ARTIST INFO

Yuji Honbori

Yuji Honbori has been working on the statues of the deities with second-hand cardboard from around 2007.

Constructed by sticking pieces of second-hand cardboards, they look transparent from the front as if filled with the light of grace. Meanwhile, seen from the side, they turn into masses consisting of complex layers and sections. This gap between the lightness of the material and the volume as a statue gives his work peculiarity as well as peacefulness.

Through his creation, Hombori’s works make us aware that it is important to “reborn” items consumed in our daily lives. However, it does not mean that he is just engaging in recycling or environmental movement, but that his creation is based on the idea of “metempsychosis.”

This idea derives partly from his experience of a huge earthquake in Kobe in 1995, which made him feel reluctant to use first-hand materials. His statues reutilizing disposable cardboards looks as if to model the wishes of those who underwent the terrible disaster.

 He has turned garbage into the deities as objects of worship, advocating “a paper (kami) thrown away, a god (kami) picked up” (parodying a Japanese proverb “while a god thrown away, another picked up” meaning “when one door shuts, another opens.”) Not only the surprise but also the dignity of his work cannot help but attract us.

Works

  • Title
    Aizenmyo-o (Raga-raja)
    Size
    36×17×h36.5cm
    Year
    2018
    Medium
    Cardboard
  • Title
    Taishakuten (Sakra Devanam Indra)
    Size
    27×48×h62.5cm
    Year
    2018
    Medium
    Cardboard
  • Title
    Benzaiten (Sarasvati)
    Size
    32×16.5×h40.5cm
    Year
    2018
    Medium
    Cardboard
  • Title
    Bishamonten (Vaishravana)
    Size
    27×24×h74.5cm
    Year
    2017
    Medium
    Cardboard
  • Title
    Aizenmyo-o (Raga-raja)
    Size
    36×17×h36.5cm
    Year
    2018
    Medium
    Cardboard
  • Title
    Taishakuten (Sakra Devanam Indra)
    Size
    27×48×h62.5cm
    Year
    2018
    Medium
    Cardboard
  • Title
    Benzaiten (Sarasvati)
    Size
    32×16.5×h40.5cm
    Year
    2018
    Medium
    Cardboard
  • Title
    Bishamonten (Vaishravana)
    Size
    27×24×h74.5cm
    Year
    2017
    Medium
    Cardboard

CV

1958
Born in Hyogo, Japan
1983
Graduated from Sculpture Division, Department of Fine Arts, Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music

Selected Solo Exhibitions

1987
City Gallery, Hyogo, Japan
1988
Amano Gallery, Osaka, Japan
1989
Amano Gallery, Osaka, Japan
1992
Amano Gallery, Osaka, Japan
1993
Gallery NAITO, Aichi, Japan
2002
TOR ROAD GALLERY, Hyogo, Japan
2006
Gallery Kitanosaka, Hyogo, Japan
2008
Gallery HAKU, Osaka, Japan
2009
Gallery HAKU, Osaka, Japan
2010
Gallery HAKU, Osaka, Japan
2010
INAX Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2010
"BUTSU", Hase Temple, Kanagawa, Japan
2011
ART FAIR TOKYO2011(NANZUKA booth)
2011
Gallery HAKU, Osaka, Japan
2011
"BUTSU", Hase Temple, Kanagawa, Japan
2013
"Fujin Raijin", NANZUKA, Tokyo, Japan
2014
"New works", AISHONANZUKA, Hong Kong
2017
"Yakushido", NANZUKA, Tokyo, Japan
2018
"Passion-Mihotoke" Gallery Yamaki Fine Art, Hyogo,Japan

Selected Group Exhibitions

1988
Festival of Contemporary Wood Sculptures, Gifu, Japan
1989
Kyoto Art Exhibition, Kyoto, Japan
1989
Ten Exhibition, Nara, Japan
1989
Japanese Contemporary Art Exhibition, Tokyo, Japan
1989
Contemporary Art Fair in Osaka '89, Osaka, Japan
1990
Artists in Hyogo Exhibition, Hyogo, Japan
1990
Festival of Contemporary Wood Sculptures, Gifu, Japan
1991
Tenri Biennale'91, Nara, Japan
1992
Artists in Hyogo Exhibition, Hyogo, Japan
1992
"The Surface of Dotted Line1992", Gallery NAITO, Aichi, Japan
2009
"LEXHIBITION", L Gallery,F-1, Aichi, Japan
2009
Kobe Biennale 2009, Hyogo, Japan
2011
"Shuffle", NANZUKA UNDERGOUND, Tokyo, Japan
2011
Kobe Biennale 2011, Hyogo, Japan
2012
"Shuffle II", Art Fair Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
2014
PRUDENTIAL EYE AWARDS, Singapore
2018
”Recycle Art Exhibition 2018", Sapporo,Japan