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Past Exhibitions

Osamu Kokufu: His Work and His Circle

2015. 5.1[fri] – 5.30[sat] 11:00 - 19:00 (Saturdays, 5.5[tue] and 5.6[wed] : 11:00 - 17:00) Closed on Sundays and Mondays
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  • Opening reception

    5. 2 [sat] 15:00-17:00

  • Closing reception

    5. 30 [sat] 15:00-17:00

  • Organized by ARTCOURT Gallery / Cooperated by Katsuya Kokufu and Solar Power Lab.  

Concept

“ I have a sense of myself, even as I am human, as being an extension of something utterly material, and the plants I have begun working with extending from machine construction seem to me a kind of process of reaching toward humanness.”
(“An Interview with Osamu Kokufu” (conducted by Tsukasa Ikegami on March 2, 2011), in "The Work of Osamu Kokufu", Artcourt Gallery, 2011, p. 26)

Working with vehicular forms as a central motif, Osamu Kokufu (1970 – 2014) created large-scale sculptural works that actually operate and carry out functions. While making use of various industrial products as work materials, he developed original design ideas and structural aesthetics, crafting components by hand as needed to realize numerous unique car and motorcycle pieces. Kokufu’s form-creation philosophy and worldview became known as “KOKUFUMOBIL”, and his “moving sculptures”, which reached completion only upon being operated within actual landscapes, have continued to excite people’s imaginations with visions of future.

Through his combining of vehicles with plants and ecosystems, and his development of garden- and conservatory-format pieces with themes of “movement” and “circulation” that conveyed allegorically reversed structures of the workings of nature and humanity, Kokufu rapidly expanded the scale of his creative output. With its pure spirit with regard to craftsmanship and its ironical questioning of our society’s impending burial by machine civilization, the art of Osamu Kokufu has influenced many of today’s creators.

This exhibition presents 15 major works in which Kokufu was creating or harnessing wind, or traveling with the work itself, including "ROBO Whale", "Sailing Bike" and "Parabolic Garden", along with 65 contributions from many of those in the art world who have supported and loved his work, from pieces in homage and collaborative creations to critiques and essays (37 artworks and 28 pieces of writing). While engaging in investigations of the continually fusing, opposing and circulating energies of machines and nature, Kokufu always sought the “future” from the “here and now”. It is our earnest hope that this multifaceted delving into the “work of Osamu Kokufu” will lead to the discovery of new points of view.

Artist

Osamu Kokufu

●37 artworks by:
Shinya Ishida
Tomoko Inagaki
Takuma Uematsu
Chu Enoki
Kenji Endo
Kauki Onishi
Takayuki Okamoto
Takeshi Onda
Kawai+Okamura
Tomonobu Kawakami
Haruka Kawamoto
Kitakagaya Minnanoen+Fablab Kitakagaya+Osamu Kokufu
Taiyo Kimura
Toru Kuranuki
Tetsujiro Suita+Osamu Kokufu
Masato Kodama
Takahiro Sagawa
Tomas Svab
Kyota Takahashi+Yoshihiro Katsumata+Mitsutaka Kitamura+Osamu Kokufu+Takashi Nishibayashi
Tomotaka Takahashi+Koichi Shiraishi+Osamu Kokufu+Kenji Yanobe+ULTRA FACTORY
Keiko Tanigawa
Satoru Tamura
Seiji Toyonaga
Kohei Nawa
Hideo Nagai
Hitoshi Nomura
Hideyuki Bingo
Kazuo Fukunaga
Sadaharu Horio
Haruko Honda
Yasuyoshi Botan
Takao Machiba
Ryo Muraoka
Takashi Yamamiya
Kazue Yoshihara
Raita Yoshida

●28 pieces of writing
Yasuko Araki
Takashi Ishizaki
Takahiro Okuwaki
Akiko Kasuya
Tadashi Kanai
Ei Kawakita
Taiyo Kimura
Mirai Kimura
Satoko Kiyosawa
Ai Kusumoto
Sumiko Kumagai
Takashi Kurata
Takahumi Kobuki
Yoshihiko Sano
Yuka Shimizu
Yasuyuki Shimada
Shogo Jimbo
Tsuneko Tanaka
Kaoru Teraura
Hiroyuki Nakatsuka
Fumiko Nakamura
Hideo Nagai
Michiko Haga
Maho Fukagaya
Tadasu Fujii
Kazumi Matsushita
Tomoyuki Mitsui
Mayumi Yamamoto

  • Osamu Kokufu [ROBO Whale] 2008-09|Car parts, propeller, steel, other|260×380×770 cm|Photo: Nobutada Omote
  • Osamu Kokufu [ROBO Whale] 2008-09|Car parts, propeller, steel, other|260×380×770 cm|Photo: Nobutada Omote
  • Osamu Kokufu [Electric Tricycle] 1994-04|Steel, motercycle parts, electric motor, battery, FRP|58×117×242 cm|Photo: Kazuo Fukunaga
  • Osamu Kokufu [Sailing Bike] 2005|FRP, sailing gear, stainless steel, aluminium, other|402×38×275 cm
  • Osamu Kokufu [Parabolic Garden] 2010|Parabolic antenna, steel, plant, tire, other|120×120×120 cm|Collection of Mr. Masami Tanaka|Photo: Nobutada Omote
  • Installaion view| Photo: Tomas Svab
  • Installaion view| Photo: Tomas Svab
  • Installaion view| Photo: Tomas Svab
  • Installaion view| Photo: Tomas Svab
  • Installaion view| Photo: Tomas Svab

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