BICYCLE SUMIE EXHIBITION
SANTOMI CENTER BOX GALLERY IN KYOTO
Photos and Text : Kei Hompo
“As a Buddhist monk, writing calligraphy using sumi ink, brushes, and washi paper are the tools he uses daily. Kosuke draws scenarios with bicycles like he writes calligraphy.
The word HITOIKI means “single breath” in Japanese.
Kosuke seals and completes his Sumie work before his single “breath” is out. With a breath, his vision will appear and he lures that image onto washi paper again and again.
Regardless of the techniques used, whether it be metal carving or Sumie, Kosuke’s works are intuitive and intricate, which creates a clear and sharp effect. His works are then rendered complete by the person who views the piece and through their perception, creates a relationship to the artwork itself. Therefore, whether it is a piece that doesn’t have specific details or a piece where intricate details are taken to its limit, it is entirely up to ones personal relationship that the viewer creates with his pieces.
Excessive amount of information can trap people and limit what they see. Within Kosuke’s world of “HITOIKI”, people can be set free.”