​まばたきさえー散りばめられた時間と集積ー

​AZUMATEI PROJECT / Yokohama 2020

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#14 Even A Blink - Scattered Time and  Accumulation

Artist: Hidetada Karasuyama

Date: June 20 – July 19, 2020

Featured live performance:

June 18… Even A Sediment by Soft-Concrete x Hidetada Karasuyama

Having set his heart on becoming a painter from a young age, and subsequently graduating from Tama Art University seventeen years ago, Hidetada Karasuyama has now begun to reach maturity as a painter. Ten years ago, he went back to his hometown in Isahaya, Nagasaki, and bought an old house atop a small hill, creating his atelier amidst an idyllic  rural landscape.  He works surrounded by the countless  objects he has collected and cherished, all displayed neatly in the house. A keen collector whose proclivities range from art-objects to antiques and dolls, he has lately caught the bug for junk, with a particular fondness for scrapped motorcycles.

 

At our 10th exhibition Possible or Not Impossible held in 2019, Karasuyama first applied this inveterate collector’s temperament directly to his works. Over the intervening year, he has busied himself with collecting pigment. He gathers dust, leaves, and pieces of junk – anything that shows promise for use as pigment – wherever he can find them, whether the sides of busy roads, the tidal flats around the Ariake coast, or the forests and streams of nearby mountains. He grinds his finds up in a mortar, sifts them, and then carefully bottles and labels each with the date, location, and condition. He says there are several factors involved in his decision to gather each pigment, such as his empirical imagination for color development, the characteristics of the place, and the nature of the materials themselves.

 

Meanwhile, he has also long been engaged in work a particular piece. Karasuyama built a large square frame (270 x 270 cm) with four wooden poles, over which he stretched a translucent organdy material in lieu of canvas, where he has been painting circles and squares using tiny stippling-esque dots. The canvas wraps around the wooden poles, and the stippling continues around the frame’s edge, so that the visible range expands and contracts by a matter of millimeters depending on the viewer’s actual standpoint. He told me the idea was inspired by the roundness of the horizon. Moreover, the translucence of the canvas also enables him to work from both sides of the tableau to impart the surface with a fluctuating effect, which enables the painting to evince a range of expression, depending on the condition of the wall where it is hung, as well as the lighting.

 

Painters are fated to keep fixing pigment on square canvases. Karasuyama is undoubtedly a member of this curious breed. He recognized the possibility in the medium, and developed his own style through a struggle with his own painterly philosophy that everything originates from a dot. This exhibition marks his first solo presentation in six years. Visitors will experience the fruits of his time-intensive efforts rendered in his new homemade natural pigments, filling three distinct spaces in the Azumatei Project.

                                                                                                    Jun Azumatei (contemporary artist)

#14 まばたきさえ - 散りばめられた時間と集積

出品作家:烏山秀直 


会期:6月20日(土) - 7月19日(日) / 14:00-18:00

7月18日(土) 18:00- ライヴ・サウンド・パフォーマンス by Soft-Concrete × 烏山秀直

7月​19日(日)17:00- クロージング・パーティー

幼少より画家を志し、17年前に多摩美を卒業した烏山は、画家としての活動を成熟させつつある。約十年前に故郷である長崎県諫早市に拠点を戻し、近頃は田園風景が眼前に広がる小高い丘の中腹に建つ古い一軒家をアトリエとして使いはじめたようだ。そこにはこれまでに集めたという数知れない愛玩具が整然と並べられている。若い頃から収集癖が強く、美術作品はもとより、骨董品や人形、最近では廃バイクなど一般的には不要とされる物にまで手を伸ばしはじめている。
 

昨年末の“10 Possible or Not Impossible”展で取り組んだ作品がきっかけとなり、現在では顔料集めというコレクションに奔走しているようだ。繁華街の道路脇、有明海の干潟、山林や沢などあらゆる場所で顔料となり得る所謂ごみを集めては、すり鉢ですり潰し、濾して、瓶詰めにしたものへ丁寧に日付や採取場所やコンディションを記入している。どのような色を発するかという経験からの想像と採取した場所の持つ特性や素材の本質が採取を決定する判断であるという。
 

円柱状の4本の棒で矩形の木枠を作り、そこに半透明のオーガンジーを画布として張り、綿密なドローイングを重ねて、丸や四角などの図形を点として打っていく。という仕事に長らく烏山は取り組んでいる。円柱状の木枠に巻き込むように張られた画布には、巻き込まれている部分にまで図形が描かれていて、鑑賞者の立ち位置によってミリ単位で境界を伸縮させることになる。これは水平線や地平線のまるさからヒントを得ているそうだ。また半透明の画布は表裏からの仕事を可能にし微妙な揺らぎを生み出す効果と共に、壁面の状態や照明に大きく影響されることになる。
 

矩形の木枠に張られた画布に顔料を定着させるという宿命を背負う絵画。その形式に可能性を見出し、全ては点から始まると捉える画家のせめぎ合いから生み出された独自の様式に加え、採取した天然顔料を用いた新作を携えて、アズマテイプロジェクトの3つの異なる空間で6年振りの個展を開催する。(東亭順)

installation view | Photo by Hayato Wakabayashi