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)
On the pretext of going to pick up sand, I accompany others.
Over the course of that time, a relationship responding to the sand and the other person gradually builds up.
Though a fundamental material that shapes our society, sand is also is absurdly difficult for us to grasp.
If you pick up sand at a river or on the beach and examine it closely, you realize that its granularity and color gives it an individual expression.
And yet it is difficult for us to store that expression properly in our memory.
Just as the sand that we hold in our hands slips constantly through our fingers, ultimately returning to the ground, so too does its countenance slip away just when we think we have caught it.
There is a disparity of scale between humans and sand. And that’s precisely why people are unable to fully enter the world of sand.
As for me and my companion on a trip to pick up sand, we share the sensation of looking together at the same sand during the same time and in the same place, but we are actually looking at different worlds that lie beyond the sand.
And for that reason, there comes a moment when host and guest switch places during the trip.
Sand is an Other, a decisively different entity from us, and a trip accompanying someone mediated through that sand comes into contact with the fact that I too am, for another person, an Other, and so I come to know a pleasant kind of solitude.
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.