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Japanese Art Sound Archive collaboration: Mitsunori Kurashige, Seven Performances in 1974 (A Recreation), 2020

 

The Japanese Art Sound Archive collaborated with Mitsunori Kurashige to produce Seven Performances in 1974 (A Recreation), which references the artist’s original 1974 works at Tamura Gallery. The new work is presented in the exhibition “Mitsunori Kurashige + Junji Amano: Where Minimalism Leads,” which opens on November 14th, 2020 at the Yokosuka Museum of Art. I contributed a text on the 1974 performances to the exhibition catalog.
 
Approximately five years after his debut in 1968, Kurashige stopped using a fluorescent lamp, his trademark material, and had several performances in his private space to reflect upon his artistic practice. His solo exhibition in Tamura Gallery provided him the opportunity to present his process of trial and error. Kurashige displayed all of the materials from his performances, posted instructions on the gallery wall, and gave a performance every day during the exhibition. The seven performances consisted of passive actions such as looking in the mirror, hiding in the corner, and listening to music.
 
The new work, Seven Performances in 1974 (A Recreation), is a video recording of a re-enactment of the performances by Kurashige. The text describes the original 1974 performances in detail and attempts to consider their significance in his artistic career.

 
 
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Mitsunori Kurashige, Listening to Music, 1974 Music, Tape recorder, Cassette tape ©Mitsunori Kurashige Unidentified photographer

 
 
 
 
Japanese Art Sound Archive collaboration: Mitsunori Kurashige, Seven Performances in 1974 (A Recreation), 2020

Yokosuka Museum of Art “Mitsunori Kurashige + Junji Amano: Where Minimalism Leads” November 14th – December 25th Infomation (Japanese)

Mitsunori Kurashige, Seven Performances in 1974 (A Recreation), 2020
Exhibition Space, Steel, Projector, DVD Player, DVD
Color, 110 minutes
Videographer, Editor|Daika Matsukura
Collaborator|Japanese Art Sound Archive (Tomotaro Kaneko)

Text
Tomotaro Kaneko, “Odd epistemology: Mitsunori Kurashige’s seven performances in 1974”
 
 
 
Mitsunori Kurashige Biography

1946 Born in Fukuoka
1970 Left Nihon University College of Art, Department of Fine Arts

Selected Solo Exhibitions
1970 “A Game of Tacitly Creating Transparent Matter”, Tamura Gallery, Tokyo
1997 “Indefinite Square”, Köstring/Maier gallery, Munich
2000 “Blue Indefinite Square”, LA Artcore Brewery Annex, Los Angeles
“Deep Blue Scenery”, Museum Haus Kasuya, Kanagawa
2003 “Deep Blue Scenery”, LA Artcore Brewery Annex, Los Angeles
“Mitsunori Kurashige”, Itami Museum of Art, Osaka
“Depth of Blue”, Kanagawa Prefectural Gallery, Kanagawa
2012 ”Flickering Square”, Hebel_121, Bazel
2014 “Unfinished Map”, Nagi Museum of Contemporary Art, Okayama

Selected Group Exhibitions
1972 “Artists Today ’72”, Yokohama Citizens Gallery, Kanagawa
1980 ”Blank Space”, Association Katia-Pissarro, Paris
1981 “The 2nd Hara Annual”, Hara Museum, Tokyo
1985 “The Prospect of Contemporary Art: Transforming Imagination”, Fukuoka Prefectural Museum of Art, Fukuoka
1992 “Kanagawa Art Annual ’92”, Kanagawa Prefectural Gallery, Kanagawa
1994 “Cross and Squar: Grids”, The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, Saitama
1996 “YumeOoka Art Project”, Kanagawa
2003 “Kyushu-Power: Kyushu as the Worldwide Art”, Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, Kumamoto
2004 “Hand in Hand / Contrasts”, KUBUS Hannover Städtische Galerie, Hannover
2005 “The Art of Breathing in the World: Art and Respiration”, Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art, Chiba
2016 “Setouchi Triennale 2016 (Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music Setouchi Art Project Teem)”, Kagawa
2019 “Spiral: Oita Art Festival 2019″, Oita

Public Collections
Gallery Cocon, Tokyo Oita Prefectural Art Museum, Oita Chiba Prefectural Museum of Art, Chiba YumeOoka Art Project, Kanagawa Megi House (Produced by Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music), Kagawa Conrad Tokyo, Tokyo Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, Kumamoto Audi Museum, Ingolstadt