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Hicosaka Toshiaki: Sand Story
Venue [ The Triangle ]
Hicosaka Toshiaki is an artist who focuses on creating ways to share a space and time with people or objects. By collaborating with others and gradually building “places,” he attempts to carefully ascertain the existence of things and people decisively different from himself.
The process of conceiving this exhibition led Hicosaka to the sand that lies under our feet. During the initial preparation, he would go on walks with his collaborators (who he calls his “companions”), touch, pick up, and examine the sand, and then bring back various sensations and images. Sand is an everyday substance but also something both literally and figuratively shifting and difficult to grasp. The exhibition has amassed countless numbers of little “sand stories” dealing with this elusive substance.
The exhibition gallery features sandboxes for visitors to touch and examine sand with their own hands, and even walk on it. Other exhibits include videos and small works about sand, opening up the gallery as a place for people to gather.
Each visitor to the exhibition will surely take home their own sand story.
The Triangle is a space newly created for the reopening of the Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum of Art. It aims to nurture emerging artists, especially those associated with Kyoto, and to provide opportunities for museum visitors to experience contemporary art. In order to connect the artist, museum, and viewer in a triangle and deepen those connections, the space hosts an eponymous series of special exhibitions and presents new artistic expressions from Kyoto.
The Triangle’s graphic design in 2022 is by Nishimura Yuichi (rimishuna). As this series of exhibitions that supports emerging artists with connections to Kyoto enters its third year, the museum searched for a fresh style by a designer similarly with links to the city where it is located. In Nishimura’s design, text is laid over a triangle of rough, hand-drawn lines, forming an image of the works in the exhibition.
- May 31 (Tue.) - September 25 (Sun.), 2022
- 10:00〜18:00 Last Admission: 17:30
- The Triangle
- Closed on
- Mondays (except public holidays)
I think up pretexts for being with other people. Based on those pretexts, I try to share a space and time with others. Doing so, relationships in response to others and objects gradually emerge, and then from within these organic relationships appear various forms of input.
Sand is the fundamental material that shapes our society. This familiar substance is defined only in terms of its state. As such, there’s no need for individual grains to show traces of broken minerals. Even if you pick up sand at a river or on the coast and examine it closely, its color and expression are soon forgotten. The more we try to know what sand is, the more its “resolution” decreases.
It is through this difficult-to-grasp thing that is sand that we can search that frontier with others in an open state of mind, and perhaps accumulate input. In that sense, sand can be considered part of the commons that spreads out under our feet. I approach sand not as a material but as a medium for being together with others. First, make a pretext out of taking a walk with others and going to pick up some sand.
Hicosaka Toshiaki was born in 1983 in Aichi Prefecture and is now based in Kyoto, where he is enrolled in the doctoral program in sculpture at the Kyoto City University of Arts Graduate School of Arts. In 2015, he stayed in the UK and Iceland on a grant from the Pola Art Foundation. Hicosaka’s recent major exhibitions include MAIX (Malaysia Artist Intention Experiment) Report Exhibition (Tempat Bibah, Kuala Lumpur, 2019) and To Look at the Fire (Daiwa Foundation, London, 2017). He also runs the artist collective KISOJI with Tategami Kotaro and Maetani Kai. He is a lecturer in the Kyoto University of the Arts Department of Art and Child Studies.