wamono art contemporary

  • SIGNA SHELL II , 2018- Archive -
  • Ceramics
    H28 x 40 x 40 cm
    (Installation size)
  • An element 1.01, 2020
  • Bamboo (Madake)
    H 55 x 45 x 40 cm
  • Awakening, 2018
  • Bamboo (Madake)
    H 60 x 40 x 35 cm
  • Mark, 2019
  • Bamboo (Madake)
    H 40 x50  x40  cm
  • Fetus ll, 2019
  • Bamboo (Madake)
    H 75 x50 x45 cm
  • Manifestation, 2017- Archive -
  • Bamboo (Madake)
    H 60 x 45 x 30cm
  • Artist statement: I got the inspiration for this work when I saw a thick fog rising, as if it was a life form, from the mountain after dawn and early rain. I was trying to express the moment when the energy of nature is shaping a form, and show its flexibility and divine strength. 
  • Proof of life, 2018
  • Ceramics
    H 20 x 22 x 17 cm
  • When the beginning comes, the end comes. That is how all things are destined to be. To live is to die. The destiny of living things. Things change. There will be both development and decline. When you overcome trouble, the mother who finished her role is like a shell. In the long years to come, it evolves and changes slowly while witnessing the passing of time...
  • Living in eternity II, 2018- Archive -
  • Ceramics
    H 31 x 12 x 12 cm
  • When the beginning comes, the end comes. That is how all things are destined to be. To live is to die. The destiny of living things. To live is to change. Even for 1 minute or 1 second, a figure may not stay the same. This work captures the moment of slow change and decay over a long time.
  • Tampopo Blowin' 10.934, 2018
  • Acrylic, dandelion
    H 10.934 x 6 x 6 cm
  • Tampopo Blowin' 10.385, 2018- Archive -
  • Acrylic, dandelion
    H 10.385 x 6 x 6 cm
  • Living in eternity, 2016- Archive -
  • Ceramics
    H 37 x 11 x 11cm
  • Kaneko explains that this work expresses “the steady state of living, which slowly continues to alternate since its birth and will continue to change.” A fascinating piece in which she expresses this state of changing, whilst using the medium of ceramics which will not change. Although the piece may seem fragile at first sight, Kaneko was successful in achieving steadiness as a piece while completing her own expression using well researched methods of numerous glazes and firings.
  • In the midst of eternity, 2016- Archive -
  • Ceramics
    H 34 x 17 x 16cm
  • This work exemplifies the living state of a particle which came from a larger whole, and which then started to have its own mind.
  • Flower bud II, 2018- Archive -
  • Bamboo (Madake)
    H 56 x 36 x 29 cm
  • One bud came out in my garden. This bud seems full of conviction to complete its life without any doubts. The strength and the beauty of this bud is the central motif of "Flower Bud Ⅱ".
wamono art contemporary
Artist Statement

I find the sight of decay and aging over time somehow affecting, with a hint of nostalgia mixed in.
While summoning up distant memories, and pursuing responses to these,
I express life decaying and changing over many years.

時の経過と共に朽ち、古びてゆく様子に
私はどこか切なく、懐かしい気配を感じます。
遠い記憶に呼び掛け、その答えを追求しながら
“永い時の中で朽ち、変化しながら生きる姿”
を表現しています。

Biography
1993
Born in Hokkaido, Japan
2012
Second Prize, 20th All Japan Collegiate Snow Object Competition, Hokkaido, japan
54th All Hokkaido Collegiate Art Exhibition, Hokkaido, Japan
Highest Award in student section and Hokkaido Scientific and Cultural Association Award, 41st Hokkaido Ceramics Exhibition, Hokkaido, Japan
2013
Graduated from Hokkaido College of Art & Design, Specialized in Ceramics.
Award of Excellence, 6th Hokkaido U21 Exhibition, Hokkaido, Japan
Second Prize, 21st All Japan Collegiate Snow Object Competition, Hokkaido, Japan
2013-
Lecturer of ceramics class runs by Maruyama Kobo, Hokkaido, Japan
2014
STV Award, 43rd Hokkaido Ceramics Exhibition, Hokkaido, Japan
2015
Hokkaido Fire Mutual Aid Cooperative Award, 44th Hokkaido Ceramics Exhibition, Hokkaido, Japan
2016
Nakanishi Printing Corporation Award, 45th Hokkaido Ceramics Exhibition, Hokkaido, Japan
1st Japan Ceramics Society, Contemporary Ceramics Incentive Award Hokkaido Exhibition, Hokkaido, Japan
2017​
​International Hokuriku Kogei Summit: World Kogei Selection of 100 Exhibition, Toyama Prefectural Museum of Art and Design, Toyama, Japan
2018
Hokkaido Newspaper Award, 47th Hokkaido Ceramics Exhibition, Hokkaido, Japan
wamono art contemporary
Artist Statement

Individuals may consume less and care more for the environment, yet contemporary society seems to automatically grow more wedded to rules and control in the quest for expansion and profit. The accompanying proliferation of concepts will perhaps constrict the realm of the individual, regardless of human evolution or retrogression. In contrast, there are hardy things out there that exist without ever contributing to this ongoing cycle. I find myself strongly drawn to those like the dandelion, that manage to maintain a presence in the world despite receiving no care or consideration from humans, that humans actively strive to eliminate, yet which persist, and in my works pursue the relationship between the existence of these things, and modern society.

現代社会は、個人の消費が縮小化し、自然環境に配慮したとしても拡大、利潤をもとめ、しぜんにルール化し管理化していくようです。それに伴い増えていく概念は、人の進化や退化に関わらず個人の領域を狭く窮屈にさせてしまうのかもしれません。その一方で、長く続くこの循環に寄与することなく強かに存在するものがあります。タンポポのように私はとくに人が世話をしていないのにこの世に存在し続けるものや、人が排除しようとしても依然としてこの世に存在するものに強く惹かれるものがあり、その存在と現代の社会との関係性を追求しています。

Biography
1970
​Born in Fukuoka, Japan
1992-96​
Assistant cinematographer, Dentsu Prox (current Dentsu Tec)
1993
​B.A., Seinan Gakuin University, Faculty of Commerce, Fukuoka, Japan
1996​
Inspired by the works of Shiro Kuramata researching the designer
Became independent and moved to Tokyo. Worked as a freelance photographer and cinematographer in cinema and advertisement
2003​
Hummingbird Photography Award, Shinpusha Publishing
Through an encounter with an acrylic fabricator working with Shiro Kutamata, launched his own career as an artist
2004
​Started series embedding dandelions inside acrylic
2009​
Completed Dandelion (Tampopo), begun in 2004
2010-13​
Founding partner and president of Lighting Art Gallery, sponsored by Yamagiwa Art Foundation
2011​
Curated Ex Lighting Art exhibition, Lighting Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Director of photography for film Karappo, directed by Shogo Kusano
2013
​Organic EL installation, Dew exhibition, Tennozu site, Tokyo, Japan
Installation, Every Kinda People, Warehouse Terrada, Tokyo, Japan
2015
Installation, Dew, Zaku Zaku, Tokyo, Japan
2016​
Succeeded embedding a fresh flower inside acrylic
2017
​Participated as a guest speaker in the lecture, Shiro Kuramata for 21st century, by Roger Griffith (Associate Sculpture Conservator, The Museum of Modern Art, New York) held at Kogakuin University School of Architecture, Tokyo, Japan
2017-
​Lecturer, Department of Painting, Faculty of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo, Japan
2018
Participated as a guest speaker in a lecture by a lead designer at Zaha Hadid Architects held at Kogakuin University School of Architecture, Tokyo, Japan
2019
​Lecturer, Faculty of Education, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
wamono art contemporary
Artist Statement

In my work, the act of thinking acquires form; in particular when it comes to feelings between ourselves and others that are unable to be explained using conventional language.

Since about 2017 most of my work has revolved around looking at people close to me. The sensation is one of dismantling the subtle shifts in feeling sensed when around that person, and what might be causing those shifts, until the constituents of those feelings become apparent, then examining them from various angles, and reassembling them.

This sensation, and that of weaving strips of bamboo, are by nature very similar. Having dispersed the natural form of the bamboo by splitting it, I gather together pieces with suitable properties and use them to compose a work. In the month or two it takes to complete the work, both bamboo and thoughts take on new forms, and the responses thus generated, mine alone, accumulate inside me.

Social currents move faster every year, and a huge sharing of culture is underway that transcends geography and race. So as not to lose sight of myself within that, I am continually engaging in thought to confirm my own existence. Hopefully at some point my practice will go beyond the self to prompt or inspire thoughts in others.

 

思考するという行為が形を得ていく、特に、対他者との間にある既存の言葉では説明のつかない気持ちについて

2017年頃からは身近な人物に目を向けての制作が主軸になりました その人と接しているときに感じた、説明のつかない些細な気持ちの揺れ その揺れの原因がなんであるのか、気持ちの成分が見えるまで分解して、 色々な角度から検討してまた組み直すような感覚です

この感覚と、竹を編むことは性質がよく似ています 竹本来の自然な形を一度バラバラにして、適した質の部分を集めて作品を構成していく 作品完成までのおよそ1~2ヶ月を経ると、竹も思考も新しい形になり、 そうして生まれた私だけの答えが、自分の中に溜まっていくのです

社会の流れは年々速くなり、地域も人種も越える大きな文化の共有も進んでいます その中で自分を見失ってしまわないように、思考を繰り返して私の存在を確かめているのです いずれ制作が自己を超えて、他者の思考のきっかけやヒントになればと願っています

Biography
1986
Born in Kanagawa, Japan
2007
Completed Craft Arts (Bamboo Arts) Course, Traditional Arts Super College of Kyoto
2008
Traditional Craft Products Industry Promotion Association Chairman’s Award, 12th Graduation Exhibition, Traditional Arts Super College of Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan
2009
BFA in Bamboo Arts, Advanced Special Study Course, Traditional Arts Super College of Kyoto
2009-11
Technical skill instructor of bamboo craft arts in Venezuela as member of Japan International Cooperation Agency
2013-14
Clerical staff, Japan International Cooperation Agency
2014
Jury’s Special Award, 19th Japan Bamboo Arts Exhibition, Tochigi, Japan
2015
New Wave: Oita Bamboo Art, Beppu City Museum, Oita, Japan
Japanese Bamboo and the World Expo: A Century of Discovery, Japanese Friendship Garden, San Diego, USA
20th Anniversary Special Award, 20th Japan Bamboo Arts Exhibition, Tochigi, Japan
2016
38th Japan New Craft Arts Exhibition, Tokyo, Japan<
37th Kyushu New Craft Arts Exhibition, Fukuoka, Japan
2017
39th Japan New Craft Arts Exhibition, Tokyo, Japan
Kumamoto Governor’s Award, 38th Kyushu New Craft Arts Exhibition, The Kyushu Ceramic Museum, Saga, Japan
Grand Prize, 22nd Japan Bamboo Arts Exhibition, Tochigi, Japan
4th Reorganized New Nitten, The Japan Fine Arts Exhibition, The National Art Center Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Oita Bamboo Art – 50 years of history and future prospects, Beppu City Traditional Bamboo Crafts Center, Oita, Japan
2018
40th Japan New Craft Arts Exhibition, Tokyo, Japan
Oita Governor’s Award, 39th Kyushu New Craft Arts Exhibition, The Kyushu Ceramic Museum, Saga, Japan
5th Reorganized New Nitten, The Japan Fine Arts Exhibition, The National Art Center Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
2018-19
Japon-Japonismes, Objets inspirés 1867–2018, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, France
2019
41st Japan New Craft Arts Exhibition, Tokyo, Japan
Next Generation, Beppu City Traditional Bamboo Crafts Center, Oita, Japan

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