Mizuki Uematsu, Drifting to the Moon…

We are delighted to announce the solo exhibition “Drifting to the Moon…” by Mizuki Uematsu, held at aaploit from March 1 (Friday) to March 31 (Sunday), 2024. This exhibition marks her second solo show following the “Nomura Art Award Special Exhibition” held in July 2023.

Mizuki Uematsu specializes in creating artworks using iron and paper, showcasing her pieces in various exhibition spaces such as Terrace Mall Shonan and Shibuya PARCO.

Mizuki Uematsu
Exhibition view, Terrace Mall Shonan, 2023, Courtesy of the Artist

Uematsu expresses that the scenes she observes, the unfolding landscapes before her eyes, often evoke a sense of distance from herself. She draws inspiration from the final scene of François Truffaut’s film “The 400 Blows,” where she felt a blurred boundary between reality and the gaze exchanged with a boy looking at her through his eyes. In these moments, she perceives the world she witnesses as if it were projected through a screen, reminiscent of the cinematic experience.

Uematsu’s artistic process involves repetitive acts, a journey of confirming her own engagement with or existence within the world. In her recent exploration using paper as a medium, she intricately cuts or tears it using scissors, cutters, or her hands. The transformation of the paper’s expression through these actions contributes to shaping the artwork, reflecting her ongoing quest to affirm her connection with the world.

Mizuki Uematsu
Production scene, Courtesy of the Artist

The astonishing focus applied to cutting paper, and the time dedicated to the creative process, establishes a tangible sense of personal existence. The use of readily available paper signifies an act of appropriating mass-produced items, echoing Heidegger’s response to the interchangeable self.

The time the artist has engraved is, in fact, the time they have poured into the creation, seemingly etching themselves into it.

Mizuki Uematsu
転じて Tenzite, 2023, Copyright Mizuki Uematsu

Products are prepared for someone. The significant “someone” signifies what? As Uematsu engages in repetitive tasks, she becomes synchronized with her breath, sensing a transformation where items created for someone evolve into possessions. Dissolving the gap with the world, Uematsu’s works can be seen as an act of subjectifying others.

In this exhibition, we delve into the relationship between mass-produced items and time, exploring the relative self. By subjectively dissolving the significant other, it reveals the budding of a relative subject. The exhibition introduces Uematsu’s new art series, providing a unique opportunity for your esteemed viewing.

Exhibition Detail

Drifting to the Moon…

Exhibition Period: March 1, 2024 (Friday) to March 31, 2024 (Sunday)

Opening Hours: Fri: 15:00-19:00, Sat: 13:00-19:00, Sun: 13:00-17:00

Venue: Contemporary Art aaploit

Address: 2-19-2 Suido, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo

Web: https://aaploit.com/mizuki_uematsu_drifting_to_the_moon_

*For other dates (days) during the exhibition period, please make a reservation.