HAPPENINGText: Amelia Ijiri

Yukari Inoue “marginal women 境界人ー”

Other notable video installations include Yukari Inoue’s “marginal women 境界人ー”, which documents women’s migrate journeys through the use of two screens, one narrative and another ocean waves, and a book on a shelf below the monitors. Masakazu Fukuta’s “(I) we repeat ‘observation/fixation” is back-to-back monitors, one playing a blinking eye the other leaves blowing in the breeze.

Detail of Shoko Taruma “stream”

This year’s sculptural selection was broad and diverse. Shoko Taruma is a contemporary lacquer artist whose smooth, pitch-black forms transcend the medium. In “stream”, lacquer spills from teacups seemingly like trick art.

Masaya Daito “Remembrance of oblivion”

Masaya Daito uses heat applied to glass in “Remembrance of Oblivion”, a block-like sculpture of melted Coca-cola bottles.

Meg Nakamura’s “The is not the knot” is a gigantic yellow puff of thread so textual the placement of a “do not touch” sign near the sculpture was not coincidental.

Ryo Wakabashi’s “can lost” textured metal rectangles placed on a scored wood platform prove that unpretentious forms reminiscent of Mono-ha can be continued simply and powerfully.

Filled with relics and the history of the past, The Museum of Kyoto is a community space to preserve and share Kyoto’s rich cultural heritage. Kyoto Art for Tomorrow 2019 is a glimpse at its future history in arts and culture by young artists who expand and explore the past using traditional mediums, such as lacquer and nihonga, while introducing 21st-century technologies, such as computer animation and holograms, respecting and reflecting on the strong and diverse art culture of area artists. Kyoto Art for Tomorrow holds the promise of moving in as-yet-to-be-imagined directions.

Kyoto Art for Tomorrow 2019
Date: January 19th – February 3rd, 2019
Opening hours: 10:00 – 18:00 (Friday till 19:30)
Closed on Mondays (*open on national holidays, in which case the museum is closed on following day)
Place: The Museum of Kyoto
Address: Sanjo-Takakura, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto
Tel: 075 222 0888
Admission: Adult 500 yen, University Students 400 yen, High School and younger free admission

Text: Amelia Ijiri
Photos: Amelia Ijiri

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