Thought About White: Rice in Bento = A Space or Not?
When I was a child, a carpenter was coming to build an addition to our house with his own lunch. One day, I saw his large square bento box filled with white rice and a whole fish sausage buried in the middle of the rice. I was amazed at the simplicity and decisiveness of this, and the simple, strong, peach-colored composition of white rice and sausage still remains in my memory like a trauma. In the midst of my difficult work for this exhibition, that carpenter's Bento box suddenly popped into my head, and I began to fantasize about Bento boxes in various ways during production, and the white rice of the Bento box overlapped with the blank space on the paper, and I can't help but feel like I'm creating only works that are likened to Bento boxes. Actually, it is not an exhibition of artwork created with a Bento box as a clue, though.
Kinkan Gallery is pleased to present Hirose Ryoji's "Thought About White: Rice in Bento = A Space or Not?" from October 14 to November 5. Hirose continues to work with old materials, and in recent years, paper in particular, as his support material. For those who are involved in the creation of artworks, thinking about the blank spaces in a work is an eternal theme that cannot be escaped. His title draws me to think about whether painted or altered areas could also be blank spaces. Whether Hirose's "answer" (or perhaps a question) to his obsession with the overlapping image of the white rice in the Bento box and the blank space will appear in this exhibition is something that may be unpredictable even to him. Please take this opportunity to view the exhibition.
(Ota Kyoko, Kinkan Gallery)
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