[Interview] Bunpei Kado : The garden
Bunpei Kado explains the work at his current exhibition at Art Front Gallery.
This time, he created two installations in two rooms in totally different artistic tastes.
The installation view of solo show : The garden at Art Front Gallery, 2021
I was conceiving the whole room as a garden or temple, so I also added a round window of Zen temple in the material of cutting sheet. From the street, you can view a tatami-matted room against which you see garden.
Encounter with Bouldering holds
I had long been interested in its image as a whole where studs on the wall invites people to climb up them, an action against gravity managing to scale up without sense of gravity. The occasion for visualizing such interest came to me a couple of years ago at the exhibition in Fukui Fine Arts Museum located in my hometown. The exhibition theme was a collaboration between the collection of the museum and the artwork of contemporary artist, to ask the latter to generate a new work inspired with a museum piece on artist’s choice.
The line of this prefectural museum is fairly classic, out of which I chose a screen painting, a collage-like-piece composed of many different Japanese paintings. Several landscape paintings have been pasted onto the screen, each representing waterfall along rocks in form of so-called screen painting. This image was, for me, associated with a screen of today if these rocks could be transformed into the holds of bouldering. So, I made up a screen painting in “bouldering style”, modifying the composition of the existent screen.
Create a wall-garden in habitation space
I participated in an art competition organized by an interior company “Sanwa company” to exhibit in its show room, Tokyo. Given space was the booth-like space made of wall and floor．I myself is a sculptor, so usually I install my three-dimensional work on the floor, while I am always interested in exploring the possibility of developing my work on the wall and not on the floor, thus enabling the installation of three-dimensional objects in the living space. To create something on the wall, the idea of “garden” came up, a desire to have a garden in the midst of large city, either in a collective habitation or in a single form, making “a garden inside a room”. This is how the garden on the center wall was generated.
Since the “green wall” is already existent in the society, I decided to challenge the rock garden of dry landscape with the pseudo-style of rocks, using the bouldering holds instead of rocks. The composition of my “rock garden” is on the basis of the composition of the renowned rock garden of Ryoanji Temple in Kyoto.
Connected with the contemporary version of hanging scroll
They are heroes
（left) "Rock Garden #02" plywood, painted MDF, cap bolt 500x900x60mm、2021
(center) "Rock Garden #02" plywood, painted MDF, cap bolt 500x900x60mm、2021
(right) "Memory of the Wilde - Tree Chair" wood (chair), iron, lead, Japanese paper, 920x1030x620mm
(left) O2 2016 (right) "Tokyo Galaxian" 2020
small left pieces: Comic Generation Series 2012-16 small right : Heavy Tank (Osaka Castle)
In the third room, exhibited are the small Rock gardens or the availble works og the aritst. We appreciate your kind visit.
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Bunpei Kado's Solo Exhibition : The garden / Secret room
2021. May 21 (Fri.) -Jun. 20 (Sun.)