悠 個展「琴線を爪弾く」/ HARUKA Solo exhibition “Touch the Right Chord”
■Exhibition Title: HARUKA Solo exhibition “Touch the Right Chord”
■Date: Oct. 3rd(Fri.)–Oct. 19th(Sun.),2014
■Opening Hours: 11:00-19:00
※Gallery opens on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Other days: by appointment only. Please e-mail.
☆Opening Reception: Oct 5th (Sun.) 15:00 ～
■Venue: Radi-um von Roentgenwerke AG
■Address: 2-5-17, Nihonbashi Bakuro-cho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
■TEL & FAX: +81-3-3662-2666
Paper-cutting, for a long time so many people may have produced various artworks using this technique. If we count including housewives enjoying paper-cutting as handicrafts of their hobby, it can be said that innumerable people are working on paper-cutting in this country. However, as soon as we try to search for the artwork which is reaching to an artistic quality, we can tell it’s an extremely narrow genre. In the global contemporary art scene, we do not know other than Kara Walker, and also in Japan, we can hardly find someone who acts in full scale as an paper-cutting artist.
At the time we launched the serial exhibition KO-JUTSU, we have searched for a various technique of art, and found that paper-cutting is an ideal method to realize the artwork of typical Japanese delicate expression. And we saw some artists’ work but failed to find suitable work. Then we happened to see HARUKA’s artwork at SICF (Spiral Independent Creators Festival, annually held in Spiral Hall in Tokyo). Looking at her work, to our surprise, there were lines cut out, not some shapes.
Without referring to Takashi Murakami’s Superflat, we can tell that the important factor of two-dimensional artwork in Japan must be lines.
From ancient times of Yamato-e painting to the latest anime and Manga, Japanese people have expressed a field and quantity by lines.
That is, HARUKA’s work could be regarded as paper-cutting following of a traditional Japanese’s expression.
Her sense of choosing and the coordination of the motif is supposed to be superior. Although HARUKA is making many works which combine a human bone with the beauties of nature, those works have neither a simple aestheticism nor a grotesque structure. Those works are composing the peculiar moment and the space, by the faint smelling-like color effected by coloring to the back or the side of the the cutout lines and figure, and have succeeded in the acquisition of grace.
We may say that the work of HARUKA with such a lot of elements has established standard beauty. People to see her artwork are made to marvel the technique and the screen composition which attracts people. HARUKA wins support from a wide layer.
HARUKA starts also developing the area of the new activity by the collaboration with Vivien Tam from last year. She has a career worked in the apparel business before starting the paper-cutting artwork activities. Therefore she has succeeded to get into a natural exchange with the world of the fashion. In the relationship of the range of visible scene, her artwork exhibition was held in some of the brand shops and she supplied her design for the brand’s print products. In this exhibition, she is also creating the new relationship with apparel by using the cloth and the string for her new work. We see the steady bone, not only the motif expressed in her artwork, in her style of the activities.
Though Haruka is well known and popular enough, this is her very first solo exhibition. She tries to cut out the new horizon of the expression with a delicate tip of her cutting blade.