【The Sankei Shimbun】Friday, April 2, 2021, Evening edition
Interview: ‘Misato Kurimune Solo Exhibition “You may be in this world. Or you may not be.”‘
SOLO EXHIBITION | You may be in this world. Or you may not be.
MISATO KURIMUNE Solo Exhibition『You may be in this world. Or you may not be.』
2021.3.26(Friday) - 2021.4.24(Saturday)
OPEN : TUE - SAT | 12:00 - 19:00
CLOSED : SUN, MON & HOLIDAYS
Yamazaki Bldg. 2F 1-19-27 Minami-Horie, Nishi-Ku, Osaka JAPAN
Technical cooperation｜COBURN JAPAN CORPORATION
TEZUKAYAMA GALLERY / MAIN GALLERY is pleased to hold an exhibition ‘You may be in this world. Or you may not be.’ by Misato Kurimune.
Born in 1988, Kurimune majored in printing at Kyoto Seika University B.A. and M.A.. Now Kurimune based in Kobe.
Kurimune had this strong awareness of being an artist while she was at university and she is always trying to find the essence of beauty, existence, time, and life by using mixed media based on her photographs.
’Still Remained’ which we exhibited in 2018, the theme of this exhibition was reconsidering the essence of perception that relies on vision and how to make/see art. This was an experiment which Kurimune tried to crush the images and informations and turning into an art. Or, trying to ask the audiences what is the essence of “seeing” in this information oriented society.
Audience can see that attitude of her challenging to that question.
In recent world, we uses online communications through the screens in daily basis. Kurimune says this new technology which we can use anytime anywhere made new life styles and made our life easier but also feeling this lost of reality.
First time in this two years, with the theme of “portrait” which is one of the oldest theme of photography, we will presents her works of fictional people. We will exhibit a big work ‘You may be in this world. Or you may not be’ which is also this exhibitions title, and other 17 new works. Please take this opportunity to see Kurimune’s works.
[Artist’s statement ]
I will point out the reality of portraits through the devises, and will pose the vision experiences at this exhibition named ‘You may be in this world. Or you may not be’.
In recent year’s increase of online communications, we faces people’s faces or emotions through computer, tablet computer, or phone. These devises are infiltrating to our daily life however, I feel this electronic change and flicker is different than reality of daily life as an artist who uses photography.
We can move around the world through the internet, the version who is in other side of screen might not be in Japan, or that is just a recorded video pretending like real time streaming.
It is difficult to detect ‘where they from, how old they are, or what they are doing now’.
Photography used to be a record of something however, the original data tends to be changed now. When I face to the photography, I often think about reality of photography itself or portraits in this uncertainness.
I used my own photography and data from internet to make these portraits of fictional people. I also used lenticular lens so that when audiences sees these images, it will disappear vaguely and slowly.
I am hoping that through this active visual experience, audiences can rethink about reality and find out new point of view of visual experience.
AWARDS | Kyoto Art for Tomorrow 2021・The Sankei Shimbun Prize
New work "You may be in this world. Or you may not be." was awarded "The Sankei Shimbun Prize" at the "Kyoto Art for Tomorrow 2021".
I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to all the people involved, and I will continue to work hard on my work.
【Details of the work】
You may be in this world. Or you may not be.
Digital composite photography / ink-jet print, lenticular lens | 190×120cm
Technical cooperation：COBURN JAPAN CORPORATION
GROUP EXHIBITION | Kyoto Art for Tomorrow 2021
The purpose of this exhibition is to introduce young, up-and-coming artists who are active in Kyoto and who will lead the next generation of artists from Kyoto to the world.
In addition to the young artists based in Kyoto, the exhibition will also feature contemporary art by guest artists from Kyoto who are active internationally.
We encourage young artists to create new art that is born between modern and classic art in Kyoto.
Date: January 23 (Sat) - February 7 (Sun), 2021
Opening hours: 10:00 - 18:00, until 19:30 on Fridays. (Admission until 30 minutes before each time)
Venue: The Museum of Kyoto, 4th Floor Exhibition Room
Admission: ¥500 (400) for adults, ¥400 (320) for university students, free for high school students and younger.
※Prices in parentheses are for groups of 20 or more people.
※For the above fee, you can also visit the 2nd and 3rd floor General Exhibition and Film Theater.
Organized by: Kyoto Prefecture, The Museum of Kyoto
Supported by: The Kyoto Shimbun, The Asahi Shimbun, The Mainichi Shimbun, The Yomiuri Shimbun, The Sankei Shimbun, Nikkei Shimbun, NHK Kyoto Broadcasting, KBS Kyoto, FM Kyoto, The Kyoto Chamber of Commerce and Industry, The Kyoto Society of Japanese Painters, The Society of Kyoto Craft Artists, The Embassy of France in Japan / Institut français Goethe-Institut Villa Kamogawa, Japan
Cooperation: Apuren Co.
Exhibiting artists: Koharu Ishida, Shota Ishida, Yasuko Inoue, Sadamasa Imai, Haruka Iwai, Hiroko Uehara, Takuya Otsuki, Yuka Katsuki, Shunsuke Kano, Satoshi Kawada, Rui Kikuchi, Arisuke Kishi, Manami Kyuta, Saki Kirizuki, Misato Kurimune, Taisuke Kondouh, Zhdanova Alina, Haruka Shima, Masafumi Tanaka, Haruko Taniuchi, Shung Hsuan-Hsian Chen, Fumika Tsuchitori, Mitsuho Tsuri, Nozomi Tojinbara, Yuka Doutou, Yuki Nagasawa, Asuka Nakayama, Ryosuke Higo, Sunao Horikawa, Kotaro Maetani, Moeko Machida, Taku Mitsuhashi, Chiharu Yakushigawa, Kohei Yamashita, Chihiro Yamada, Haruki Yamaba, Iyona Yamamoto, Yurika Rokkon, Kurumi Wakaki, Naosuke Wada (the syllabary order)
Selection and screening committee members:
Makoto Otagaki (Art Critic), Tomio Sugaya (Director, Nakanoshima Museum of Art, Osaka), Akira Tatehata (President, Tama Art University; Director, Kyoto Art Center), Yasuyuki Nakai (Researcher, The National Museum of Art, Osaka), Misato Fudo (Deputy Director, Himeji City Museum of Art)
Kurimune has made a new effort with a new work. I hope you will visit the exhibition when you are in the neighborhood.
SOLO EXHIBITION | Auberge Genju
I am exhibiting my works at the newly opened Japanese auberge "Genju" in Hida Takayama, as a solo exhibition for the first time.
801-5 Ohara, Kiyomi-cho, Takayama City, Gifu Prefecture
At present, accommodation is available only by referral from Genju members, ambassadors and partners (as of August 2020).
ARTLOGUE" Japanese Auberge "Genju" was born in Hida Takayama. An art project was started. The best art tourism."