Central East Tokyo 2023

be in between

What kind of shape exists between each?
The shapes between the two concrete blocks in this work interact with this place while searching for a home on the stairs of this building and take on various forms. -
When you enter this building, your consciousness shifts from the city to the building, but when you look outside through the window while climbing the stairs, your consciousness turns toward the city. As I approached the upper floors, I felt that these two alternating consciousnesses were gradually intersecting, connecting with the city and momentarily disconnecting from it. After that, when I went outside, I noticed the inside of the window, which I hadn't seen at first. Moving up to the upper floor, the experience and the physical change created several relationships between the inside and outside of the building, and even between me, the city, and the Ohara No. 5 Building.
The staircase in this building connects the upper and lower floors and each unit and serves as an ambiguous boundary between the building and the city. However, the works placed on the stairs can be seen from outside, and the three-dimensional objects that have intervened in this place by serving as markers for the stairs and handrails that clearly show how the architecture has aged over time are the original function of the stairs. Apart from the way it is, it brings about a different aspect to the mutual relationships of this place. The form between the work and the building will influence other ways of being, and the situation of this place will change, creating a chain reaction.
Even in this city, the countless "forms" that emerge from the micro-relationships between someone and someone and between something and something create this place while influencing the "forms" between them. As the buildings and people in the city change, various shapes are born as they interact and connect, resulting in the city as it is today.

23.Oct.2023 - 05.Nov.2023
11:00 - 18:00

Kenichi Shikata
Born in Kyoto in 1983. He studied architecture at Waseda University School of Art and studied under Asao Tokolo. He primarily creates sculptures, installations, and photographs based on geometry, the characteristics of materials, and the surrounding environment. At various scales, he considers the relationships and connections among nature, people, buildings, cities, social conditions, etc., and considers the forms of each. He has exhibited at various regional art festivals, such as the Oku-Noto International Art Festival and the UBE Biennale, as well as a large-scale work installed on the ceiling of MIYASHITA PARK and a group of works installed on six walls of Osaka International Airport. He has also created many permanent works.

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Ohara No.5 bldg, 4-10, Nihonbashi Yokoyamacho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

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