K U M A

Katsuyuki Shinohara

1942 Born in Sapporo, Hokkaido.
Family moved to Muroran, an iron town in Hokkaido.
1943 1943 Hovered between life and death because of diphtheria. As a result, lost his sense of smell and can hear only through his right ear.
1960 Ran away from home and moved to Tokyo, before he finished high school.
Entered Musashino Art College and specialized in graphic design. Nicknamed KUMA (which means 'Bear' in Japanese) by classmates.
1963 Quit school and worked as a graphic designer at a design company.
1967 1967 Established himself as an independent, picture book artist.
As he didn't enjoy office work, symbolically shaved his head. However, as ends were difficult to meet, often worked as a laborer.
1973-1979 Met Kara Juro who was the leader of a drama company, Joukyou Gekijou (The Situation Theater). Drama was a key means to understand underground culture in the 60's and 70's in Japan. Juro selected Kuma as an artist to draw posters for his dramas. Kuma's posters gained acclaim and as a result he was entrusted with producing stage art.
1981 1981 Recognized as an author, especially his essay "Life is Diamond",which
created a sensation. This and other essays were written in a new genre and expressed Kuma's uniqueness.
1986 1986 Encountered steel at the sight of a wrecked building and this medium
focused his talents on creating sculpture from scrap iron.
First sculpture exhibition was held at Spiral Garden, Tokyo.
1987 1987 Opened 'KUMA'S FACTORY', as a base for his art work.
1988 1988 Man from the Sky' (made with scrap iron, paint) erected at Kinshi Park, Tokyo.
1989 1989 'The Messenger from The Blue' (iron, paint) created at a shipyard and
displayed in Kinoe, Hiroshima.
1990 Created 'Iron Bar' (iron) which furnished Bar Materio, Tokyo.
Fabricated 'Iron D.J.Booth' (scrap iron) and furnished Club Genius, Hokkaido.
Created 'Marine Blue in Blue Marine' (iron) on Cayman Island, West Indies.
1991 Designed and displayed 'Begin the Beijing' (iron) at Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China.
1992 'Spiral Fire' torch (iron, paint) designed for the First Annual Special Olympics for mentally handicapped people at Komazawa Stadium, Tokyo.
1993 'A Wanderer' (iron, paint) sculpted at a shipyard and erected at the NHK local broadcasting center in Hokkaido.
'Sky Seed' (iron) installed at Port Square, Chiba.
'The Wind of Odyssey' (iron) and 'Earthy Gratitude' (scrap iron) in Inner Mongolia.
1994 'Wind Harp' (iron) erected at Rover Omu in Mukawa, Yamanashi.
'For Gathering Rain Drops' (iron, stainless steel, paint) made at River Mogami in Yamagata.
'Potato Ground' (iron) conceptualized and installed in a potato field in Hokkaido.
'Space Egg' was invented from scrap iron, gathered while driving to Dharmsala in India, for meeting with H. H. Dalai Lama.
1995 Built a huge factory with three fusion furnaces for melting and casting
iron objects d'art.
1996 Inspired by casting, attempted to create huge glass sculptures by casting.
'Being Nowhere, Being Everywhere' (iron, glass, paint) established in Kochi.
'Rolling Iron' (iron, stainless steel, paint) assembled in Kumamoto.
Designed 24 doors 'Assemble No.1-24' (brass) and furnished a newly built apartment in Tokyo.
1997 'Old Man from Aqua' (glass, scrap iron) installed at Lake Fiskars, Finland.
'Vital Scissors' (iron) was set up at a clothing company in Okayama.
1998 'Tree of Wind' (iron, glass) installed in the Sahara at Et du Tenere, Niger; televised by Fuji broadcasting in Japan. Kuma lived for ten days in the desert to devise it. The TV documentary which captured his work on film was awarded a prize by Japanese broadcasting.
1999 Designed and manufactured 'Angel Bell' from the order by Takeshi Kitano,
for his film "Kikujiro"
'Just Landed' (iron, glass) installed in Chiba.
2000 Composed 'Kuma Blue' and created large glass works which were displayed
at Gangoji Temple. This is a UNESCO World Heritage site in Nara.
'Time Wall' (glass, iron, stone) designed and erected at Mt. Goken in Kagawa.
'Iron Horse' (iron); 25m/6000kgs, created at Nagaragawa Stadium, Gifu.
2001 'Majestic Power' (glass, stainless steel) installed at Takasaki Kenkou Fukushi University, Gunma.
Devised 'Water/Sky/Light' (ceramic, glass) exhibited at the town library, Gunma.
2002

'Tree of Water' (iron, paint) rooted at River Omu in Mukawa, Yamanashi.
'Man of Wind' (iron, paint) sculpted at a rice field in Nirasaki, Yamanashi.
Conceived 'Nano Blue City' (4mx8m) with glass and ceramics at a large factory (producing bathroom fixtures); installed at Izutsuya Department Store in Fukuoka.
'Memory of Forest' (wood) made in Kochi.
First exhibition abroad, organized by Mudima Foundation one of the most important contemporary art museum in Europe.

2003 The exhibition 'La Luce Circolante' ('The Circulated Light')was held at the
same time 50th International Art Exhibition La Biennale in Venice. Devised huge sculpture with iron and glass in the courtyard in a church with a long history; the glass beamed prismatic light of the sun and the spectrum was moving in the courtyard along with the sun.
At 'OPEN2003' in Venice, Kuma represented Japan, exhibited 'Immature Period' (iron).
2004 'SKY LINES' (glass, stone) installed at Kaikoma-Bridge in Yamanashi.
'No Moon, No Man' (fabric of mosquito net, bamboo) exhibited in a park in Nara.
Donated 'Evidence of Wind' (stone), 'Evidence of Rainbow' (stone, glass) to a hospital for the handicapped children.
'Play with the universe' (stone, iron, glass, paint) installed at Kotohira-Park in Kagawa.
2005 'SWEET ENERGY' (stone, glass, wood) installed at a public hospital in Yamanashi.
Robert C. Morgan wrote an article featuring Kuma; 'Sculpture as transcultural theater' in the March issue of 'Sculpture'.
The exhibition 'Sign of Paradise', curated by Robert C. Morgan was held at Mike Weiss Gallery in New York.
2006 'Mr. Blue longs to be the sky, will turn into H2O'; sculpture made with 3.6 tons of water iced under minus 30 degrees, installed at a field in Hokkaido, which is the coldest place in Japan. It melted completely in the middle of March.
'Cube of Wind'; installation 200 cubes (fabric of mosquito net, bamboo),
at Heijokyu-seki, a World Heritage site in Nara.
'Nara-Ball' (5 tons of branches, wire) displayed at a park in Nara.
EXHIBITION
2002 [KUMA / a proud passenger] in MUDIMA Foundation / Milan, Italy
2003 [La Luce Circolante] /St. Francesco, Venice (contemporary with the 50th Biennale Venice)
[KUMA] in Galleria Blanshaert / Milan, Italy
[OPEN 2003] International Sculpture Exhibition in Venice (group exhibition)
[Designer's Christmas Tree 2003] / Paris (group exhibition)
2005 2005 [The Sign of Paradise] in Mike Weiss Gallery / New York

 

 

 

 



篠原勝之・KUMA
1942年、札幌に生まれ鉄の街・室蘭に育つ。グラフィックデザイナー、絵本作家、状況劇場のポスター、舞台美術を手がけた後、エッセイ「人生はデーヤモンド」で注目を集める。1986年、〔KUMA'S FACTORY〕設立。
廃鉄の溶接に始まり、鋳物鉄、ガラス、土、石などを素材に光・風・水・土や自然が放つエネルギーに呼応するダイナミックな造形を国内外で精力的に創作し続けている。「フォルムだけが全てではなく、創る過程や対峙する自然、人、時間の流れも作品。」の真骨頂である"ゲージツ"はマンハッタン、モンゴル、サハラ砂漠、インド、フィンランドなど国境を越え、「地球に目印を付ける。」独自の創作スタイルを貫いている。2002年、欧州コンテンポラリーアートのムーブメントを支えるMUDIMA財団の招待でミラノにて個展を開催。「現代美術の流れを変えるかも知れない作家の出現」と関係者の注目を浴びる。以降、ベニス、パリ、(2003)ニューヨーク(2005)など海外でも発表の機会を得、作品の無国籍な力強さと圧倒的な存在感が評価されている。

 

常設作品
1988
THE MAN FROM THE SKY   
東京都墨田区 錦糸公園
1989
天の鳥船
広島県豊田郡木江町 野賀広場
STEEL POEM/SKIN HEAD/SWAAP VOICE
札幌J−BOX
1990
IRON BAR/DRAGON BALL
東京都渋谷区東急ハンズ MATERIO
CLUB GENIUS DJ BOOTH
函館市館市本町 CLUB GENIUS
1991
SPASSO
鹿児島県山之口町 SPASSO
1992
N・E・W・S
神奈川県川崎市 洗足学園
BOOK
JR名古屋駅構内 LENDY
なんでもないある日
千葉県船橋市 大穴北小学校
MOON TETRA
福岡県福岡市 九州高等学校
1993
FURAI
室蘭市山手町 NHK室蘭支局
梅見机
茨城県土浦市 茨城県合同庁舎
天外天風/感謝的大地
中国内モンゴル 昭和草原
SKY SEED
千葉市中央区 ポートスクエア
楽天速度
秋田県山本郡 八森いさりび温泉
1994
風弦
山梨県北巨摩郡 大武川砂防公園
雨垂れを集める
山形県最上郡 最上川リバーポート
1995
SPIRAL FIRE
北海道美瑛町 慈光園
SPACE EGG
インド ダラム・サラ
1996
うつろう
高知県中村市 土佐西南大規模公園
ROLLING IRON/BRUSS JUNGLE
熊本市南坪井 藤崎まるみつ
ASSEMBLE No.1−24
東京都港区 アルス麻布十番
1997
山あり谷あり
北海道伊達市 伊達信用金庫
VITAL SCISSORS
岡山県玉野市 潟Jセヤマ
OLDMAN FROM AQUA
フィンランド フィスカルス
1998
風の樹
ニジェール サハラ砂漠テネレ地区
1999
飛来
千葉県市原市 水と彫刻の丘
2001
MAJESTIC POWER
群馬県 高崎健康福祉大学
水 ・ 空 ・ 光
群馬県 大間々町立図書館
2002
水の樹
山梨県 フレンドパーク武川
IーSQUARE
北九州市 黒崎井筒屋
SKYROCKET
群馬県 高崎健康福祉大学
KAKASHI
山梨県 韮崎市
森の記憶
高知県 春野町
2003
無題
群馬県新田町 保健センター
LA CANPANELLA
イタリア MUDIMA美術館 収蔵
まだ幼すぎるピリオド
オランダ 技研製作所
釦の飛行
イタリア ANTEPRIMA
2004
SKYLINES
山梨県 大武川 甲斐駒大橋
ヒカリ繭
奈良県 東大寺学園 幼稚園
虹しるべ 風しるべ
奈良県 東大寺整枝園
宙にかぶく
香川県琴平町 琴平公園
2005
SWEET ENERGY
山梨県立中央病院
2006
SAILING TREE
埼玉県川口市立ギャラリー ATLIA
2009
ゆら水
山梨県北杜市
2010
空へ
奈良県 馬見丘陵公園
2014
空へ
香港日本人学校小学部
2014
富士川龍門
山梨県南巨摩郡富士川町 道の駅「富士川」
北海道千歳市 (株)マテック
発光する
北海道千歳市 (株)マテック