Whitestone Gallery Karuizawa is pleased to announce the much-revered sculptor Masayuki Tsubota’s solo exhibition: Unknown Memory. “Unknown memory” implies “the eerie sense” that everyone experiences when they are children, perhaps while playing in the mountains or along the riverside.

Learning about wooden architecture such as ancient temples presented the artist an opportunity to create wooden sculptures. One day, Tsubota sensed a presence from his artwork painted with red pigments, which was placed behind him. Since then, this “sense” has been one of the primary themes that has inspired the sculptor.

Tsubota observed that humans are divided by their races, religions, languages, economics, and so on. The fact that the human retina is distinctive, depending on the race of an individual, allows people to see differently even when they look at the same colour. How does this sense called “unknown memory” affect humans, who are diversified by these elements, when they observe his works? This is the main theme around which his exhibition is structured.

Tsubota’s artworks attract art audience through their unique usage of colours, wood – which is a living material and breathes ever after it has been shaved, their form that has distinctive vibrations, and the shadows cast by his works. His drawings and installations, which are open to the public for the first time, will be on display in this exhibition. We cordially invite you to enjoy this spectacular presentation of ideas, colours, art, and imagination.

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1F / KARUIZAWA NEW ART MUSEUM, 1151-5 Karuizawa, Karuizawa-machi, Kitasaku-gun, Nagano, 389-0102, Japan

Tel: +81 (0)267 46 8691

Opening Hours: 10:00 – 17:00 (October – June) , 10:00 – 18:00 (July – September)
Closed: Tuesday (*7 days a week in August)

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After receiving his B.A. and B.F.A. from the Osaka University of Arts, Masayuki Tsubota (1976- ) creates a series of sculptures with wood and aluminum, he delicately shaves and polishes the medium with vibrant colors to create a unifying effect. These underlying connotations are what give his sculptures numerous dimensions, as well as intrigue. The abstract texture and pattern urge the viewers to reflect on themselves once again, in order to re-experience seemingly familiar visual (Déjà-vu) in a different way. Tsubota believes colors always exist all around us in trans-phenomenal way, it penetrates our dreams, affecting our consciousness/unconsciousness. In this fast-paced informative era, we often eliminate the needs for colors; perhaps we left something important without noticing it. The recollection by Tsubota are artworks that cannot be express through physical sense.
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