Gravity Space - Red

Artist内田 晴之 UCHIDA Haruyuki
ExhibitionThe 17th UBE Biennale
PlaceTokiwa Park
MaterialStainless Steel

The work features four stainless steel boxes in formation. Because gravity limits the arrangement of boxes when they are stacked up, ingenious ideas are employed to clear these barriers. First, with the sculptor’s signature use of magnetic force, the empty and imbalanced boxes are kept perfectly horizontal by the repulsion force of magnets installed inside the box. The bottom of the quadrangular pyramid that serves as the base is made into a parallelogram to make it look flatter than it actually is and to emphasize the imbalance. The two parts, suggested to form a cylindrical shape, are cut to have smaller bottoms and arranged to avoid diagonal alignment to create a peculiar sense of distance. Above all, the red paint – another signature often employed by the sculptor – accentuates the presence of the artwork against the background green (complementary color of red) of the lawns and pine trees, while the color visually deprives it of material texture and weight. These various factors intertwine and liberate the piece from the gravity of everyday reality, keeping it visually afloat. The scale of the work makes us “feel” it rather than “see” it, as it drags us into the illusional space created by the work. When we stand in front of the work, we find ourselves in the atmosphere of a different dimension.
Document ID21580
Source第17回現代日本彫刻展 大賞(宇部市賞)Grand Prize (Ube City Prize)