The White - Osamu Sakuma (RONDADE) / Ikuhisa Sawada / Hiroyuki Arikawa (Workshop tm)
In the past year, the freedom of movement of all people has been drastically curtailed by the corona virus. Unlike people, works of art are not restricted in their movement. We should therefore not restrict them because we cannot travel ourselves.
This exhibition is a collaborative project of the artists Ikuhisa Sawada, Osamu Sakuma and Hiroyuki Arikawa of Alternative Space The White in Tokyo (JP) with the Dutch artists Maarten Schuurman and Esther Brakenhoff. Together they explore the possibilities for developing and presenting long-distance work in pandemic times.
Works have been made in both Amsterdam and Tokyo that thematizes distance, communication and mobility. These works were then sent in a specially made container to the other location by means of freight post without courier/artist. The works are accompanied by an installation manual that can be interpreted flexibly by the receiving artists. The works thus move autonomously beyond the intentions and preferences of the initial maker. The installation and de-installation of the works is documented and translated in a joint publication.
This project is made possible by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Japan.
Osamu Sakuma established Rondade to return to his initial impulse of creation to realize various forms and methods that are not bound by existing frameworks. He has published art books and photo collections, including Motohiro Tomii : Interact, Go Itami : photo- copy, Buku Akiyama : Composition No.1-10 and the deri- vatives, 2001-2016, etc., and Ikuhisa Sawada : substance.
Ikuhisa Sawada is born and based in Tokyo, Japan. He is founder of Alternative Space The White. In his practice as a photographer he presents his work as spatial installations, shifting between different dimensions.
Hiroyuki Arikawa was born in Tokyo. He started to make an appliance for his own apparel brand's exhibitions and has been working on appliance production and space composition since 2017. In 2020, he had started produ- cing and exhibiting artworks. In 2021, He had visual artwork for New Balance's apparel line "TOKYO DESIGN STUDIO” https://www.instagram.com/workshop__tm/