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Satoshi UCHIUMI: The Unrestricted Field of View
Written by Takeshi HIRATA   
Published: March 06 2009

     The original Japanese title of "The unrestricted field of view" is Juppo-shiya. Juppo means every direction including up-and-down. This word well describes the atmosphere of his pictures. Huge-screen artworks suited for gallery spaces used to be one of his characteristics. Recently he has gradually transformed his format to further expansion of space: from huge-screen artworks to an exhibition which puts small artworks into the space. The fruitful results of his development were shown in his solo-exhibition entitled "Great Chiliocosmos" at Weissfeld-Roentgenwerke in 2006 where he laid out 5 x 5 cm artworks in grid manner, and in the group exhibition entitled "Roof Gardens" at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo in 2008.

Scenary from solo-echibition "Satoshi UCHIUMI : The unrestricted field of view, copy right(c) Satoshi UCHIUMI, courtesy of Roentgenwerke AG

     His method can be described as delicate scale - tuning by varying the size of the pieces from large to small, as if tuning the tone little by little as shown again in the results at this exhibition.

     As we move into the gallery from the entrance and ascend to the upper floor, his artwork world starts to form as if turning up the volume. In "Lu Lu Lu Landscape - How I see the world around me" held last year at Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art, the exhibition expanded horizontally inside a glass case. In this exhibition, "The unrestricted field of view" appears filled with a vertical airflow of colors from the first floor to the stairs, a landing and then the second floor.

     In the gallery, it is impossible to get the entire view because artworks of various sizes are exhibited on the wall. In each screen, dot-like circles are drawn in several sizes, colors and styles. When looking at one artwork, the ones above and below come into our view. The artwork in front of us comes and goes again and again. It changes according to the viewer’s viewpoint or position. However, despite the large number of artworks, the exhibition is not disturbing because the space between the pieces keeps its rhythm like a linefeed in paragraph. The fading-in/out of the picture caused by our own eye movement converts the special space into a colorful world.

Copy right(c) Satoshi UCHIUMI, courtesy of Roentgenwerke AG

     The mixture of different formats might cause an uncomfortable feeling at first. However, the size of the artworks does not matter. What does matter here is the equal existence of each artwork regardless of its size. Small artworks and large ones each express themselves according to their size. A movie of 9 hours and another of 3 minutes are of equal importance, as are a novel of 800 pages and one with 2 pages. There is no difference in the time spent and the effort involved. The works are not judged solely by physical size, length, or thickness. (Of course scale and amount have importance in his artworks.)

     However, gradually, you may notice that the seemingly disproportionate balance is the indispensable element for "The unrestricted field of view". Although a movie is forced to consider the space/place/viewpoint of the viewers, paintings have the power to alter space such as walls and buildings, and are not restricted to a single viewpoint. Different colors and sizes reflect each other to create new colors, spaces and rhythms. In these colors, we realize that we are involved in "The restricted field of view".
(Translated by Chisato Kushida)

Last Updated on August 30 2010

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