The281th Issay Kitagawa
November 04, 2009 - November 28, 2009
This exhibition showcases Issay Kitagawa's own unique world view through his distinctive but at the same time somehow friendly objects, and his print expressions that are the result of his thorough pursuit of the finest nuance and ultimate in taste. He sounds the alarm about the decline in human performance that has been caused by the rationalization and conceptualization of things, and by the increasing dependence on computers in recent years.The transmission of human consciousness is the repeated establishment and breaking down of a common understanding. The source of creation lies in the narrow gap between the sharing of consciousness and the "differences" felt, as well as in the gap between unconsciousness and consciousness. The fact that the conceptualization of this kind of individual sensitivity and intuitiveness that we call human performance has an effect on the body is important. Based on these thoughts, the exhibition's installations have been designed to work on the bodies of the exhibition visitors. Kitagawa's aim is to enable them "to discover a hazy something hidden in the consciousness that has been overlooked or to discover a blank space or some presence in the gap in consciousness". The creator's intention is apparent in each of the works, but it should be acceptable for the person viewing the works to sense meanings that are different to those that were intended. While diversity and individuality are expressed on the one hand, these are times when it can be felt that present-day society is moving toward denying these concepts. Kitagawa's exhibition space accepts a diversity of interpretations from its visitors. "A person's bodily sensations must be free and diverse. I believe that each visitor will seek a common understanding from out of the differences sensed, and that what he/she thought was a common understanding will crumble. Those bodily sensation experiences will accumulate in the body, and I believe that at some time in the future this accumulation will become the source of creation." (Kitagawa) This is a matter of course for people whose livelihood is creative work, but even for people for whom this is not the case, we believe that this is a venue where they will be able to reaffirm as an essential human being the values of plenty and of freedom.