Wings of Time, 2010
Steel, stainless steel, aluminum, polyester cloth
h: 149.6 x Ø: 120 inches
h : 380 x Ø : 305 cm
Courtesy of Galerie Jaeger Bucher, Paris
Opening on Saturday September 15th from 4 to 7pm
Exhibition from September 15th to December 1st 2012
“During my 40 years of work, I have always expressed through my sculptures, my exhibitions, my illustrated books and my theatre plays how much Earth is a wonderful and precious planet. Since man made disasters caused on our planet are reaching a critical level, I feel there is even more emergency to send my simple message to all the inhabitants of this planet, which is, what wonderful Nature we have on our planet (…). I believe men are benevolent. And I also believe in Art. Since the visible future is one for our children, I would like to address them this message.” Susumu Shingu
Following the success of his two previous exhibitions at the gallery entitled Sculptures du respir in 2006 and Planet of Wind and Water in 2009, the gallery is pleased to announce a new exhibition by the Japanese artist Susumu Shingu entitled Beyond Time. Ten of his new mobile indoor sculptures as well as two sculptures for outdoor will be shown; the latest coloured collages of the artist as well as the wonderful and detailed study drawings of his sculptures will also be presented.
Born in 1937 in Osaka, Susumu Shingu conceives sculptures with movements generated by the forces and flows of nature – wind, water, sunlight and gravity. A true poet of Nature, his mobile sculptures are full of lightness, playfulness and musicality and echo the infinite beauty of our planet. Their movement is almost always accompanied by the observer's sudden realization that he is himself linked to the same forces as those of the sculpture which brings him to reconnect with the most fundamental principle of life : breathing in and breathing out, the natural rhythm of Breath. The artist's close observation of Nature's movements leads him to an extreme refinement in his choice of medium, with a skillful and scientific use of the most up-to-date materials.
Each of his works brings a breath of hope and life for the planet: thus the Wind Caravan, an exceptional project consisting of 21 sculptures which the artist installed between 2000 and 2001 in six remote places across the planet, in a variety of windy climates with no electricity, or his latest project entitled Genki Caravan Yuriage, which consisted in the installation of these 21 same sculptures, this time covered with multicoloured wings, in a fisherman’s village named Yuriage in the North of Japan, entirely decimated by the recent tsunami. A 10mn video of the Genki Caravan Yuriage, realised by the wife of the artist on the Yuriage site will be projected at the gallery during the exhibition.
This exhibition will also be the occasion to follow the initial 2009 gallery presentation of the artist's Breathing Earth diorama - an autonomous village entirely regulated by natural energies - and understand its latest development and the tests realised with the windmill prototype. A limited edition of a new Breathing Earth Portfolio including information on Breathing Earth and prints numbered and signed by the artist is available for sale during the exhibition.
A trilingual (French, English and Japanese) catalogue of 108 pages including full colour reproductions of the sculptures and works on paper, with texts from Takeshi Umehara, philosopher and researcher of Japanese culture, a text from Susumu Shingu on Breathing Earth and of Véronique Jaeger on Shingu's work is available at the gallery.
The exhibition will also present:
- the new illustrated book by the artist on the Monarch butterfly entitled Traveling Butterfly just published.
- an installation entitled Sinfonietta of Light will be shown in the large octogonal basin of the Tuileries from October 10 to 30th.
- an exclusive presentation of the film Breathing Earth: Susumu Shingu's dream by German filmmaker Thomas Riedelsheimer in the Grand Palais Auditorium on Sunday October 21st at 3pm during the FIAC
- a sculpture entitled Moon Boat presented at FIAC Grand Palais in Paris from October 18 to 21st on Booth 0.D24
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