Setsuko Hara


22 January – 15 March 2013


Have a look at pictures from the Private View in our online gallery.


Setsuko Hara is an exhibition named after the Japanese actress most known for her role in Yasujiro Ozu’s Tokyo Story, who in 1963 retired from acting and who has since lived a reclusive life in the city of Kamakura. The exhibition brings together work by artists from the U.K, Norway, Italy, China and Japan as a collection of thoughts around this character and the mystery of her withdrawal from public life almost 50 years ago.


A book has been produced by Richard Bevan and Tamsin Clark and published by The Block to accompany the exhibition.  It is available to purchase from the Campus Bookshop, the Art Shop at Regent Street, and at Oriel Wrecsam priced at £8.00 or online by clicking here 



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Tom Benson                      

Rachel Bevan

Brendan Burns                 

Tamsin Clark

Lucy Clout                         

Chris Grygiel

Mike Marshall                    

Gabriele Porta                   

Hiromi Kawasaki               

Pernille Leggat Ramfelt      

Anthony Shapland             

Rebecca Spooner              

Aishan Yu                         


Put together by Richard Bevan


Lucy Clout. Born Leeds, UK, 1980. Lives and works in London. Recent exhibitions include Limoncello London, Transmission Glasgow, IPS, Bournville and inclusion in the LUX/ICA 2012 Biennial.


Richard Bevan. Born Maesteg, UK, 1980. Studied Fine Art at UWIC, Cardiff and The Slade, London. Recent exhibitions include: Forth & Back, Florence Loewy / Furnished Space, Paris; Brittle Crazie Glasse, Islington Mill, Manchester; Young British Art II, dienstgebäude, Zürich; The Difference Between The Name Of Something And What It Does, Cell Project Space, London.


Rachel Bevan. Born Maesteg, UK, 1983. Studied Fine Art at Glamorgan Institute of Art and Design Technology and Kingston University. Exhibitions include Super 8 Show, G39, Cardiff and Then+Then Shoreditch Town Hall, London. For the past several years she has been Activities Coordinator with the charity Every Link Counts in Maesteg, delivering art and media projects to young adults with learning


Aishan Yu. Born 1981, Chongqing, based in London, UK. Gained her BA in Oil Painting at Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, Chongqing (2004), and gained her MFA in Fine Art Painting at The Slade School of Fine Art, London (2008). In 2009 she won the Federation of British Artists Emerging Artist Prize in The Threadneedle Prize Exhibition. in 2008 she was commissioned by St Andrew’s Church, London to produce their The Station's of the Cross. Recent exhibitions include Zardoz, MOT International, London, Jerwood Drawing Prize (touring) and The Summer Show, Royal Academy of Arts, London.


Hiromi Kawasaki.  Born in Osaka, Japan mainly works on photography and also photographic objects to construct the time and space in the actual space and also in the image. To explore a potential in photography as a surface and material, she examines the form of representation in photography by adding some process such as layering, cutting, folding and drawing.  Studied at Chelsea College of Art and Design and Slade School of Fine Art.  Recent solo show tayu-tau at Cubic gallery ITEZA, Kyoto (2011). Selected group exhibitions include 痕迹 / Trace at Sanhe Museum, Hangzhou (2010), Twelve Constellations at Vulpes Vulpes, London (2010).


Gabriele Porta.  Born in Monza in 1981, he lives and works in Milan. After graduating at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts, Milan he won a scholarship and moved to London for a postgraduate Master Degree at the Slade School of Art. His work ranges through various media, video, photography, drawing and print making. By suspending and fixing an image his work tends to freeze that moment of passage between one inner emotional state and another. Isolation, solitude and suspence are all elements that contribute to the fascination of Porta's imagery.  Recent Exhibitions Include: Turtle Salon, Galerie Arnaud Lefebvre, Paris and The Inner Emotion of Being Alive, Federica Schiavo Gallery, Rome, Italy.


Tamsin Clark runs occasional projects from her home in Camberwell (and sometimes elsewhere) under the title Furnished Space. Recent projects include Forth & Back which took the form of a publication made with The Everyday Press, a Punctuation Programme event at Limoncello Gallery, London and an exhibition at Florence Loewy, Paris; But Mr Architect! with Richard Healy; Garden Cinema with Pernille Legatt Ramfelt and a collaboration with The Block PVM-2130, a library of video works initiated by The Block’s directory for the 21” Sony Cube monitor.  Tamsin recently wrote Some Thresholds, a text for Aishan Yu and is currently putting together a publication about Setsuko Hara with Richard Bevan to be published by The Block.


Tom Benson lives and works in London. He has a BA in Fine Art from St. Martins School of Art, London (1987) and an MA in Painting from the Royal College of Art, London (1989).  Recent solo exhibitions include, Subject to Change, at Hidde Van Seggelen, London (2012), Concept Space, Shibukawa, Noborimachi Space of Art, Hiroshima (2010), Larry Becker Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (2009), and The Field Institute, Raketenstation, Insel Hombroich, Neuss (2008).  In 2010 Benson's fourth artist book, In Black & White, was published by Bedford Press and Offset Editions, London.  Forthcoming exhibitions in 2013 include, Provisional Information, Camberwell Space, January, Setsuko Hara, at The Oriel Sycharth Gallery, Wrexham, January, and Schedule of Flawed Forms, Lion & Lamb, London, February.


Rebecca Spooner's installations are created using 'lo-fi technology’ such as Polaroid photography and particularly Super 8 and 16mm film, often presented alongside an array of natural materials and found objects.  An interest in the Welsh landscape in particular is captured in recurring motifs - borders, valleys, mountains, waterfalls and wildlife, which become metaphors for human emotions and desires.  Rebecca completed her MA in Fine Art at the University of Wales in Cardiff in 2004. She has since exhibited at Newport Museum 2006 as part of Cywaith Cyrmu residency program, Oriel Mostyn, Llandudno, Test Bed at Oriel Davies, Newtown, Open Empty Spaces, Cardiff and a solo show, The White Stag at G39 Cardiff 2008.


Brendan Stuart Burns was born in 1963; he currently lives and works in Cardiff. He studied Fine Art at Cardiff College of Art (1981 – 1985), and undertook a postgraduate in painting at The Slade School of Art, University College London (1985 – 1987). He won the Gold Medal in Fine Art at The National Eisteddfod of Wales in 1993 and 1998, and Welsh Artist of the Year in 2000 and 2003.


Mike Marshall lives and works in London. Recent solo exhibitions and projects include a residency and exhibitions at Artsway and Stour Valley Arts, No Love No Hate, Stanley Picker Gallery, The Intimacy of Distance, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, and Here is Fine, Tate St Ives. Group exhibitions include The New Forest Pavilion at the 54th Biennale di Venezia Everything is Going to be Alright, Tallinn Art Museum, Estonia, and Dimensions in British Contemporary Art, India, British Council touring. His work Days Like These gave Tate Britain’s second Triennial exhibition of contemporary British art its title.


Pernille Leggat Ramfelt was born in Oslo, Norway, and is based in London.  She gained her MA Fine Art at Slade School of Art (2008) and BA Fine Art at Central St, Martins (2001). Recent exhibitions include Forth & Back, Limoncello, London and Florence Loewy, Paris (2012) and Black Boards, Cubitt Gallery, London & Koh i Noor, Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen (both 2011). PLR is also the host of LIVING ROOM CINEMA, occasional screenings of artists films. Recent screenings have taken place at Furnished Space, London and Milton Keynes Gallery.


Chris Grygiel works in a library in the north of England where he scans old books. He studied at Newcastle University and the Slade. Sometimes he writes things or plays about with films. In his free time he enjoys reading, baking and cycling.


Anthony Shapland was born in Pontypridd, South Wales in 1971. He studied Fine Art at Southampton`s Solent University and at the Polytechnica De Belles Artes in Valencia, Spain. He spent the years following study in London and was involved in several artist led projects such as Cable Street Arts, and The Tannery. He is one of a generation of artists that are actively engaged in the commission and presentation of work by other artists as well as continuing to produce work themselves. Returning to Wales in 1996 he founded G39, an artist run project based in the centre of Cardiff. He is responsible for the curatorial content of the gallery, but, as is the case with many artist run spaces he also acts in a number of additional roles. During this time he has continued to produce work that has been exhibited nationally and internationally.


Put together by Richard Bevan         




Setsuko Hara
Pernille Leggat Ramfelt     No Title     
Postcard and ink   2012

Mike Marshall
A prism splits light (orange tree)
C-type colour photograph

Lucy Clout
Floor Paints, 5 Trees, Brackets, 2 Sets of Earrings

Hiromi Kawasaki
Folded Landscape
C-Type print

Chris Grygiel
There’s other places besides London
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