International exhibitions James Yamada, Parasol Unit, London

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James Yamada
Parasol Unit, London (UK).

23.11.2011 - 18.03.2012





















































07.09 - 25.11.2012
































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Inaugurating Parasolstice – Winter Light, a series of outdoor projects to be realised by various international artists, The summer shelter retreats darkly among the trees by American artist James Yamada is a dramatic installation in the foundation's outdoor space.

The aluminium structure of Yamada's installation both shelters visitors from bad weather and offers them some privacy. Integrated into its rooftop are 28 light elements at 10,000 lux, which is the sunlight-mimicking intensity referred to as 'full spectrum light'. This is the light commonly used in light therapy to treat the symptoms of SAD (seasonal affective disorder). First identified in 1984, SAD affects people in various regions of the world where, especially during the winter months, a lack of sunlight can cause depression, loss of energy and sleep deprivation. Exposing an individual to certain wavelengths of full spectrum light is recognised by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) to be a highly beneficial treatment for SAD. The focus of The summer shelter retreats darkly among the trees is to involve visitors in an uplifting and insightful experience. During the darkest months of the year, they are encouraged to enjoy the benefits of exposure to bright light.

James Yamada has forged a reputation for making ingenious constructions that create encounters between nature and technology. In The summer shelter retreats darkly among the trees the artist highlights how recent technology benefits mankind by helping to prevent illness. The issue of satisfying human interest in and dependency on technology is all-pervasive in Yamada's work and epitomised in The summer shelter retreats darkly among the trees.



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Exhibition November 23, 2011 - March 18,2012. Parasol Unit, 14 Wharf Road - London N1 7RW. Opening hours : Monday : by prior arrangement - Tuesday-Saturday, 10 am - 6 pm - Sunday, 12-5 pm.








James Yamada, The summer shelter retreats darkly among the trees, 2011, 3,65 x 2,74 x 2,74 m © James Yamada


James Yamada, The summer shelter retreats darkly among the trees, 2011, 3,65 x 2,74 x 2,74 m. Parasol Unit installation view. Photo : Stephen White James Yamada, The summer shelter retreats darkly among the trees, 2011, 3,65 x 2,74 x 2,74 m © James Yamada James Yamada, The summer shelter retreats darkly among the trees, 2011, 3,65 x 2,74 x 2,74 m © James Yamada

James Yamada, The summer shelter retreats darkly among the trees, 2011, 3,65 x 2,74 x 2,74 m. Parasol Unit installation view. Photo : Stephen White