Artist

Akihito OKUNAKA

Akihito OKUNAKA

INTER-WORLD/SPHERE: The three bodies

INTRODUCTION

INTER-WORLD/SPHERE: The three bodies

Three translucent, iridescent oval balloons are installed on the lawn to create a massive, light, and transparent sculpture. The bubble-like structure is soft and resilient to the touch with an airy presence. A fantastical, closed-off space awaits those who enter the work, where faint ambient light spreads throughout. The entire work shakes with the movement of the person inside. Air is the medium for these sensations and movements, symbolic of the pollution caused by human activities. An increase in carbon dioxide is causing climate change on a global scale. Okunaka uses a specific art experience to visualize the otherwise invisible relationship between people and air and hints at the importance of global environmental protection.

PROFILE

Artist. Born in Kyoto Prefecture in 1981. Lives in Kyoto Prefecture. Graduated from Faculty of Education, Shizuoka University, Okunaka is now the co-representative of AO Institute of Arts. He also directs the experience art course at Yamashiro Cultural Center in Kizugawa City, Kyoto Prefecture. Okunaka became an artist after his experience of working as an art-play instructor at the Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art and social welfare facilities for people with intellectual disabilities, during which he learned about modern and contemporary thoughts alongside. He then took a long-term training at AIR program in France, South Korea, and China with the support of Nomura Foundation and The Asahi Shimbun Cultural Foundation and others. In Okunaka's early artistic career, he participated in regional art events around Japan. Gradually he developed as an artist who creates experiential large scale works and workshops.
Besides, he also works as a curator of international art exhibitions, and art therapist for the community. Okunaka suggests a new perspective as an emerging artist through his comprehensive art activities.

Major exhibitions and honors:
LUXELAKES A4 Art Museum ARIE 2019 International Artists Residency Program
JPN and CHN, Contemporary Art Exhibition and Residency 2019 "Right Place, Right Work"
Nomura Foundation Art Grant
Rokko Meets Art 2017 Organizer Special Award
7th Moscow International Biennale Parallel Program "Yearning for The Sky"
Kawaguchi Art Gallery, ATLIA "AIR-REAL"
Kizugawa Art 2016 Grand Prix + Citizen's Award etc.