Nakanojo Biennale 2 中之条ビエンナーレ2

As in the previous post, I’d like to write about some works exhibited at Nakanojo Biennale again.

Again in the town centre, there’s a lovely space called Nakata Mokuzai. The venue is basically a warehouse to store timers. I’d like to highlight two British artists who exhibit their works there.

The first one is Jaime Humphreys. In the previous Biennale, he produced an impressive drawing work based on the contour lines from a topographical map of Nakanojo using white sand. The work was exhibited in a massive PE room of a local school. It was great that he got the community involved in making the work and this time he did it well again. So he showed two video pieces inside of the warehouse. Both were shot locally and showed beautiful landscape of the area. Together with the buzzing sound of cicadas and crickets, both videos make the audience feel a bit nostalgic. I particularly liked one of them. It basically shows “standing a tree with human hands”. There’s a fallen tree on the ground and several lines of local people in line in different directions. They use strings to pull the trees. It stands eventually, but is cut off again. The video has a subtle sense of humour and makes us think of the situation of forestry. What is the best human relationship with the nature?

Next to Humphreys’ work, you will find Sam Stocker’s impressive installation. The space in the warehouse itself is lovely, hefty timbers are stored on the sides and create tranquil atmosphere. Stocker’s installation, which could look like an eagle, plane, or organ, has a dominating presence, yet it looks like it’s blending into the ceiling and the timbers on the sides. The artist found that the family of the owner of the warehouse made a significant amount of donation to the government to make a fighting plane during the war. He received inspiration from the story and made the installation with wood as you can see in the image. What I liked about the work is that it could be interpreted in different ways. It reminded me of a church organ somehow when looking at it from the front. When I walked around, I found some traces of a plane. The whole space had somehow a sacred presence, almost like a cathedral, yet it had a touch of playful mind.  There’s a small space inside of the main structure where you can enter. Once you’re in there, you’d feel like you are relaxing in a hideout. Looking up the ceiling from the hide-out, you’d feel as if you were in a different place in a different era.

That’s it for the spaces in the town centre and I’ll write about other spaces in the next post.







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