Sanami Yamada, traces

aaploit is pleased to present “traces,” a solo exhibition by Sanami Yamada, from May 17 to June 2, 2024. Yamada primarily produces and exhibits video installations and drawings. This exhibition will be held in conjunction with “topos Design for Artist Community Vol.1,” taking place from May 24 to June 2 at the The University Art Museum of Tokyo University of the Arts.

Installation view, 2023, courtesy by the artist

In this exhibition, Yamada will showcase her latest clay animations and drawings. The clay animations are created through a meticulous process of building, filming, and layering one shape at a time, expressing the accumulation of time. The rawness and organic movement of the clay give viewers the illusion of observing a living organism.

Yamada’s work is also known for exhibiting drawings that emerge as traces from the clay animations. These drawings, shaped in clay, highlight their connection to the video installations. Yamada asserts that video installations and drawings are inseparable and interconnected.

Clay, due to its flexible nature, does not have a specific form. However, people often imagine specific forms when they think of clay, such as shapes sold in stores or those made in childhood. These properties of clay are interpreted through the concepts of formlessness and the imitation of thought.

Because of its soft nature, clay forms are always changing and contain an element of indeterminacy. The relationship between presence and absence of form continually creates new meanings and shapes. When shaping clay, it is believed that the form conceived in the mind is mirrored in the actual form. Although clay is an ordinary material, it has complex relationships that we usually overlook. While considered formless due to its nature, in the process of formation, people’s thoughts act as a medium, giving birth to new forms. Yamada aims to use clay as a medium to connect with viewers, creating a unique viewing experience.

This exhibition will focus on drawings. This exhibition will be held in conjunction with the exhibition at the Tokyo University of Art museum. We look forward to your visit.

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Exhibition detail


Dates: Friday, May 17, 2024 to Sunday, June 2, 2024
Opening Hours: 13:00 – 18:00 on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays
Venue: Contemporary Art aaploit 2-19-2 Suido, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo

Admission free