23 October - 8 December 2013
Live performance by the artist:
Wednesday, 23 October 19:00 - 21:00
Ota Fine Arts is delighted to present new work by Japanese performance, sound
and installation artist Umeda Tetsuya, in his first solo exhibition in Singapore entitled
'HOTEL NEW OSOREZAN'. Umeda’s experimental site-specific work explores our
fundamental environment of nature, sound, light, energies from atmospheric and
water pressure, gravity, and electrical currents. His eccentric, almost scientific
exploration of these media is further informed by everyday spaces and quotidian
consumer products and electronics.
Written in Japanese characters, Osorezan is a great mountain in Northern Japan
that remains relatively untouched, retaining its pristine nature. Deeply revered for being
sacred ground, people have attached cultural meanings and associations to this mountain,
adding further significance to its existence. Impressed by the seemingly fragile yet still
strongly rooted balance between humans, their natural environment and man-madeMount Osorezan – into the space of the gallery.
Transforming and enabling the sonic, kinetic and spatial potentials of the white cube Gallery,
Umeda presents 'HOTEL NEW OSOREZAN'. A sort of imaginary hotel, this temporary and
artificial living space has its own unique elements, forces, systems and meanings.
The artist frequently works from ideas and inventions he posits directly from the exhibition
space at hand, stripping it of ornament or conventional design, and opening up to inspection
the elaborate systems and dimensions that are hidden within its walls, ceiling ducts, wiring,
and so on. Within the gallery, one is also likely to encounter daily tools or found objects that
are rearranged by Umeda and reconstituted in unexpected ways so that the installation is
tightly orchestrated – as it were – by chance, improvisation or even chaos. These become
incorporated into the artist’s own causal, but nonetheless unpredictable and elaborate
'HOTEL NEW OSOREZAN' poses an opportunity for Umeda’s audience to ponder new,
coincidental discoveries within a range of discrete phenomena, and to think of the 'art
space' in an entirely different way.
About UMEDA Tetsuya | Born in Kumamoto, Japan in 1980, Umeda Tetsuya studied in Osaka,
where he is based today. From capturing environments, architectural structures, sound, light and
human behaviour, the source of his work ranges widely. Working actively both in and outside of
Japan, Umeda remodels installations out of daily products, engages viewers with his interactive
performance pieces, and collaborates with musicians using his own originally produced implements.
He has held a number of significant solo exhibitions including 'Criterium 73: Tetsuya Umeda',
Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito, Mito (2008), and 'Exhibition as media 2011: Tetsuya
Umeda', Kobe Art Village Center, Kobe (2011). Umeda has also participated in the '1st Aichi
Triennale 2010: Arts and Cities', Nagoya (2010); 'Double Vision: Contemporary Art From Japan',
Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow / Haifa Museum of Art, Haifa (2012); and is currently
featured at the 'Towada Oirase Art Festival 2013', Towada.
About Ota Fine Arts | Ota Fine Arts is a contemporary art gallery located in Singapore’s new artcomplex
Gillman Barracks, an initiative jointly developed by the Economic Development Board and
the National Arts Council. An extension of its already established presence in Tokyo since 1994, Ota
Fine Arts will continue an exciting roster of emerging artists from the 'Asian cultural belt': the
Middle East to South, Southeast Asia and East Asia.