木村秀樹 / Skin Unit
Hideki Kimura / Skin Unit

木村 秀樹
Hideki Kimura

2020.10.3(sat) - 2020.10.31(sat)
13:00 - 19:00 日曜・祝日休廊
Closed on Sundays and National Holidays


"Fall Maker 5" squeegeeing acrylic on canvas, 125 x 180 cm, 2019
"December Twisted" squeegeeing acrylic on canvas, 110 x 110 cm, 2017

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イリュージョンを支える半透明の膜 ー
約50年に及ぶ自身の仕事を検証/再構成したProject Periods(*1)を経て挑む、スキージ・ペインティングの最新作展


70年代より現在に至るまで、現代版画における代表的な作家の一人として、また画家としても国内外で活躍する木村秀樹。木村のカタロ・グレゾネとポートフォリオ版画集の制作が初仕事となったノマル(*2)では、以降作品の制作、展覧会開催と伴走。2015年からは4年間7回の展覧会を通して木村のこれまでのキャリアを俯瞰し、同時に新たな作品を制作するプロジェクト(*1)を行いました。
今展では、同プロジェクトの最終回を迎えた2018年前後より制作を進めていた、"スキージング(*3)"によるキャンバスを支持体としたアクリル作品群の中から近〜最新作を一堂に発表いたします。

物事の両義性に着眼し、その中庸にある感覚にリアリティを付加する要素としてグリッド上に描かれた半透明の膜。2Dと3Dの間を取り持つその膜は漆黒の画中で立体的なイメージを支持しながらもあくまであやうく視覚に訴えかけてきます。

版画をベースにしながらも美術のカテゴリーに囚われず各年代ごとに新たな表現手法にチャレンジしてきた木村秀樹。1973年の京都市立芸術大学西洋画科修了より50年近く走り続け、なお新たな地平を求めて前進する木村の現在地をその目で目撃ください。


(*1)
"Hideki Kimura: Project Periods 2015-2018" at Gallery Nomart, 2015 - 2018 >>【 詳しくはコチラ 】
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1989年に"版画工房ノマルエディション"として設立
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シルクスクリーン版画の刷りに用いる道具(squeegee)に-ingをつけた造語。スキージにローラーの性質を加味した自家製の道具を用いてアクリル絵具の層をキャンバスに定着させる。

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[Artist Statement]

個展 - Skin Unit -

アクリル絵具とスキージングを用いた絵画のシリーズから、新作(2017年~2020年にかけて制作)12点を中心に展示します。
キャンバス上にマスキングをほどこし、その上からスキージングをして作成される、半透明で光沢のない乳白色の皮膜を、「Skin Unit」と名付け、1つの造形単位と看做します。その1つ1つは、水の流れを矩形に切り取ったかに見える、透き通った中庸体です。
3Dソフトを使って、さまざまな形体を面張り構造で作成し、2次元に出力後、その面を「Skin Unit」で埋めて行きます。形体が面張り構造で設計されるのは、「Skin Unit」で構築される事が前提だからです。微かな具象性を持ちながらも、それとは確定できない、あいまいな形体です。「Skin Unit」に破綻が生じないための仮設体です。

木村秀樹 Hideki Kimura

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The translucent skin that supports the illusion -
Exhibition of the latest Squeegee paintings, following the completion of Project Periods, which examined and reconstructed nearly 50 years of Kimura’s work (*1).

From the 1970s to the present, Hideki Kimura has been one of the leading artists in the field of contemporary printmaking and has been active as a painter in Japan and abroad. Kimura's first project with Nomart (*2) was to create a catalogue raisonné and a portfolio of his prints and since then the two have been working closely together producing works and holding exhibitions. From 2015, Kimura held seven exhibitions over a four-year period as a project to gain an overview of his career as well as creating new works of art (*1).
This exhibition will bring together Kimura’s recent and latest acrylic “Squeegeeing”(*3) works on canvas which he has been working on since around 2018 when the aforementioned project reached its final round.

Kimura focuses on the ambiguity of things, and to add reality to the senses that lie in between, he layers a translucent skin over the grid. The skin, which straddles the line between 2D and 3D, supports the three-dimensional image in the jet-black surface, while at the same time appealing to the eye in an ambiguous way.

Although primarily focusing on printmaking, Hideki Kimura has challenged himself with new methods of expressions in each time period without restricting himself to a certain field of art. For nearly 50 years since completing his post graduate course of Kyoto Municipal University of Art, oil painting department in 1973, Kimura has been moving forward in his search for new horizons, and we invite you to witness his current position with your own eyes.

(*1)
"Hideki Kimura: Project Periods 2015-2018" at Gallery Nomart, 2015 - 2018
In the four years from 2015 to 2018, a total of seven exhibitions (Period) were held to give a statistical overview of Kimura's works from the early 1970s to the latest. The attempt of this project was to trace the itinerary of Kimura's thinking and to explore its appeal.
(*2)
Established in 1989 as “Nomart Editions for silkscreen printing”
(*3)
A coined word which combines “squeegee”, a tool used in screen printing, and “-ing”. He uses a handmade squeegee with roller characteristics to fix a layer of acrylic paint on the canvas.

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[Artist Statement]

Solo exhibition - Skin Unit-

This exhibition features 12 new works (created between 2017 and 2020) from my series of paintings using acrylic paint and Squeegeeing.
The translucent, non-glossy, milky-white coat created by masking the canvas and then squeegeeing over it is called "Skin Unit" and can be considered as a single modeling unit. Each coat is a transparent medium that looks like a rectangular cutout of a stream of water. I use a 3D software to create various shapes with a chamfering structure, output them to 2D, and then fill in the surfaces with the “Skin Unit”. The reason why the shapes are designed with a chamfering structure is because it is premised to be built with the "Skin Unit". Although having a subtle figurative quality, the structure is in an ambiguous from that cannot be identified as such. It is a temporary structure to prevent the "Skin Unit" from collapsing.

Hideki Kimura