Jin Kurashige " His Shadow Enwraps Me "（TOKYO）
25 April - 26 May 2007
We are pleased to announce a solo exhibition of Jin Kurashige at Mizuma Action, from April 25th to May 26th. After his first solo exhibition in Japan in 2005, Kurashige participated in several group exhibitions such as Turin Triennale “the Pantagruel Syndrome”, Italy 2005, “Rapt! 20 Contemporary Artists from Japan”, Australia 2006, and spread his activities to not only in Japan but also the overseas. He is currently showing at “All About Laughter: Humor in Contemporary Art” in Mori Art Museum, Japan. The works for “His Shadow Enwraps Me” will be shown first time ever in Japan, including new pieces created in Tokyo.
Kurashige says his approach to creating artworks is based on curiosity and interest of the moment towards the object, and is inspired by what he sees and feels in everyday life. He is inspired by a fragment of ordinary life, such as calligraphy by children, view from the airplane, adverts hung in underground train. The works produced from those resources and the audienceﾕs personal experience and sensibility might overlap each other, then conveys his message. The unique value and view point he possesses allow the audience to notice humor and incident surrounding themselves, and to realize how important to have a moment to think.
His artworks with various characters will stimulate the audiences’ sensation. A video piece entitled “His Shadow Enwraps Me”, also the title of the show, is a simple work and unusually focused on naive side of the artist himself. There will also be various artworks such as an installation with the cooperation of 50 people who have supernatural power, and his first and the last (?) oil painting contains a magnificent theme.
As a human, he naturally swings over according to his interest and the fact shows his sincere attitude towards the producing artworks. We hope you enjoy his fluctuation, in a good sense.
The work exhibited might seem chaotic with various interpretations to the audience. The effect expands within the viewer and will give a little change in their everyday life.