Kimura Shoma: Virtually Unswimming
Venue [ The Triangle ]
In addition to conventional paintings employing brush, pigments and canvas, Kimura Shoma produces works in 3DCG and VR that incorporate painterly rules. Digital technologies have opened up new expressive possibilities for the artist, including floating lines and color fields, yet also endowed his painting with a totally new sensation; one likened by Kimura to the difficulty of moving through water, hence the title of this exhibition. Such physical and visual sensations peculiar to the times are the product of today’s overlapping of digital and analog. What impact does this have on the painter personally? What Kimura explores could be described as a new model for painting to accompany this development.
Including Kimura’s latest output, Virtually Unswimming will be composed of two-dimensional canvases, three-dimensional VR, and works somewhere in between using clear glass windows (the ground-level section of The Triangle) as supports. Set in three different types of space, the works will be interconnected, at the same time individually offering the viewer glimpses into an entirely new realm of painting. As you view Kimura’s works, take special note of the artist’s movements and sense of color, etched on his lines and color fields.
About “The Triangle”
“The Triangle” is a space that is newly created on the occasion of the renewal opening of the Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum of Art. Our aim is for it to become a venue to nurture emerging artists, centered on artists associated with Kyoto, and to provide an opportunity for museum visitors to experience contemporary art. In order to connect the “artist, museum and viewer” in a triangle and deepen their connection, we will use this space to host a series of special exhibitions bearing the name “The Triangle” as we set out to present new artistic creations from Kyoto.
- Sep. 19 (Sat)– Nov. 29 (Sun), 2020
- The Triangle
- Closed on
- Mondays, except public holidays.
About the Artist
Born 1966 in Osaka Prefecture. MFA in painting from Kyoto City University of Arts. Recent solo exhibitions include After the DREAM -Floating Paintings + VR Uncertainty- (ninetytwo13gallery, 2018). Recent group exhibitions include ignore your perspective 49 “Lighter than a piece of paper but heavier than an image” (Kodama Gallery, 2019) and The Technique of Optimism (BnA Alter Museum SCG, 2020). Recipient of Kyoto City University of Arts Annual Exhibition 2017 Mayor’s Award (2018) and Contemporary Art Foundation, 4th CAF Award Grand Prize (2017).
Digital catalogue of Kimura Shoma : Virtually Unswimming, the second exhibition at The Triangle, is now available on the museum’s website free of charge. The PDF publication contains an essay by the curator in charge of the exhibition and numerous installation views of The Triangle and Northwest Entrance. The museum will continue to publish digital catalogues for the exhibition series to archive activities at The Triangle.
Date of publication: November 2020
Published by: Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum of Art
Price: Free of charge
Edited by: Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum of Art
On Saturday, October 3, a live painting session by Kimura Shoma will be held as part of “A Night With Art 2020” at the Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum of Art, staged to coincide with “Nuit Blanche Kyoto 2020.” The completed work will then be displayed in The Triangle until the closing of the exhibition on Sunday, November 29. See our website for further information.
A Night With Art