“Re-Modernologio” Phase3: Traces of Scenery

February 18 (Sun) ~ March 25 (Sun), 2012 10:00 - 18:00 / Free

Using Aomori-born Kon Wajiro's "modernologio" as this year's keyword, the Aomori Contermporary Art Centre has held ongoing "remodernologio" exhibitions which introduce works whose artists share modernologio attitudes and perspectives. In the third installment, "Remodernologio phase3: Traces of Scenery", we have captured modernologio through investigating, observing, and describing the traces of urban human life. However, we believe that the manner of assimilation and presentation of modernologio inevitably differs with each artist.

Needless to say, to observe the world through the perspective of modernologio is to find originality of sorts in cities or landscapes, and there we find an acute vision of the modern day and a deep interest in human activities. It may also be the confirmation of a present reality by transmission of a certain "something" to which particular attention is focused.

Meanwhile, raising one "something" suggests another, which in turn provides the possibility to project another different reality. In the case of artists, we can say that they possess the possibility to change social and real-life viewpoints through creating works in places and manners which stray from existing contexts. That these mere sceneries become the origins of creation as mortally fundamental and constant, irrepressible desires may attest to the beginnings of the path that leads to "art", a form of sublimation only humankind has achieved.

In this exhibition, human traces found in sceneries are reconstructed as art pieces mediated through artists' activities, and the resulting products are presented.

Additionally, "Vision of Aomori", a photographic exhibition based on the lives of individuals currently living in Aomori, will be held concurrently. Please enjoy our last installment of "remodernologio" at the snowy Aomori Contemporary Art Centre.

 

*On “modernology”: Field of study advocated by Aomori-native architect Wajirō Kon. It attempts to analyze and explain a social situation and customs by concurrently investigating and researching elements in a set place and time. Characterized by fieldwork methods utilizing drawing, modernology became a forerunner to the later living sciences and research into manners and customs.

artists

SASAKI Ai

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Born 1976 in Osaka, Sasaki Ai is a resident of Osaka prefecture. She graduated Kanazawa College of Art Department of Visual Design and Saito IMI Graduate School Department of Contemporary Art. She is renowned for her sugar wall paintings using houses, mountains, ships, and botanical designs as motifs. Toting the whiteness of sugar and its connotations as material,the iconography constructed by the countless yet repetitive patterned accumulation of shapes conjures up fundamental abstract meanings and a connection with our deep memories which lie within them. In recent years, through her intricate use of silver and white lines, she has presented various mediums of art: block prints of delicate scenery, drawings which blur the line between visible and invisible, and richly-colored water and oil colors which evoke literary and narrative worlds. They spin a dreamlike story world for all who view their unique world. In recent years, she has proactively participated in artist in residence programs in Aomori, South Korea, and New Zealand, developing her art on the scenery of each region. During 2011, she has organized projects and exhibitions of her colorful water and oil paintings alongside comparative literature specialist and poet Suga Keijiro's poetry.
http://sasakiai.com/

SHITAMICHI Motoyuki

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Born 1978 in Okayama prefecture, Shitamichi Motoyuki graduated Musashino Art University College of Art and Design Department of Painting in 2001.  He later left Tokyo College of Photography in 2003 to pursue his art. Traveling and traversing both domestically and abroad, Shitamichi captures action-provoking sceneries through pictures and text. He published photography collection "Sensō no katachi" (Shapes of War) in 2005; it shows the current state of war remains that dot landscapes across Japan. After that, he went searching for torii outside Japan and is currently in production of his "Torii" series, which portray Japan's former  national borders.

He has also traveled the country visiting owners of his grandfather's paintings to see in what spaces they are placed and how each owner responds to the paintings. He published their pictures and the owners' recollections in his "Nichiyōbi Gaka" (Sunday painter). He also discovered the creativity of unknown layman artists like poster column creators and everyday writers of yoji jukugo--Japanese four-character idiomatic expressions--and gathered them in his work "Sunday creators". In recent years, he has been traveling Japan by motorcycle collecting pictures of bare structures born out necessity--boards straddling rice-paddy irrigation channels and concrete/wooden blocks stacked to reduce small level differences. He labels these structures hashi (bridge) and has collected them in his series "bridges".

He observes the scenes generated from people's casual actions in everyday life with an observant eye, which he then processes into works of art.
http://m-shitamichi.com/

Amanda BELANTARA

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Born 1979 in America, Amanda currently resides in Manchester, England. After graduating the University of Colorado Department of German literature in 2002, she completed her course in visual anthropology from the University of Manchester in 2007. She is a documentary visual and audio artist who researches ethnographies audio-visually, creating pieces which focus attention on the various images and sounds that emanate from people's behavior. One of her outstanding works is "Lifelibrary", which captures individuals' behaviors and the small sound which accompany them at the Manchester Central Library: the moment of finding a book from a vast ocean of writing; the figure of someone sitting in a chair, reading quietly and turning the pages; the act of a librarian collecting and organizing books. Other works include "Mimi ga kyutto suru" [Ears Are Dazzled, Touched by Sound] (Akiyoshidai International Art Village, 2009), a collective project in which sound diaries were created by residents from sounds heard daily in a certain region. These sounds were captured on video with a number of microphones and pieced together to weave a regional soundscape. Belantara experientially portrays a wealth of sounds within tranquility in each of her works.
http://www.amandabelantara.com/

Joo Choon Lin

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Born 1984 in Singapore, Joo Choon Lin currently resides in Glasgow, Scotland. Joo graduated from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. She creates hand drawing and stencil designs, everyday items, and stop motion animation (komadori animation) by using handmade-like models and objects. Deciphering the context of her art's placement, she creates her own space and what is to be placed where, and by superimposing her drawings builds fictional scenes where reality and imagination intersect. Sometimes she works with others around her to create stage settings, and at the 2009 Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale she created an environmentally-themed animation based on a diorama she created in a children's workshop. During the Aichi Trinnale 2010, she produced a fantastical and cheerful animation of fictional monsters scurrying about in a real background using the physical attributes of her surroundings in Nagoya and an old exhibition hall to her advantage.
http://www.joochoonlin.com/

Organized by:Aomori Contemporary Art Centre, Aomori Public College
In cooperation with: Aomori City Library, Hotel Yamagami, nap gallery, AIRS (Artist in Residence Supporters), ACAC Student Supporters, Midori Art Center (MAC)