Marian Cramer

AMSTERDAM ART FAIR

by Hideki Iinuma

From 16-05-2017 To 21-05-2017

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Locatie Amsterdam Art Fair:  Huidekoperstraat 28, 1017 ZM Amsterdam

Openingstijden:

 

Zaterdag 20 mei 11.00 – 19.00 open voor publiek

Zondag 21 mei 11.00 – 17.00 open voor publiek

MUSE

by Hideki Iinuma

From 21-05-2016 To 12-07-2016

UNTIL 12th JULY 2016

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Marian Cramer Projects is proud to present the third solo show, MUSE, with new works by the Japanese artist Hideki Iinuma (Nagano, 1975).

Mid September Hideki Iinuma will have a large solo exhibition FIGHTING THE GODDESSES at the Matsumoto Museum Nagano, Japan.

Iinuma belongs to the young generation of Japanese artists who critically analyse the current changes through his sculptures. The girl-image evolved from Neo-Pop forms his main inspiration, as does the changing perception of women in Japanese society. His figures carved from Camphor wood, often exuding a hint of ostentatious sexuality, mostly represent models from Pintarest and Instagram. For women in Japan as for those in Europe these young women are becoming more and more ‘muses’, fashion icons.

With his figures sculpted from wood, Iinuma finds himself in a borderland between Western and Eastern culture marked both by contrasts and similarities. After completing his study at Graduate School of Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music in 1998, Iinuma entered Ecole Regionale des Beaux-Arts, Nantes (France). He took part in student exchange program (ERASMUS), which led him to study in Copenhagen (Denmark), Milan (Italy) and Karlsruhe (Germany). Iinuma uses the old ichiboku-zukuri technique common in Japan until the 10th century. He combines this technique with a special surface treatment that leaves the traces of the grain still visible under a coat of paint.

Hideki Iinuma, who is strongly drawn to Georg Baselitz, is often compared to Stephan Balkenhol (b. 1957). Iinuma’s sculptures share the secular, contemporary subject matter, the dominance of the plinth and the visibility of the tool marks in common. But the differences are greater: while Balkenhol figures have a raw, coarse surface structure, Iinuma’s sculptures are worked in a finer, more homogeneous way. The emotional emptiness and stereotypical impersonality of expression that distinguish Balkenhol, make way in Iinuma to a more individual characterisation. Looking at them directly, behind the façade of their made-up faces, personalities marked by individual life stories can be discerned. The posing models and the exposed nudes seem to be taking pains over their attitude and expressionlessness, endeavouring to construct a protective façade. Hideki Iinuma unmasks the contemporary ideal of beauty as a depersonalised surface for projecting exaggerated desires and excessive consumerism. By releasing the female figures from their context, characterised by fast living and superficiality, reproducing them in wood, a natural, archaic material, and giving a glimpse of their personality, he endows them with new dignity and individuality.

Iinuma won the Ernst Barlach Prize 2005 and exhibits internationally. Recently he received First prize at Lumine Meets Art Award Tokio and Rokko Meets Art 2013, Kobe, Japan. His work is widely collected.

Hideki Iinuma works and lives in Tokyo.

 

SHAPESHIFTING

by Hideki Iinuma

From 10-11-2013 To 28-11-2013

Marian Cramer Projects is proud to present the second solo show with new works by the Japanese artist Hideki Iinuma (Nagano, 1975).

Iinuma who recently received First prize at Rokko Meets Art 2013, Kobe, Japan, belongs to the young generation of Japanese artists who critically analyse the current changes through his sculptures. The girl-image evolved from Neo-Pop forms his main inspiration, as does the changing perception of women in Japanese society. His figures carved from Camphor wood, often exuding a hint of ostentatious sexuality, mostly represent models from newspapers and magazines. For women in Japan as for those in Europe these young women are becoming more and more ‘shapeshifted’ fashion icons.

With his figures sculpted from wood, Iinuma finds himself in a borderland between Western and Eastern culture marked both by contrasts and similarities. After completing his study at Graduate School of Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music in 1998, Iinuma entered Ecole Regionale des Beaux-Arts, Nantes (France). He took part in student exchange program (ERASMUS), which led him to study in Copenhagen (Denmark), Milan (Italy) and Karlsruhe (Germany). Iinuma uses the old ichiboku-zukuri technique common in Japan until the 10th century. He combines this technique with a special surface treatment that leaves the traces of the grain still visible under a coat of paint.

Hideki Iinuma, who is strongly drawn to Georg Baselitz, is often compared to Stephan Balkenhol (b. 1957). Iinuma’s sculptures share the secular, contemporary subject matter, the dominance of the plinth and the visibility of the tool marks in common. But the differences are greater: while Balkenhol figures have a raw, coarse surface structure, Iinuma’s sculptures are worked in a finer, more homogeneous way. The emotional emptiness and stereotypical impersonality of expression that distinguish Balkenhol, make way in Iinuma to a more individual characterisation. Looking at them directly, behind the façade of their made-up faces, personalities marked by individual life stories can be discerned. The posing models and the exposed nudes seem to be taking pains over their attitude and expressionlessness, endeavouring to construct a protective façade. Hideki Iinuma unmasks the contemporary ideal of beauty as a depersonalised surface for projecting exaggerated desires and excessive consumerism. By releasing the female figures from their context, characterised by fast living and superficiality, reproducing them in wood, a natural, archaic material, and giving a glimpse of their personality, he endows them with new dignity and individuality.

Iinuma won the Ernst Barlach Prize 2005 and exhibits internationally.  His work is widely collected. Hideki Iinuma works and lives in Tokyo.

Marian Cramer Projects

www.mariancramer.com | info@mariancramer.com | T: +31 (0)6 147 80 171

by Hideki Iinuma

From 11-07-2010 To 29-08-2010

July 11 – August 29

 

 

 

 

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JURRIAAN MOLENAAR

 

HIDEKI IINUMA

Opening

Sunday July 11, from 3-5 p.m.

location: Chopinstaat 31, Amsterdam

July 12 – August 29:

by appointment only: + 31 (0)6 147 80 171

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