À la fin du cher paysage
October 30(Sat) – November 21 (Sun), 2021
Nowadays, as globalization progresses and various information is shared on a global scale, it has become possible to treat issues that were once discussed within smaller units, such as a country, a local community, a family, or an individual, as problems that affect the entire world. These trends are bringing previously unseen problems to the surface and contributing to changing the world for the better.
We may have become keen to the issues that seem to become a trending topic. On the other hand, however, we may have become insensitive to the smaller issues around ourselves that we used to be able to pay attention to.
A designer, Jurgen Lehl says that,
I don't want to be bothered by what's going on somewhere else in the world. I only want to pay attention to what's happening in a very limited area around me. I feel like I would go crazy if I had to pay attention to the whole world. *1
*1 Jurgen Lehl (interviewed by Hisao Matsuura and Keiko Tanaka) 1986 "The Seduction of Natural Matieres," EUREKA, 18(3): 120-125
Through the development of technology and a large amount of information as the results of various research and experiments, we are able to understand the structure of others and the world more knowledgeably than ever. However, this increase in information is too rapid, even if our physical and mental capacities are extending.
This exhibition introduces four artists and a designer: Kim Hyunseok, Shinobu Hanazawa, Yuhei Makiyama, Robert Bosisio, and Jurgen Lehl, to encourage us to take a break from the information overload and confront our own reality.
The exhibiting artists take a unique approach to their own reality and make sense of the world. I hope that you will be able to find your own reality through their works.
Born in Mokpo, South Korea in 1990. Currently based in Yokosuka, Japan. When Kim was in the military, he was shocked to confront the reality that it is possible to kill people on the other side of the border by realizing that the people living there are also the human beings just like him. After his conscription, Kim began to study photography.
However, he was attracted not only to photographic expression, and he started to study oil painting at the Graduate School of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts. Without being bound by the academic framework of art history, he continues to freely interpret and express his ideas. He does not disregard such academic evaluation and methodologies, but they have less reality for him. There is an overwhelming reality lying in front of him, as there is for everyone. He approaches his reality without any self-deception. In this exhibition, he shows his new works and several works from his graduation project.
Born in 1989 in Kanagawa, Japan. Dropped out of Tama Art University in 2015. Hanazawa paints her utopian worlds that reflect elements of herself, based upon memories such as landscapes, films, special days with loved ones, and their deaths. Rather than depict a specific theme, her works represent a dialogue between herself, her “present” (or the combined sense of self-development up to that moment) and the canvas. ”_________ ” was previously exhibited under the name “long, long season” in September 2021. She has been working on this painting for the past few years, and it has developed since its last exhibition. A man and a woman stand smiling as they look out at us, coexisting in a peaceful rhythm with various animals, plants, angels and ghosts in this 8m long painting.
Born in Kyoto, Japan in 1992, he completed his MFA in Mural Painting at the Tokyo University of the Arts in 2018. Currently lives and works in Shodo-island. Through his paintings, he explores how to establish a relationship with all the phenomena and things around him. It is a dialogue with the world and others through the canvas, and also a dialogue with the canvas itself. He asks, "How can I complete one work as a painting, or intentionally leave it incomplete?" For Makiyama, the process of painting and his dialogue with paintings are not something that has an end, but a part of his life that goes on, like relationships and communication with others.
German designer, born in 1944, lived and worked in Japan from 1971 until he died in 2014. He designed not only fashion clothes but also a wide range of products such as lampshades and furniture. This time we will focus on a series of wooden stools from his brand "Babaghuri". These stools are hand-carved by Indonesian craftsmen to create unique shapes. Because of the time required for hand carving, the price is not cheap. However, because they are made of a single piece of wood, they are highly durable and use them for a long time. It will slow down mass consumption. He loved the rhythm of time in this kind of handmade work. It may not be a great power, but it can change the world little by little, just as a drop in the ocean will one day become the ocean itself.
Born in Trodena, northern Italy in 1963. Graduated from The Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. He currently lives and works in Trodena (Italy), Cluj-Napoca (Romania), and Berlin (Germany). His works are figurative, however, the object is not in focus. We can only see that it is there and imagine what it may be , but we cannot capture the exact outline or the whole image, so we have to make up for it with our own imagination. His works present the uncertainty of what we are looking at, therefore it supports our reality of what we recognize and our own perspective.
October 30(Sat) – November 21 (Sun), 2021
13:00 - 20:00
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
The 5th Floor: Hanazono Alley 5F 3-3-9 IkenohataTaito-ku Tokyo
4 minutes walk from Exit 2 of Nezu Station (Chiyoda line)
※Students are Free
HB. (HB. Collective)
The 5th Floor
Arts Council Tokyo
(Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture)
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