2019 A4 Artist in Residence International Exchange Program Exhibition.
Hecomi & City Study in Chengdu #41
Artistic Director: Sunny Sun
Curator: Cai Liyuan
Artist: Ken’ichiro & Ayako Taniguchi
Organizer: LUXELAKES·A4 Art Museum
Opening: 15:00, July 13, 2019 (Sat.)
Time: From July 13, 2019 to October 15, 2019
Venue: Workshop space of Second floor, LUXELAKES•A4 Art Museum, A4 International Artist-in-Residence Base
Hecomi & City Study in Chengdu #41
Every city has its own unique history, with equally distinct geographic forms. During the long transformation from early human settlements to the rapid improvement in living conditions and the expansion of human activities, cities have gradually changed their appearance.
In recent years, the various geographic formations that we find when looking at aerial photographs of major cities have been motifs in our artistic practice. We sensed a tension between green spaces and urbanized areas, which overviews of their geographic shapes convey. These organic shapes represent gentleness and benevolence. In addition, rivers that run through cities have a vigorous dynamism that aerial photographs often reveal. The idiosyncratic geographic forms of cityscapes reflect their unique history, and their formal diversity continues to captivate us. These features are only discernible in panoramic photographs taken from a bird’s-eye view, because it is not quite possible to see how energy manifests on such a large scale from the inside. In our work, we try to respond to the geographic and cartographic features of cityscapes that reflect their unique qualities and historical development.
In this exhibition, we show three sculptures based on aerial photographs of Chengdu. We traced the boundaries between nature and the city, and created a flat object based on the extracted shape. Then, we folded it and attached hinges to produce three-dimensional works.
The first piece was produced before the commencement of our residency. When we looked at the aerial photographs, Chengdu looked like a circle in the middle of a plain stretching its hands towards the river that flows to the northeast and southwest. This first piece emerged purely out of the shape of the city.
During our stay, our initial impressions of the city changed steadily from strolling around the city, feeling the culture and history first-hand, and interacting with the local people. As in the first piece, the subsequent works also take the shape of Chengdu as the primary motif, but the shapes of the sculptures emerged only after we had a physical sense of Chengdu.
We believe that viewers will enjoy seeing how outsiders like us perceived the city and how we expressed this in an abstract sculptural form. By observing the city from a different angle than usual, local people may be able to share their memories of the city, imagine its future, and reflect upon what they see in their city.
In addition to these three pieces, we are also showing a piece based on the shape of the Luxelakes area. We traced the part of the lake’s shape that already exists and produced a piece. This is just the beginning, because the Luxelakes area is still under construction, and we will probably trace it every six months to follow the growth of the lake.
Lastly, we want to introduce our other series. Since 2000, we have created three-dimensional works that deal with “dents”—what we call “凹” (Hecomi)—focusing on cracks and splits on the surfaces of roads, floors, and walls. We have collected two “Hecomi” from Chengdu. One is from Luxe Island, and the other is from Dujiangyan; both two-dimensional works are also shown in the exhibition.