October 19th, Thursday – October 22nd, Sunday, 2017
hpgrp GALLERY TOKYO
B1F 5-7-17 Minamiaoyama,Minato-ku, Tokyo
October 19th, 7-9pm
Artist. Born in Ibaraki, Japan (1987).
Kubota’s practice revolves around memory and physical traces of the past, which although they have seemingly altered in form or even to have disappeared, are still sustained in the present time and space. Here, old and new, decay and growth, artifice and organic, human, animal and nature all share the same horizon of scattered parallel existences. She gravitates towards invisible yet certain matters; worn out teeth of a dead deer that once gorged the fruits of the land; the presence of the moon visible only as a reflection of sunlight; letters to someone who cannot be reached; or an evocative mirage of burning incense. Her historical and philosophical enquiries are materialised in diverse works from tracing paper, oil painting, photography, self-devised machines and installation to embellished minerals and porcelains.
The artist’s forthcoming exhibitions include a solo presentation at London’s Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation in January 2016. This will see the launch of a UK branch of the Missing Post Office, a project that was opened at the 2013 Art Setouchi Triennale and is still in operation today. She has taken part in many international group exhibitions in Tokyo, New York, Hong Kong and elsewhere. Kubota is a current artist-in-residence at City & Guilds of London Art School and PhD candidate at Tokyo University of the Arts.