Publication Launch/ Ilana Halperin/ Geologic Intimacy Yu no Hana

April 28, 2017 § Leave a comment

Please join us to celebrate the launch of Geologic Intimacy (Yu no Hana), a new publication recording the two-year project by artist Ilana Halperin, curated by Naoko Mabon, between the Japanese island of Kyushu and Scotland.

Friday May 5, 2017. 5pm to 7pm | Publication Launch with project introduction by Naoko Mabon at 5.30pm.

Patricia Fleming Projects, Glasgow

To conclude this ambitious project, Halperin and Mabon worked with the Glasgow design studio Graphical House on a limited edition Artist Book. The soft cover publication has 16 pages of full colour images and texts in both English and Japanese language. It acts as a printed journey reflecting the diversity of the locations and cultures involved in the project. It captures the philosophical and poetic approaches within Halperin’s practice of thinking in time scales longer than the human lifespan.

Geologic Intimacy (Yu no Hana)

Softcover publication, 16 pages with texts by Ilana Halperin and Naoko Mabon.

Designed and published by Graphical House.

Printed in a limited edition of 100 copies.
Available to purchase at £12.00 (excl. P&P). Special Launch price £10.00

ISBN 978-1-9997126-0-0
For more on the project, please visit:
This project is supported by: Creative Scotland; Aberdeen City Council; Peacock Visual Arts; NPO BEPPU PROJECT; The Elephant Trust; Graphical House; and Patricia Fleming Projects.

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 :

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