MADARA MANJI : VORTEX
Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition “VORTEX” by Japanese contemporary artist MADARA MANJI.
2020.07.01 - 2020.08.02
11:00 - 15:00
KARUIZAWA NEW ART MUSEUM 1F Gallery 3
- 2020.07.01 - 2020.08.02
- KARUIZAWA NEW ART MUSEUM 1F Gallery 3
- Open Hours
- 11:00 - 15:00
- Closed on Monday
- Free entrance
- Presence of the Artist
- 7.1 Wed - 8.2 Sun
- Contact Information
- KARUIZAWA NEW ART MUSEUM
About the Exhibition
Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition “VORTEX” by Japanese contemporary artist MADARA MANJI―his second solo exhibition in Karuizawa.
MADARA MANJI attracts great deal of attention both domestically and internationally by his unique metal sculptures based on Japanese traditional ‘Mokume-gane’ technique, which is a sort of toreutic. In his first solo exhibition “Antagonism and Transcendence” held at Karuizawa New Art Museum in 2017, he made a vivid impression on visitors with his excellent use of materials and techniques, in which he visualized how his inner contradiction or discrepancy which are originally never compatible with others sublime by repeating collision and confrontation.
In this exhibition, three years thereafter, MADARA MANJI extends his theory and philosophy “the power of being mixed and together” that he has treated as an individual scale to “the relationship between self and others”. Universal contradiction like “desire and reason” or existing paradoxes in times and societies are effectively projected onto various materials by the magic of MADARA MANJI. In his universe, where all those elements are unified with his technique requiring strong energy, sum of the things wiggles in an object and transforms into an uncontrollable vortex of power, gradually increasing tensions.
While the phase where contradicted forces are transformed from ‘self-destruction’ to ‘self-reliance’ after confrontation and integration seems to represent unchangeable quality of human beings, it also exposes our arrogance in the society. His aesthetics flickering in the delicacy keeps nobility.
©KARUIZAWA NEW ART MUSEUM 2017
Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 and its worldwide spread, we are in the height of confusion.
This exhibition entitled “VORTEX” literally focuses on the notion of “vortex” in which countless factors react mutually and continue to spread unlimitedly.
The “vortex” surged by successive reaction of countless factors includes unexpected events which react one after another, and it continues to enlarge without knowing any boundary.
We are also involved in such a kind of “vortex” by contributing to create new causal relationship and enlarge it endlessly.
The huge “vortex” in which all the elements intertwin and unforeseen situations run intricately.
We are also living in the midst of that huge “vortex”,
We have to survive in it.
Mushrooming “VORTEX”, is it right or wrong?
It would be my great pleasure if you could see it for yourself in this summer.
©KARUIZAWA NEW ART MUSEUM 2017
Born in Tokyo, 1988. He learned the basic techniques of metalworking under a craftsman in Kyoto. After trained for several years, he became independent and started his career as an artist. By hitting different types of non-ferrous metals with heating to high temperatures, he creates delicate and highly intricate patterns. Within the process of Mokume-gane, he found common points with the “ambivalence” of the human spirit.
VORTEX Promotion Movie
VORTEX Specialised webpage (jp) http://knam.jp/vortex/
《 Uncovered Cube ＃25 》100 × 100 × 100 mm / Copper, Silver, Gold, Brass / 2020
《 Uncovered Cube ＃24 》103 × 103 × 103 mm / Copper, Silver, Gold, Brass / 2020
《 Revision ＃01 》270 × 320 × 35 mm / mixed media / 2020