HAPPENINGText: Amelia Ijiri

This year’s runner up to the grand prize was Kazuaki Kikuchi’s, “Draw a Circle,” an industrial piece of equipment with a mechanical calligraphy brush that rotates 6,250 times to create a bold black ink circle that fades out at the tail with impressive precision.

Kazuaki Kikuchi “Draw a Circle”

The grand prize was awarded to Aki Kojima’s “Be Me,” a two-screen video installation about individuation process. In an interview, Kojima explained that this work is based on Jung’s psychological concept of shadow, in which he states, “Everyone carries a shadow, and the less it is embodied in the individual’s conscious life, the blacker and denser it is. If an inferiority is conscious, one always has a chance to correct it.”

Aki Kojima “Be Me”

An impressive selection of works from Kyoto prefecture artists filled the historic Museum of Kyoto, giving spectators a glimpse of diversity in artists, form, and expression. Kyoto Art for Tomorrow offered direction for future artists to push past the boundaries of conventional ideologies by providing a platform for young artists to work on creation of art born in Kyoto.

Kyoto Art for Tomorrow 2020
Date: January 25th – February 9th, 2020
Opening hours: 10:00 – 18:00 (Friday till 19:30)
Closed on Mondays
Place: The Museum of Kyoto
Address: Sanjo-Takakura, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto
Admission: Adult 500 yen, University Students 400 yen, High School and younger free
Tel: 075-222-0888

Text: Amelia Ijiri

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