Japanese contemporary artist Kensho Miyoshi is holding “PUWANTS”, a beautiful Kinetic artwork at Factotum Gallery (Daikanyama).
Kinetic art explores how things look when they move. Most Kinetic art pieces are sculptured works, made up of parts designed to be set in motion by an internal mechanism or an external stimulus, by a motor, water, wind or even a button pushed by the viewer (History of Kinetic Art).
“Kinetic art was created by artists who pushed the boundaries of traditional, static art forms to introduce visual experiences that would engage the audience and profoundly change the course of modern art”
(- Theo Jansen, Dutch kinetic artist)
“PUWANTS” is a deceptively simple artwork. At first sight the idea of contemplation of nature came to my mind . But after an unexpected conversation with the artist (yes, he was at the gallery) I found out that there’s more behind these pieces.
Miyoshi’s background is aerospace engineering. He creates his installations by means of experimentation rather than calculation. He tells me that the flowers in “PUWANTS” are made from recycled plastic bottles and straws. The bubbles that travel along the flowers stem, go only in one direction but when they get trapped in certain points, they create friction, consequently creating a rhythmic slow-motion movement in the flower, the most critical element in these sculptures.
If you get close enough, you’ll also be able to listen to the melody these dancing flowers create.
“Just as one can compose colors or forms, so one can compose motions.”
– Alexander Calder
“PUWANTS” (2014) by Kosei Komatsu & Kensho Miyoshi (小松 宏誠 × 三好 賢聖 – All video credits go to them)
It’s in exhibitions like these where I become aware that the beauty of an object can also be the result of a mechanical movement.
“Hamon”, Miyoshi’s other signature piece, also includes assemblages of motors and uses water as his media to explore the passage of time. You can have a look at it HERE
Also check “Like A Bird” a beautiful mandala under water by Kosei Komatsu HERE (Roppongi Art Night 2014 「六本木アートナイト2014」)
– About FACTOTUM and FACTOTUM GALLERY
Koji Udo is the creative mind behind menswear brand FACTOTUM. After graduating from college and studying abroad, he came back to Japan and launched FACTOTUM in 2004. The brand has a strong passion for jeans and tries to blend high fashion with real clothes. Udo takes inspiration from artists, musicians and cultural figures for each of his collections. In fact, the brand was named after “Factotum” (1975), the famous novel by cult American writer Charles Bukowski. Since its launch, Factotum has been one of the most successful Japanese menswear brands. The flagship store is in Daikanyama and it hosts FACTOTUM GALLERY, a contemporary art gallery, curated by Ryo Nakamura.
I’d like to thank Factotum Gallery’s curator, Ryo Nakamura, who kindly let me shoot inside their beautiful art space… ありがとうございます
And a big thanks to Kensho Miyoshi, for taking the time to talk to me. ありがとうございます
Factotum Gallery: 11-3 Uguisudani-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0032, Tel: 03-5459-9779, Official Website: Closest Station Daikanyama or Shibuya (7 minute walk from the North Exit of Daikayama Station on the Tokyu Toyoko line, 10 minute walk from the Shin-Minami Exit of JR Shibuya Station), Opening Hours: 13:00 to 20:00. ENDS DEC 7th, 2014 .// Cover photo and Clip by Kosei Komatsu & Kensho Miyoshi (小松 宏誠 × 三好 賢聖 – all credits go to them)
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