HOLD: Akira Akira and Bianca Hester

10 October to 8 November 2014
HOLD comprises new sculptural work by Akira Akira and Bianca Hester.

Drawing ideas and inspiration from different fields and sources such as cooking, sport, philosophy, design and architecture, Akira Akira’s spatial practice is centred around intuitive experimentation with processes and materials. For HOLD, Akira presents a series of suspended sculptures that also function as spatial anchors. Alongside these forms sit fleeting sculptural gestures.

A multidisciplinary and highly collaborative artist, Bianca Hester’s practice comprises an exploration of the material, social and spatial relations that shape public spaces. For HOLD, Hester presents a number of cast bronze ‘solar objects’, many of which were originally constructed for the purpose of being held towards the sun’s light by a group of people – performative gestures that sought to witness the recurring relationship the sun makes to the materials of the earth that stand in its fleeting pathway.

Akira and Hester have engaged in one another’s practices at various times, but HOLD is the first time their work will be brought into focus together, and represents an opportunity for the artists to tease out some of the material and conceptual concerns that continue to both connect their work and hold their interest.


Akira Akira graduated from the South Australian School of Art with a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) in 2006 and completed a Master of Fine Art (by Research) at the Victorian College of the Arts, the University of Melbourne in 2013. Recent group exhibitions include: Roppongi Crossing 2013: Out of Doubt at Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2013–14); Assembly at Bus Projects, Melbourne; Arte Magra at the Australian Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide (both 2013); Shifting Geometries at the Australian Embassy, Washington D.C. (2012); Post-logical Form, Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, Adelaide (2011) and Primavera 2010, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2010). He has held solo exhibitions at West Space, Melbourne (2014), Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide (2013), Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, Melbourne (2012), Utopian Slumps, Melbourne (2009), Canberra Contemporary Art Space (2008) and the Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide (2006). In 2013 Akira undertook an Australia Council Studio Residency at Helsinki International Art Program, Helsinki and from late 2014 he will undertake an Australia Council Studio Residency in Tokyo. His works are held in the collections of the University of South Australia and Artbank.


Bianca Hester, Past Exhibitions