Voyage – Emerging Artists Support Program
Exhibition of Sayuri Kanno and Sotaro Kikuchi “Practicing Landscape”
Saturday February 6th through Sunday March 28th,
2021 at the Sugimura Jun Museum of Art (Shiogama City),
30 minutes east of Sendai.
10:00–17:00 (last admission 16:30)
Closed Mondays (except for July 15th and August 12th), July 16th and August 13th
Admission (permanent collection + special exhibition):
• Adults: 500 yen
• University / High school students: 400 yen
• Junior high school students and under: Free
• Discount for museum members and people with special needs.
Returning for its sixth consecutive year, the Shiogama Sugimura Jun Museum of Art presents Voyage, our annual program to support local upcoming contemporary artists.
For 2021, Voyage is delighted to showcase two unique artists of interdisciplinary backgrounds: photographer Sayuri Kanno and architect/artist Sotaro Kikuchi.
Under the collective theme of “Practicing Landscape”, the 2021 exhibition consists of photography and installation. Kanno shares with us her photographs of both natural landscapes and residential neighborhoods that have emerged over the past decade in the suburbs of Sendai and its surrounding coastal areas such as Ishinomaki, Yuriage, and Onagawa. Meanwhile, Kikuchi’s installation works combine his reflections on a faraway house which he has long been emotionally attached to with natural materials he discovered during his fieldwork in Shiogama City and its surrounding areas.
Using digital cameras, Kanno has been producing photographic works since the early 2000s while studying at university, and her main theme is the sense of strangeness seen in urban spaces in Japan today and the people living within it.
In this exhibition, Kanno focuses on the surroundings where she lives. Through photographs which she has done, she documents the restoration and reconstruction that has continued in various residential areas of Miyagi Prefecture—as well as its coastal and inland landscapes—all affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011.Her works always attempt to accurately capture the surface of her subjects and reflect their individual mentalities and respective backstories.
Using his medium of combining landscape drawings, objects, and various construction materials, Kikuchi creates art installations that persuade how visitors experience space.
For his upcoming artwork, Kikuchi takes inspiration from a house he visited in Indonesia in 2018. The house stood the test of time as it had been repeatedly extended and renovated spontaneously by a series of different people who lived, worked, and moved there, even long after its original homeowner passed away. Through his fieldwork documenting that house, he wishes to express to the general public his personal experience and feelings of how it was like living in such a unique house—a place he calls as an “inner space” and extending that into society which he also defines it as the “outer space.”
Through this edition of Voyage, these two artists are given a platform to experiment and master their respective crafts. They try to explore and capture the various characteristics and complexities of the process of making their art in that moment as it is considered temporal.
With the Shiogama Sugimura Jun Museum of Art, a space itself built from the remnants of Japan’s Showa Era, as the stage to display their works, we hope that this exhibition will provide an opportunity for the public to reflect and learn together about the essence and definition of the word “landscape” in the present, as well as the future such uncertain times.
About Sayuri Kanno
Photographer. Born in Miyagi Prefecture in 1979 and currently resides in Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture. In 2002, she graduated from Tohoku University of Art & Design, Faculty of Design Engineering, Department of film. Since 2001, she has been continuously uploading her photographs on her website sayurikanno.com.
Month of Photography, Sendai “New-Standard Mixture” (2019) at SARP Sendai, Miyagi
Selected Group Exhibitions
New Digital Age (2003) at Krasnoyarsk Museum Centre, Russia
New Digital Age2 (2005) at Le Vall Gallery, Russia
“The Uses of Photography: Toward a New Criticality” (2015) at Nakano Campus Building No.3 Gallery of Tokyo Polytechnic University, Tokyo
Selected for the 22nd Hitotsubo Photography Exhibition (2004)
Selected for the 27nd Hitotsubo Photography Exhibition (2007)
About Sotaro Kikuchi
Architect/artist. Born in Iwate Prefecture in 1993 and currently resides in Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture. After studying at Gadjah Mada University in Indonesia from 2017 to 2018, he graduated from the Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Graduate School of Engineering, Tohoku University in 2019.
“Iegoto” (2017) at Gallery TURNAROUND, Miyagi
“WISMA・KUWERA” (2019) at Gallery TURNAROUND, Miyagi
“Please Do Not Enter The Exhibition Room” (2019) at Karato Museum, Kagawa
“Cafe Waste Land” (2019)at Gallery TURNAROUND, Miyagi
Selected Group Exhibitions
“phase transition” (2019) at KUGURU, Yamagata
“Collective Storytelling -Contemporary Art from Yogyakarta,Indonesia” at Synesthesia, New York
“Collective Storytelling” at the class room of the former Ibuki elementary school at Setouchi Triennnale 2019）
“NIWAINI” (2018) for ASP(Artist Support Project) in Yogyakarta, Indonesia
“POLYGONS” (2020) at sendai mediatheque, Miyagi
Joined as a member of the group “KENCHIKU Downers”
Recipient of the Aoba Prize – in recognition for his Master’s degree project at the Tohoku University, Graduate School of Engineering’s Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture, titled “Kiroku to Kenchiku (Recording and Architecture).”
Translated by JUNBI Supporters