Thu 30 May '19 - Art / expo

Face to Face: Anastasia Shin <> When is a Door Not a Door? (UK)

A solo exhibition at WORM S/ash Gallery

Face to Face is a series of exhibitions at WORM S/ash Gallery during which artists engage in a dialogue with the audience. OPEN: 18h / Face to Face 18:15h – ENTRANCE FREE!

#2 – Anastasia Shin

When is a Door Not a Door?

So called ‘semantic characters’
Began appearing in strange contexts

(Falling from skyscrapers?)

Robust shapes,
Waterproof surfaces,
Edged in rusting-flambéed-steel.

(Awaiting new-use and communal habit?)

These cursive shapes were lying in paddy fields
Stretched over alleyways
And blocking traffic.

Dispersed and fragmented
But still monumental,
They lay open
In silent refrain

Join us on Thursday May 30th for a solo presentation of new work by Anastasia Shin. ‘When is a Door not a Door?’, is an exhibition of sculpture, image and installation which studies and pronounces the conditions in which meaning is made and accessed.

Anastasia Shin
Shin’s interdisciplinary practice investigates human behaviour and perception. Often tracing a specific word or object through time; she looks to tools, furniture or equipment to see how human behaviour and thought processes might be materially reflected. In this exhibition language is the tool in question.

Informed by the artist’s broader practice which engages with art as a form of knowledge production and poetry as a place for excess signification, while developing this work Shin began a language course: ‘Learning Mandarin through Poetry’. Refusing to abide by singular language grammars and rigid structures of meaning-making, Shin favours the detour; communicating in poetic and allusive forms. In her practice she tries to ‘invite in’ the live, flexible, vibrant semiotic possibilities, which may in-turn, encourage us to move beyond the tools of discernment we already use, and beyond existing cultural-linguistic limits.

Anastasia Shin (b.1987 London) is an artist and writer. She studied at Goldsmiths, BA Art Practice before participating in the 12-month postgraduate course ‘School of the Damned’ and completing her MFA at the Piet Zwart Institute in 2018. Her first solo show in the Netherlands, ‘Assume Every Rustle in the Grass is a Tiger’ took place in Amsterdam this spring and recent group shows include, ‘Self-Care while Smoking’ at Clog, Turin, ‘SNAKE HORSE GOAT MONKEY’ at Guest Projects, London, ‘T H IS I S A LL U R E’ at Wolfart Project Space, Rotterdam and ‘Power Nap’ at Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. She also co-edits the online publication project ‘Rotterdam Art Writing’. Follow Anastasia Shin on Instagram. 


In de serie Face to Face gaan kunstenaars die bij ons exposeren in de S/ash Gallery het gesprek aan met het publiek: leer ze kennen, ontdekt wat ze drijft, praat terug en ontwikkel zo een dialoog tussen maker en kijker. We gaan open om 18.00 uur en beginnen om 18.15 uur; de entree is gratis. In Face to Face #2 is de beurt aan Anastasia Shin en haar tentoonstelling When is a door not a door? In deze expositie met sculptuur, beelden en installatie gaat het om de vraag hoe betekenis wordt gevormd. Taal is daarbij het instrument dat ter discussie wordt gesteld.

Anastasia Shin (Londen, 1987) is kunstenaar en schrijver, die zich bezighoudt met menselijk gedrag en waarneming. Anastasia Shin studeerde in 2018 af aan het Piet Zwart Instituut. Haar eerste solo expositie in Nederland was ‘Assume Every Rustle in the Grass is a Tiger’, in Amsterdam; daarnaast was ze vertegenwoordigd op groepstentoonstellingen in Turijn, Londen, Rotterdam en Amsterdam. Shin is redacteur van de online publicatie ‘Rotterdam Art Writing’.  Follow Anastasia Shin on Instagram.