|Lu Lu Lu Landscape - How I see the world around me -|
|Written by Takeshi HIRATA|
|Published: January 22 2009|
Sometimes I am tempted to focus on the "scenery" as I watch a live telecast of New Year Hakone Ekiden (The Tokyo-Hakone Round-Trip College Relay Marathon Race). Looking at the cityscape through which the athletes are running, I see the scenery and think, "I know this town," or "That shop is located in this street," or "What a beautiful view this is!" At that time, I see the passing scenery, not the running athlete.
fig. 3 Risaku Suzuki "Between the Sea and the Mountain-KUMANO" (2008) Courtesy of the artist and Gallery Koyanagi Image provided by Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art, copyright © Risaku SUZUKI / Courtesy of Gallery Koyanagi
This exhibition introduced paintings, photographs, movies, animations and three-dimensional art by eight artists: Satoshi Uchiumi, Mana Konishi, Kanako Sasaki, Risaku Suzuki, Saeko Takagi, Yuken Teruya, Brian Alfred, Akira Yanagisawa. "The scenery" in the exhibited artworks was introduced by the museum as "fragmentary, somewhat light, loose or modest, variable and fluctuating".*1 Let us briefly consider the exhibits to understand the meaning.
fig. 5 Yuken Teruya "Dessert Project (paradigm shift)" (2006) Cooperation: EAT & ART TARO, Yuta Ohba Image provided by Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art, copyright © Yuken TERUYA / Cooperation: EAT & ART TARO, Yuta Ohba
fig. 4 Satoshi Uchiumi "Four Positions" Nasu Warehouse［Rontgenwerke ］(2008) Photographed by Hideto Nagatuka Courtesy of Rontgenwerke AG and the artist Image provided by Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art, copyright © Satoshi UCHIUMI / Courtesy of Rontgenwerke AG
"Between the Sea and the Mountain-KUMANO" (2005-2008) [fig. 3] by Risaku Suzuki photographed in the Kumano mountain area, consists of an assemblage of fragmentary shots that have lost focus.
fig. 7 Kanako Sasaki "As a leaf" (2004) Courtesy of the artist and MA2Gallery Image provided by Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art, copyright © Kanako SASAKI / Courtesy of MA2Gallery
fig. 6 Brian Alfred "ATS in IGY" (2008) Courtesy of the artist and SCAI THE BATHHOUSE Image provided by Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art, copyright © Brian Alfred / Courtesy of SCAI THE BATHHOUSE
What is common to these artworks is the distance between the viewer and the scenery, no matter whether the name or target of the piece is identifiable or not. I do not know how much of their personal emotional feeling the artists put into these works, but I cannot feel such enthusiasm from any of the artworks and it is hard to identify the location even if the name has been specified. Can we feel externalization or objectivization from these views as if we happen to watch the passing scenery at a marathon telecast?
This exhibition might be an assemblage of small scenic views. However, it shows us the outer scenery which gets clearer according to the distance between us and the scenery. These are fragmentary, fluctuating, elusive views, like passing scenery at a marathon telecast. In seeing them, we might recreate the scenery at will. In passing daily life, by watching and living in the momentarily-stopped scenery, the scenery of outside us is completed.
fig. 8 Mana Konishi "Mountain person" (2007) Photographed by Keizo Kioku Courtesy of ARATANIURANO and the artist Image provided by Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art, copyright © Mana Konishi / Courtesy of ARATANIURANO
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