Rosenfeld Porcini is proud to present sound & vision, an exhibition by emerging artists Bongsu Park and Keita Miyazaki. The gallery will showcase new sound sculptures by Miyazaki on the ground floor and video works by Park on the lower level.
Although there is no apparent narrative or formal link between Bongsu Park and Keita Miyazaki, the juxtaposition of their practices aside from each of the artists individual quality, does yield a very interesting comparison into the nature of artistic inspiration.
Park’s starting point is to look at herself and her relationship to other people, her need for company yet also solitude. Her dance pieces are born out of this quandary: The continual oscillation between the joining and separation of human relationships; but contemporaneously there is also a great spiritual search for oneness. The egg, the ultimate symbol for human life, and the perfection of its form are elements often used in her early works. The boxes she has featured in her video piece CUBE are another representation of ‘the perfect shape’, although now more robust and angular; they float in space, each completely contained but also relating to the others in the surroundings.
Bongsu Park’s most recent works are both a continuation and a development of her earlier videos. There is an added complexity to the structure of her material as well as a larger scope to her narrative. Park has created, for the first time, a piece with three dancers, CELL in which she experiments with perspectives and display. CORE, which is also inaugurated in the exhibition, concerns an individual’s dialogue with sculptural form; this new piece is the most poetic work produced by the artist yet: A female dancer evolves slowly into life as if emerging from the womb.
Keita Miyazaki’s wonderfully original sculptures are quite different to Park’s videos as they arise out of an observation of the exterior world. After witnessing the tragedy of the tsunami, the artist felt the need to create a new ‘utopian’ vision out of the ashes of the ‘dystopia’ in Japan. He wanted to create artworks out of the rubble, sculptures which would point forward to a new beginning.
Miyazaki’s works, which marry traditional Japanese origami with parts of old car engines, create a completely new visual universe. Drawing on his work in metallurgy, he has managed to create visually original and beautiful artworks, which also succeed to clearly convey his idea of the ‘utopian dystopia’. The particularity of these sculptures is increased by sound, which emanates from speakers strategically placed within each one. The jingles heard can vary from music played in Japanese supermarkets to the tune played in the Tokyo metro system announcing someone has committed suicide.
Bongsu Park and Keita Miyazaki’s final observations of the ‘inner’ and ‘outer’ world share a great attention to formal excellence and a highly original approach to their chosen mediums. There is no slavish adherence to current artistic fashions but merely a strong, individual vision pushed as far as each artist can take it.