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Harutaka MATSUMOTO: Jomon Double Bind House
Written by KALONSNET Editor   
Published: March 08 2011

Courtesy of the artist and AISHO MIURA ARTS
Copyright© Harutaka Matsumoto

After he finished the graduate program at Tama Art University in 1986, he received a French Government Scholarship and studied under Christian Boltanski at Ecole Nationale Supèrieure des Beaux-Arts (ENSBA) in 1987-89. He was sent to New York by Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs in 2003-04, and has exhibited various artworks through photography, movie, painting, and sculpture.

“We make our own rules, which bind our life.”
Being aware of the fact strongly affects his way of expression; he sets no rule or limit on the materials he uses. He binds a house with a rope, to clarify the things restrict us.

In recent years, he has focused on the project “Jomon Double Bind House.” “Clothing, food, and housing” are the essential for our modern life. By binding a house, he expresses ironically how “housing” has taken freedom away from us since Jomon era. The subject of “living” (things to sustain a life) in a wide sense has caused the social problems happening to us today, such as the population growth, environmental destruction, and Lehman Shock. It seems that he has foreseen those matters in his project.

In this exhibition, as a part of his significant project “Jomon Double Bind House,” we are going to bind AISHOU MIURA ARTS (on March 5th). In addition to his past works, we exhibit the models and two-dimensional works produced in the process of the project. He noticed the problems of the rules we have created, and has confronted them with visualizing what bind us through various ways of expression. Harutaka Matsumoto throws a question on standards of value and new rules to be established from now.

Harutaka Matsumoto
Born in 1958, Shiga, Japan. Works in Tokyo. Completed Post Graduate Course at Tama Art University(M.A.), 1986. Studied at Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts, 1987-89, on a grant from the French Government. Stayed in New York on a grant from the Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japan, 2003-04. He creates photos, videos, paintings, sculptures and projects based on the motif of “four things”, and has presented his works in many solo and group exhibitions. Selected exhibitions: 2007, Japanese Contemporary Art Festival/Heyri Art Valley(Korea), La Chaine/BankART1929&StudioNYK(Yokohama)、2009-10, No Man’s Land/French Embassy (Tokyo), 2010, Le Cinema/MACVAL(Paris).

* The text provided by AISHO MIURA ARTS.

Period: March 5 - April 2, 2011

Last Updated on March 05 2011

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