Mitsuo MARUHASHI Solo Exhibition “s ‘n r / s s ‘n c / w w 2”

Mitsuo MARUHASHI Solo Exhibition “s ‘n r / s s ‘n c / w w 2”《Statues and Rods 》Statues, objects, rods, desk, etc. 2019 Variable size

 Gallery Yamaki Fine Art is delighted to hold a solo show of Mitsuo MARUHASHI: s ‘n r / s s ‘n c / w w 2 from Sat, December 11, 2021 to Sat, January 29, 2022.Mitsuo MARUHASHI is an artist who was born in Kyoto in 1982 and is based in Hiroshima. Based on the theme of vision and perception, the artist evokes our daily action of recognize things, questioning the nebulousness of our recognition with the keyword of “perception comes from experiences.” His investigation and expression are realized mainly with sculptures and other media such as installations and movies without restriction of any single medium.
 In Statues and Rods, one of his series or works, Maruhashi starts from the ideas regarding the characteristics of sculptures such as “Solid Closure*1” of cubic spaces or “Compactness*2” to evoke our awareness toward “fullness,” an impression which “things” will bring, trying to unframe it through installations. In Window Washing, a series of video works, the artist projects the movie of washing windows continuously, making us conscious of the boundary between the world inside the movie and our real world. Another series Images & Characters, in which letters of words are put directly on the things indicated by these words, brings strange but pleasant confusion by a slight confrontation of images and characters inside our recognition. In these ways, Maruhashi has consistently experimented pleasantly on the deviation from our usual visual experiences. The artist also pays attention to our change of life and perception; In a participatory project Window Washing Somewhere exhibited at Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, the artist presented a new way of interaction between artworks and viewers under the influences of COVID-19 by expanding the artwork to the devices of viewers such as smartphones and laptops.
 This exhibition is the first solo show of Maruhashi at Gallery Yamaki Fine Art, and also in the city of Kobe, which will show several artworks picked up from his past and recent works. It is highly appreciated our visitors will enjoy the artist’s eloquent and witty artworks, in which daily materials objectified as “artworks” brings a slight confusion to viewers, having you discover a new dimension from our visual recognition. We look forward to having you with careful preparations for infection prevention.
*1 an idea from Wilhelm Worringer’s Abstraction and Empathy (1908), *2 an idea from Herberd Read’s The Art of Sculpture (1956)

【Selected solo Exhibitions】
2021「s ‘n r / s s ‘n c / w w 2」 Gallery Yamaki Fine Art, Kobe
2021「Window Washing Somewhere」(Planned by: Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art) Off-site participatory work
2021「I see letters」 Hiroshima Station Underground Show Window (Planning: Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art)
2019「Yes, I'm Seeing babe」BnA Alter Museum Kyoto
2019「Yes, I'm Seeing babe」Hiroshima City University Art Museum
2019「I’m seeing, baby」7T Gallery, Daegu, South Korea
2017「I’m seeing, baby」Hiroshima Art Center, Hiroshima
2017「Behind The Color」 D. A. aura, Gwangju, South Korea
2011「Plastic Training」 Hiroshima Art Center, Hiroshima

【Selected Group Exhibitions】
2021「Cranky Vitamins」 Hiroshima Art Center, Hiroshima
2020「Tasty Sculpture」 Hatsukaichi Art Gallery , Hiroshima
2019「Seven Lamps of the Museum」Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art
2019「Scenery that cannot be seen」 Atelier onji, Tokyo
2019「Tsushima Art Fantasia 2019」Various locations in Itsukushima-cho, Tsushima City, Nagasaki
2019「Two Rooms, Three Cases」Kyoto Art Center
2019「Stationary open systems and three-dimensional closure」 Hiroshima Art Center
2018「Scenery that cannot be seen」 Gallery Crossing 611、広島
2018「The Window wherein I Dwell」 Busan Recycling Center, Busan
2018「Outline of Sculpture」 Hiroshima City University Art Museum
2017「teleportation landscape」Art Gallery Miyauchi, Hiroshima
2015「Gorgissimo!」Réunion, Zürich, Switzerland
2015「Tsushima Art Fantasia Hiroshima-Tsushima」Izumi Art Museum, Hiroshima
2014「Everyday and Happiness」 広島芸術センター
2014「GAMEX」 日本大使館、メキシコシティ
2014「SUNDOWNER」 CIRCUIT21、テキサス ダラス
2013「建物の生態」 旧日本銀行広島支店、広島逓信病院旧外来棟被爆資料室 他
2012「衣・食・住 ソウル-広島」 西京大学、ソウル
2012「Sons and Daughters of Sun and Star」 Fort Worth Contemporary, Texas
【Artist Information】

SessionSat. Dec 11, 2021 - Sat. Jan 29, 2022 Closed on Sundays and Mondays
Hours11:00-13:00 / 14:00-19:00
PlaceGallery Yamaki Fine Art
Venue3-9-5-2F Motomachi, Chuo-ku, Kobe 650-0022
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AccessOne minute walk from Motomachi Station, West exit (JR/ Hanshin Line)