HOSHINA TOYOMI 「Painted Installations and Rain – Since 1980」

Duration : 11:00 - 18:00 (月曜休)

Opening : 2022.12.2 (Fri) - 2023.1.22 (Sun)

Venue : 東京都港区台場2ー2ー4クリニックモール3階 / 2-2-4 Daiba, Minato-ku, Tokyo Clinic Mall 3rd floor

Tel : 03-6426-0726

Web : https://shunartdesign.com/

Artist : 保科豊巳|HOSHINA TOYOMI

Thinking about“Field’s relationality”

This autumn, I visited Mr. Hoshina’s studio in Togo City twice. The first time is a rainy day on October. The autumn rain had been falling all day and the maple leaves were beginning to blush slightly. We had planned to transform from Tokyo to Ueda to Tanaka, but mistakenly thought it was platform 2 as the station staff said, and ended up waiting 30 minutes to get on a opposite direction train. Back in Ueda, we waited another 30 minutes, leaving Mr.Hoshina waiting at the station for over an hour.

Before I went the studio,I went to see“The Yui no Takaran Ranmichiwhich” is a bridge of bronze railings handmade by Mr.Hoshina. The bronze curves of the bridge form the same line as the curves of the Asama mountain range in the background, blending into the local environment and achieving a beautiful harmony.

Mr Hoshino’s studio was built by transplanting old buildings from Niigata and Toyama prefectures, and the wood quality was very good to withstand the heavy snowfall of the snowy country. From the unfenced balcony, you can see the misty Mt Asama in the distance and feel the urge to take a nap while listening to classical music.

“The Raining House” is a perfect reproduction of a garden in the studio, with the thatched roof and the pavilion is all handmade, and “The listen to the Raining House”, which was built in Kagawa Prefecture’s Leda, and the retirement exhibition at the Tokyo University of the Arts in 2019. There is a certain similarity between ‘House of Rain 2019’ in Kagawa Prefecture and ‘House of Rain 2019’ in Togo City. Listening to the rain on a sunny day is what the Chinese literati used to long for. It was considered to be the highest expression of the Chinese literati’s mood. It’s nostalgic.

On November 3rd, I visited Mr.Hoshina for the second time. Unlike last time, the weather was clear and crisp. On the morning of my business trip to Matsumoto, I walked up the small alleyway of Asama Onsen, a hot spring inn in an old Edo period street, where there is an imposing shrine with a beautiful colour contrast of orange of full ripe persimmons, maple leaves and red of cherry trees tinting Mt Asama with a pale pink and a very solemn look.


After breakfast we left early for Togo City. The maple leaves at the studio were beautifully red and the sky was clear and pleasant.
The “rainy house” was covered with tatami mats so the sound of rain could be heard. The rain penetrated the thatched roof and drenched the red leaves, which fell to the ground twice through the rain. The light passing through the leaves on the tatami mats wavers, creating the shape of light spots.

The solo exhibition at the gallery from 2 December will not be able to show the installation due to space constraints, but models and sketches of the installation will be shown.
Mr. Hoshina’s experience of September 11 in New York and March 11 in Japan is documented by the memory of the black rain that fell as a result of the nuclear accident. The lake next to the bridge was the starting point of the artist’s life, and he lives near it now.

It was at this time that the 12th Biennale de Paris (Musée Privée d’Art Moderne, Paris), which began in the 1980s with a three-person exhibition of Takayama Noboru, Kawamata Tadashi and Hoshina Toyomi, They have also expanded their activities to Greece, Switzerland, France, The United States and China. Their activities are known as the Post-Materialist School, and I would like to study what they have been doing since then. Mr.Hoshina has been teaching at Tokyo University of the Arts for 25 years and now serves as an honorary professor. This time, we made a documentary about the installations around the studio and also selected works to be shown in a solo exhibition by Mr. Odaiba Gallery.

We agreed to use a drone to take overhead images during the cherry blossom season next spring, and the previous filming has been completed. (1st time)
I think painted installation is a good word for it.