Off on MA FAMILLE POUDINGUE

Ilana Halperin’s solo exhibition ‘MA FAMILLE POUDINGUE / My Conglomerate Family’ is open through 26 June at Cairn Centre d’Art , Digne-les-bains (@cairncentredart).

‘Halperin’s singular work, inspired by geology, sparked interest from Cairn, which offered her a residence between 2021 and 2022, in order to study at close range the natural and geological phenomena of the UNESCO Global Geological Reserve of Haute Provence, located in Digne-les-bains. Working across weaving, watercolour, engraving, installation, writing and ready-made; art, science, philosophy and intimate narratives find a shared language.’

‘Mountains and rocks, which remind us they are the product of the living, become reanimated again, an infinite source of narratives, deeply embedded in our connected identities.’

Image: Ilana Halperin. Field Diary (Digne) 27, watercolour on Fabriano paper, 2022.

Further information here :

The Power of Wonder at Museum unter Tage

June 9, 2022 Comments Off on The Power of Wonder at Museum unter Tage

The Power of Wonder. New Materialisms in Contemporary Art at Museum unter Tage, Bochum Weitmar @situationkunstbochum continues until 9 Oct 2022.

Self Portrait as a Lava Bomb. Installation view at The Hunterian, 2019. Photo by : Ruth Clark

The exhibition features the work of Ilana Halperin alongside Agata Ingarden, David Jablonowski, Markus Karstieß, Robert Smithson, SUPERFLEX.

Ilana Halperin’s art reflects a special affinity between humans and their environment. With the work Self Portrait as a Lava Bomb, she declares the Icelandic volcano Eldfell, which first erupted only a few weeks before the artist was born, to be her twin. On milestone birthdays, Halperin travels to Iceland and celebrates together with Eldfell. The coloring of her large woven wall works, in turn, reference the textiles created by her mother, Gayle Portnow Halperin, a New York-based designer, in the 1970s. The layered structure of the fabric is reminiscent of geological processes such as the deposition of sediments. With the The Rock Cycle, Halperin appears as co-author in collaboration with the forces of the excessively calcareous water of the French stalactite cave Fontaines Pétrifiantes de Saint-Nectaire. Over months, the water has coated the ancient terracotta bricks she collected with a solid crust of sinter, giving the objects their actual character.

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June 9, 2022 Comments Off on FELT EVENTS OUT NOW

FELTS EVENTS is here!!! Available now at : /

Deepest thanks to the wonderful contributors, to the most brilliant dream of an editor @catrionamcara – and to @strangeattractorpress for working on this beautiful volume together… here is a little description :

Artist Ilana Halperin shares her birthday with an Icelandic volcano. Working through the aesthetics of geology since the late 1990s, her multifaceted, conceptual practice unearths the intimate poetics of rocks, minerals, and body stones.

Halperin’s fieldwork has led her from erupting volcanoes in Hawaii to petrifying caves in France and geothermal springs in Japan. Felt Events surveys the last two decades of Halperin’s output (1999–2020), representing a mid-career moment of reflection.

This collection includes critical and experimental writing from international curators Lisa Le Feuvre and Naoko Mabon, art historians Andrew Patrizio and Dominic Paterson, anthropologist Jerry Zee, and writer Nicola White. It also offers examples of Halperin’s performance lectures, some of which appear in print for the first time.

Felt Events introduces Halperin’s work to new generations of artists, writers, and environmental activists—those who will shape the critical landscapes of the twenty-first century.

A new project with Cairn Centre d’Art in Digne-les-Bains

January 5, 2022 Comments Off on A new project with Cairn Centre d’Art in Digne-les-Bains

It is my pleasure to announce a new project with the Cairn Centre d’Art in the UNESCO Geoparc of Haute Provence. Artist-in-Residence Autumn 2021. A solo exhibition in Spring 2022. Dates to be announced…further information can be found here :

Armchair adventures to Mount Stuart…

January 5, 2022 Comments Off on Armchair adventures to Mount Stuart…

Material from the solo exhibition There is a Volcano Behind my House at Mount Stuart and the audio work Excerpts from the Library can now be found here :

The Rock Cycle, 2021, Bricks and drainage tiles encrusted in new limestone deposits over 3 months in the Fontaines Pétrifiantes de Saint-Nectaire, Mount Stuart, Isle of Bute
Our Hands Enact the Geologic Process, part two, 2020. A collaboration with Knitstanbul. Install view at Mount Stuart
Field Studies (from Kilchattan Bay to Hawk’s Neb) 1-36, 2019, Watercolour on Fabriano Paper, Install view at Mount Stuart, Isle of Bute

The Library, 2020, Etched books of 400 – 800 million year old Inverness-shire and New England Mica, Install view at Mount Stuart, Isle of Bute
Our Hands Enact the Geologic Process (part one), 2020, Recycled wool. Install view at Mount Stuart, Isle of Bute

Excerpts from the Library: An Audio Field Guide

June 11, 2021 Comments Off on Excerpts from the Library: An Audio Field Guide

Excerpts from the Library is an audio field guide designed to take you on a journey from Glasgow to the Isle of Bute. The work is presented as part of Glasgow International 2021.

The field guide builds on Halperin’s narrative performative lectures to tell a new story of love, lava, loss and the unexpected journeys that we now find ourselves on together. It also marks the artist’s 20th anniversary of working on active, quiet and sleeping volcanoes. Listeners are invited to embark on a domestic geologic field excursion with the artist and contributors Andrew Patrizio and Veronica Geiger, which takes us into Halperin’s solo exhibition There Is A Volcano Behind My House, Mount Stuart, Isle of Bute.

We encourage listeners to experience it whilst travelling, walking, working or engaging in other armchair expeditions. We recommend listening with headphones.

Commissioned in partnership with Patricia Fleming Gallery and Mount Stuart Trust, with generous support from Creative Scotland.

Credits: Voices of Ilana Halperin, Andrew Patrizio & Veronica Geiger; Sound mix by Kaya Fraser; Mastering by John Harcus; Additional technical support by Charlotte Rogers; Design by After the News

To listen and learn more, go here :

Exhibition at Mount Stuart now online

May 10, 2021 Comments Off on Exhibition at Mount Stuart now online

I am delighted to share the link for Connelly Clark’s beautiful new film on There is a Volcano Behind My House at Mount Stuart – link below…

Detail view of The Library in There is a Volcano Behind My House at Mount Stuart. Photo credit : Keith Hunter Photography for Mount Stuart Trust.

Online exhibition from May 8. Exhibition opens for in person visits to Mount Stuart from June 6 – August 15, 2021


April 30, 2021 Comments Off on ONLINE LAUNCH FOR MOUNT STUART

Join us for the online launch of Ilana Halperin’s new exhibition at Mount Stuart.

About this Event

Continuing Mount Stuart’s ambitious Contemporary Visual Arts Programme this Spring we are delighted to invite you to the online launch of There is a Volcano Behind My House, a large multi-platformed solo exhibition by Scottish based artist Ilana Halperin. The exhibition at Mount Stuart focuses on new sculpture, using materials from the Isle of Bute, limestone from petrifying caves in Saint-Nectaire, France, and Mica from Maine, USA. The artist will also present work following a dynamic partnership with Bute Fabrics, a first for our Visual Arts Programme.

Join us on zoom with artist Ilana Halperin and Director of our Visual Arts Programme Sophie Crichton Stuart to watch a short film, by Connolly Clark Films, which explores the exhibition at Mount Stuart and the island that has inspired these new works. 

Following the screening there will be a short Q&A with Ilana and Sophie giving the audience an opportunity to delve deeper into the film. 

Register to join us on 8 May.

FOSSIL in print…

March 9, 2021 § Leave a comment

I am pleased to announce the publication of FOSSIL, which recently launched with Lost Rocks, as part of the 2021 Printed Matter Virtual Art Book Fair.

FOSSIL is part of Lost Rocks…

Lost Rocks (2017–21) is a conceptual artwork by A published Event (Justy Phillips & Margaret Woodward) in collaboration with 43 collaborating artists from Australia, UK, Europe, Canada, India and the United States.

A five-year slow-publishing library of absent geologies, Lost Rocks (2017–21) invents a unique taxonomy of mineralogical, metaphysical and metallurgical telling through 41 paperback ‘fictiōnellas’.

At the conceptual heart of this ambitious project sits a discarded Tasmanian geological specimen board, 41 of its 56 rocks are missing. This project seeks to replace the missing rocks, not with geological specimens, but ‘fictionellas’ — processual ‘telling events’.

Each Lost Rocks (2017–21) fictiōnella is published in a limited edition of 300  – an alchemical network of artists, readers and lovers of absence re-composed.

Listen to artists Ilana Halperin and Justy Phillips talk about grief and other felt things through Ilana’s fictiōnella, Fossil (2021) :

Learn more about Lost Rocks and buy your copy of FOSSIL here:

CRYSTAL CLEAR opens at Pera Museum

January 5, 2021 § Leave a comment

Crystal Clear

Pera Museum. Istanbul

22 December 2020 – 07 March 2021

Curated by Elena Sorokina, the exhibition features the artists Sammy Baloji, Minia Biabiany, Katinka Bock, Bianca Bondi, Gaelle Choisne, Sinem Dişli, Kıymet Daştan, Elmas Deniz, Gluklya (Natalia Pershina-Yakimanskaya), Deniz Gül, Ilana Halperin in collaboration with Knitstanbul, Gülsün Karamustafa, Yazan Khalili, Paul Maheke, Şener Özmen, İz Öztat, Hale Tenger, Güneş Terkol, Berkay Tuncay and Adrien Vescovi.

Ranging from almost perfect transparency to complete opacity, crystals have been used in all areas of human activity, from science to magic, from technology to healing. Scientists typically describe crystals as “growing”, even though in their eyes they are not alive. Many living organisms, such as mollusks, are able to produce crystals. In ancestral cultures, crystals and minerals are regarded as sentient. Indeed, they constitute a perfect example of the fluid and porous boundaries between the animate and inanimate, organic and inorganic. Taking crystals and their vibrant matter as a point of departure, the exhibition Crystal Clear goes beyond their emblematic use. Rather it aims to develop a contained ecosystem with diverse entanglements of the production, display, and recycling of the artistic, curatorial, and institutional work, material and immaterial. 

In collaboration with all the participating artists, Crystal Clear devises methods and tools for sustainable curating, going beyond just thinking about ecology or sustainability, but rather inventing and enacting principles allowing the reduction of the carbon footprint of exhibition making: radical limits on the shipping of objects, local collaborative production of exhibited work, creative recycling strategies, and extremely reduced travel for all the participants.

Conceived long before the advent of Covid-19 pandemic, the project was already developing models of programmatic changes for exhibition production. Interested in the imperfect contaminated transparencies of crystals and opacities of the soil, the project’s pre-Covid stage critically intersected with ideas from two books, “Down to Earth” by Bruno Latour and “The Transparency Society” by Byung-Chul Han. Today anyone can obtain information about anything. Everything—and everyone—has become transparent, unveiled and exposed. Yet transparency has its dark side and can turn into opacity, without us even noticing it.

But the pandemic shifted and bent many of our initial questions, which moved en masse into public discussions, getting new perspectives and points of view. Working through today’s Covid conditions, Crystal Clear offers the artists the possibility of engaging with these and other current mutations of our environment, seen through the crystalline optics.