Kineta Kunimatsu is set to produce a new artwork for ETAT2018

2018 TRIENNALEPosted : April 16, 2018

Kineta Kunimatsu who participated in Echigo-Tsumari Art Field 2017 Winter will be presenting a new artwork at ETAT2018.

Based in Hokkaido, Kunimatsu's artworks represent his own experiences of living in the land at the north tracing outlines that exist in landscapes such as horizon and mountains. A mountain ridge expressed through wood in the middle of the Matsudai Nohbutai Gallery as a part of his solo show last year reminded visitors of landscapes in their own memories.

▲"Kinaeta Kunimatsu: Horizon at the North" at Matsudai Nohbutai Gallery, January 2017 (photo by Osamu Nakamura)

Kunimatsu will be presenting his work during ETAT2018 at a former sumo wrestling ring located on the lowest part of the Senju Shrine site. After visiting a couple of other places in Kawanishi area during his inspection visit to the region in winter and learning how the sumo event in 1957 was popular from the local people, he said that he became more interested in the sumo ring which is located at the low-lying land.

Honozumo (ritual Sumo matches) wishing for sound health and good harvest was held here until 1997. Taking an inspiration from photographes capturing the lively atmosphere of Honozumo in the past, Kunimatsu has proposed a plan to reveal the trail of past prosperity while highlighting the present tranquil silence.

▲Proposal for ETAT2018

By asking local people's help with selecting and installing stones from the river and providing opportunities for them to interact, the artist aims to create an artwork which will become a space for the local people to meet each other.