Koji Kakinuma – Exploring Calligraphy at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Pref.

23rd November, 2013 - 2nd March, 2014 | Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Pref.
Calligrapher Koji Kakinuma—born in 1970, lives and works in Tokyo. At five years old he took up the brush, first under father, Suiryu Kakinuma, and later Yukei Teshima and Ichijo Uematsu. Asking "Is Shodo art? Am I an artist?" Kakinuma has continually pushed the boundaries of Shodo, the Japanese art of calligraphy.
Kakinuma brings to Shodo a contemporary vision grounded in tradition. He probes the principle of calligraphy in an endeavor to see calligraphy as a contemporary art form. "Inhale, exhale—use the brush freely!" is the figure of calligraphy he aspires to.
Kakinuma’s expressive style takes many forms. "Rinsho" (brushing after a model) is a platform for dialogue with master calligraphers and people of the ancient past. "Encounters"—an offshoot of Rinsho—are his interpretations of others’ words in the Kakinuma style. His "super-large-scale works" are pictorial investigations using charcoal ink. Then, there is "performance," where he shares the creative process with an audience, "trancework"—countless repetitions of simple, powerful phrases, and "installations" that give temporal and spatial development to calligraphy on grand scale.
The calligraphy of Koji Kakinuma is thus an "art of today" that draws from calligraphy, contemporary art, and sub-culture. It is calligraphy of hope that looks to tomorrow. It is calligraphy of possibility, free and open to the future. This exhibition will present the world of Koji Kakinuma through some 700 of his foremost works.   official website ››  http://www.kanazawa21.jp/data_list.php?g=88&d=120

  • Koji Kakinuma – Exploring Calligraphy at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Pref.   Koji Kakinuma – Exploring Calligraphy at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Pref.
      「柿沼康二 書の道 “ぱーっ”」(金沢21世紀美術館)


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