(日本語) ※12月11日(土) 作家在廊予定
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)