KOMIYAMA TOKYO G is thrilled to announce the unveiling of KENSEI YABUNO’s latest solo exhibition, titled ‘Untitled Ⅱ.’ This exhibition marks the second chapter in his artistic journey, following last year’s ‘Untitled’ showcase. It boasts nine mesmerizing sculptures and an impressive collection of 35 new drawings. YABUNO’s signature black and white three-dimensional creations, reminiscent of fantastical creatures, continue to evolve, now adorned with hues resembling the delicate shades of moss. YABUNO’s unique approach, as he describes it, involves pushing the boundaries of his art through the introduction of color. This exhibition promises to unveil exciting new developments in his artistic technique.
KENSEI YABUNO embarked on his artistic voyage in the early 2000s, initially working with fabric and sewing images in his early creations, and later delving into diverse materials such as drawing, painting, and sculpture to express his evolving vision. The drawings showcased in this exhibition seamlessly blend charcoal motifs with subtle, enigmatic colors, weaving a distinctive world. While it appears that stories lurk within the frames, they remain cryptic, evoking a sense of uncertainty and perhaps a touch of rebellion, which might just be the core of YABUNO’s magnetic allure.
YABUNO characterizes his work as a product of his belief in alternative, independent, music, movies, U.S.-TOY culture, fashion, and DIY aesthetics, conjuring up the decadent vibe of the 1990s. Despite the apparent contrast between meticulously crafted three-dimensional pieces and the unpredictable flat works, they share a profound connection. YABUNO explains this connection as the “intersection of opposites,” akin to the duality between being asleep and awake, which is vital to his artistic expression, both presently and in the future.
We cordially invite you to immerse yourself in the extraordinary collection of KENSEI YABUNO, a body of work that is primal and transcendent.
1975年、北海道生まれ。イギリスのCamberwellCollege of ArtsでFine Artを専攻。limart、THE LAST GALLERY、新宿伊勢丹などでペインティング、立体作品を発表。『アイデア』や『vice』、『DAZED & CONFUSED』など国内外の雑誌にも作品を提供する。また、COMME des GARÇONSの2011年春夏ウィメンズコレクションに、作品がテキスタイルとして採用された。最近の展示に、写真家 大沼茂一との二人展『WHY YOU』（2019年／HYSTERIC GLAMOUR SHIBUYA）、個展『Untitled』（2022年／KOMIYAMA TOKYO G）がある。
KENSEI YABUNO Born in Hokkaido, Japan in 1975, KENSEI YABUNO pursued a degree in Fine Art at Camberwell College of Arts in the United Kingdom. He has presented his paintings and three-dimensional works at various prestigious venues, including limart, THE LAST GALLERY, and Shinjuku Isetan. His work has garnered recognition in national and international publications such as ‘idea,’ ‘vice,’ and ‘DAZED & CONFUSED.’ Additionally, his artistic creations found their way into COMME des GARÇONS’ 2011 Spring/Summer Women’s Collection as textile designs. Notable recent exhibitions include a joint exhibition with photographer Shigekazu Onuma titled ‘WHY YOU’ (2019/HYSTERIC GLAMOUR SHIBUYA) and the solo exhibition ‘Untitled’ (2022/KOMIYAMA TOKYO G).
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