Mitsunori Kimura 木村 充伯


Artist


Mitsunori Kimura (b. 1983) was born in Shizuoka, Japan. He holds a Bachelor degree of Fine Arts in sculpture from Nagoya Zokei University. After graduating with a Master degree of Fine Arts majoring in Environmental Art from the same university in 2007, Kimura has actively participated in group exhibitions not only in Japan and Aisa but in Europe as well, including Biennale de Lyon 2017, meanwhile the artist has also held solo exhibitions in Japan and Korea throughout the years.

Kimura is a sculptor who creates works by wood carving and oil paint modelling, he picks up the motifs of his works from daily moments and unexpected intimacy — curious, childlike and playful — at first glance, many of Kimura’s works share a humorous and amusing aspect to them. Enchanted by animals and inspired by artists like Katsura Funakoshi and Georg Baselitz, as well as animalism omnipresently developed around the 5th and the 6th century ancient Japan, the artist works exclusively with the material of wood, the final outcome of the work ultimately depends on the characteristics of the material. In 2015, Kimura started experimenting with a unique carving method on the surface of wood using a chainsaw, as if actual hair is growing out of the wooden panels or sculptures, this is not an intent to reflect on the transience of life but instead, it alludes to the obscurification of the intermediate, or rather, the liminal state between life and death.

In September 2020, while participating in an artist residency program at Kamoe Art Center in Hamamatsu, Japan, impacted by COVID-19, Breathe (2020) was born — an ongoing sculptural project that evolves around various species of animals and the idea of ‘breathing’ — a simple yet complicated process undertaken by the lungs of both human and animal, in an attempt to explore deeper into our coexisting relationship with animals under the current social climate.

In July 2022, as a part of the Aichi Triennale 2022 Partnership event, at the exhibition of GROWING SPACE (2022), further expanding on the vocabularies of this work series Breathe (2020), Kimura has turned our heads to saiga, a critically endangered antelope that’s not found in Japan, whose outstanding feature noticeably is perhaps its large nose, that serves to warm and moisten inhaled air during winter while cooling it down during summer. The artist has chosen to work with hinoki this time, a type of wood on the other hand, that’s widely available here in the country. By bringing saiga to our attention and drawing the distance closer to this sacred creature, Kimura does not only remind us that we, along with the animals, are all involved in the natural cycle of breathing, the artist also ponders on what it means to exist and to live as a human being, questions what fundamentally lies within the relationship between humans, animals and nature in a contemporary human-centre society.

1983年静岡県生まれ。名古屋造形大学彫刻コース卒業。2007年に同大大学院環境造形研究修了。日本やアジアのみならず、2017年のリヨン·ビエンナーレをはじめ、ヨーロッパなどのグループ展に積極的に参加。近年は、日本と韓国で個展を開催している。

木村充伯は、木彫の技法を使った作品や油彩絵の具で着色した作品を手がける彫刻家です。木村は、日常のひと時や予期せぬ親密さを感じるふとした瞬間から作品のモチーフを選びます。一目で好奇心を掻き立てる、純粋で遊び心にあふれた木村の作品には、どこかユーモラスで楽しげな側面があります。大好きな動物たち、舟越桂やゲオルグ·バゼリッツといった彫刻家の作品、5~6世紀の古墳時代の日本で普及したアニマリズムの思想をインスピレーション源とする木村は、木という素材だけを使って作品を創ります。作品の最終的な形は、木の特徴によって決まります。2015年、木村はチェーンソーを使って木の表面を彫るという独自の技法を模索しはじめました。木の表面を特殊加工してチェーンソーで毛羽立たせることで、動物の毛を再現することができます。こうした試みは、命の儚さを表現するのではなく、媒介物の曖昧さ、ひいては命と死の境界線を想起させます。

2020年9月、静岡県浜松市の鴨江アートセンターの常設アートプログラムに参加していた木村は、コロナをきっかけに「呼吸」(2020)という作品を制作しました。この作品は、多種多様な動物と“呼吸”の概念をテーマとした、進行中の彫刻プロジェクトです。「呼吸」は、人間と動物が肺を使って行う、シンプルでありながらも複雑な呼吸のプロセスをもとに、現在の社会状況下で動物との共存関係を掘り下げようとする木村の試みでもあります。

2022年7月、国際芸術祭「あいち2022」パートナーシップ事業の一環として開催された本展「GROWING SPACE」でにおい、木村は「呼吸」という作品シリーズの延長として、「サイガ」に焦点を当てました。サイガとは、中央アジアに生息する牛科の草食動物で、絶滅危惧種に指定されています。サイガの特徴は、何と言ってもその大きな鼻です。この鼻は、冬場は吸い込んだ空気を暖めて湿らせる一方、夏場は空気を冷やすという機能をもっています。サイガを表現する素材として、木村は日本に広く分布するヒノキを選びました。サイガに着目し、この神聖な動物と私たちとの距離感を縮めることで、木村は、人間も動物も呼吸という自然のサイクルに関わっていることを改めて教えてくれます。その一方、木村は人間として存在し、生きることの意味に思いを馳せながらも、人間主体の現代社会における「自然/人間/動物」の関係の基本的な共通点とは何か?と問いかけます。




Interview

“Despite that I wasn’t really sure, I never wanted to quit as an artist, I just kept my fingers crossed and hoped that the works may eventually sell one day.”

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Works
Photo: YAMAMOTO Tadasu, courtesy of Aomori Contemporary Art Centre, Aomori Public University
Photo: Ru Yi Tan, courtesy of the artist
Photo: Ru Yi Tan, courtesy of the artist
Photo: Yuta Togo, courtesy of the artist
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