Masao Kinoshita - Metanatomy

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Masao Kinoshita - MetanatomyMetanatomy is a collection of sculptures and drawings by Masao Kinoshita. These works are an expression of Kinoshita’s perspective on the relationship between the physical and metaphysical.

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NOTE: The opening reception has been pushed back to February 11th, 6pm - 9pm. Complimentary drinks will be provided by our friends at Jetty Road Brewery.

This exhibition will run from February 8th - February 26th and will coincide with our group exhibition Daydream and Yoko d'Holbachie's Botanical Dreams.

Kinoshita approaches work in terms of “content" and “space”. “Content” is the whole of human society, such as words, self, others, family, country, God, etc. “Space” is that which includes everything. There is only one space. The palm of the hand and the surface of the moon are one connected space, and somewhere further away the universe is also one connected space.

Space is not able to be recognized by humans; content is created by human consciousness and divides space. Time itself is a human construct dividing space into, for example, “now” and “a little bit ago.” The names we give things help us to create files in which to store our understanding of the space around us, but this also takes us away from an understanding of space as a whole. Content and time also have their own relationship: when a musician has an entire composition laid out in his head before laying his fingers on the piano keys or a basketball player can see in slow motion the movements of the players of the opposing team, it is as if they are manipulating time itself. 

In these works, anatomy, animals, human figures, costumes, etc., which are the themes, are all content made with the accumulation of files Kinoshita has divided from the space in his life. The space has no shape, so when it is made into an artwork, it must borrow the form of the content. Kinoshita notes, too, that in this collection is the sculpture of an animal with a half-skeleton. While many of the pieces in this collection have been created in the last year, this particular work was conceived more than 10 years ago and made this past year. Is it possible to say that this has stopped time in a sense? After all, sculpture is experienced the most presently when seen in person. It is Kinoshita’s hope that the audience who sees this work will feel the space.

Masao Kinoshita was born in Nagano, Japan, in 1971. His anthropomorphic sculptures cover a range of styles and characters, from manga-like creations to Hindu gods.