Solo show in Kofu City Hall, Japan 11.2013

A Very Small Part of Something Very Big
Solo show, collaboration

Dates: November 11 – 17, 2013
Reception, life performance: November 16, 2 – 3.30 pm
Location: Kofy City Hall, Kofu, Yamanashi, Japan

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Today is the beginning of one of the most important to me shows. “A very small part of something very big” is a show-collaboration with a local composer Masakazu Yamamoto, Kofu, Japan. Yamamoto is a talented electronic, cosmic music writer, and I asked him to help me by composing a music for the show to be played at all times during the exhibition hours. We have been working on this project for one month, meeting each other in his music home-studio or in my art studio at the AIRY (Art residency in Yamanashi) where I am living for tree month.

All the works for the show were produced in Japan in the period of the past two month. This show includes large scale watercolor paintings on cotton watercolor paper and Japanese paper washi, and tree sculptures, all of these works are about the space and and the closer to us Universe.

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I am very excited about this project and I hope the you will have a chance to experience the same feeling, a feeling of being a part of the space, even though so small part.

The artist statement:

Living on the planet Earth, taking our place on it, being occupied with our daily routine, is our destiny of the human being. Each of us however is a little part of the Universe, so versatile and limitless. I would like to understand our place in it, our triviality in the universal and our significance in the planetary scale.

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“Atmosphere”
52″ x 70″ (132 x 178 cm)
Watercolor on French watercolor paper Arches

So fragile and light, our atmosphere is the only protection form the deadly solar winds. If there wasn’t any protection, our life would not be possible on the Planet Earth. Why do we destroy our atmosphere intentionally?

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“Expanding Universe”
Ceramic, paper

Our universe is expanding with an increasing speed. Imagine there will be time when there will be no stars visible from Earth.

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“An Old Tea Spoon”
Ceramic, wire

Every person carries about one tea spoon full of the matter formed during the Big Bang”. We are a small part of the Universe from the beginning of the creation.

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“Urban Cluster. Tokyo”
70″ x 156″ (178 x 400 cm)
Watercolor on French watercolor paper Arches

Lights of a city, especially on a rainy day, remind me of clusters of stars, galaxies and nebulas… Some stars are fading away, some were just lit up, just like a birth of a new star. If to think of this from one point of view, clusters of stars and the city itself are all made from the same matter.

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“The sun”
This sculpture is made with the watercolor paint tubes that I used to paint this show during my stay of 2,5 month in Japan.

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One thought on “Solo show in Kofu City Hall, Japan 11.2013

  1. loved expanding universe and the sun in particular. Sometimes in an Arizona summer, the sun feels like your depiction appears. The tea spoon was charming and thoughtful. We are all made of stardust and in that way we are created in God’s image (a much better visual than George Burns 🙂

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