WITH ONE PENCIL

O-JUN
November 23rd - 28th, 2009 > opening at 19h

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„JEDNOM OLOVKOM… I put some feeling into the Japanese equivalent of the words, but they say the feeling cannot be conveyed to you by a literal translation. A literal translation from one language to Serbian, English, Swahili or whatever, cannot convey the nuance of the feeling. That is why language is our possession… The feeling which I want to convey here is: First of all, there is a piece of paper in front of me. I will take a pencil in my left hand and draw a line or write a dot on the paper. Something will surely start from this smallest or shortest unit.

The words entail “place”, “time” and even “encounter.” They say “JEDNOM OLOVKOM“ has a beautiful sound. Some subtle nuance or thought might underlie the words. I do want to hear the words in your voice.

And, could you pronounce these Japanese words: “IPPON NO ENPITSU KARA”
How do you hear the sound of the words? The sound of the words of my language fell out of your lips sounds like all first-timers to me. Does it not occur to you that the complete unfamiliar sound shakes your earlobes, disturbs your heart and at last rings our whole bodies like a bell in a cathedral? The smallest or the shortest unit of one drawing is a swinging foresight hanged between the language of my country and that of yours. At the opening of the exhibition on November 23rd, the artist will make a performance lasting 15 minutes, and by creating his new artwork at O3ONE he will attempt to break the language barrier.

O-JUN was born in 1956, Tokyo. He graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts at Tokyo National University of Arts in 1982, where he works as a professor. He has had about 30 solo exhibitions. His works are in public collections in The National Museum of Art, Osaka and Museum Haus Kasuya, Kanagawa.

http://mizuma-art.co.jp/artist/0060/index_e.php

The exhibition is organized as part of the Japan Yugo Art Project.

Author: O-JUN
Exhibition: WITH ONE PENCIL
November 23rd — 29th, 2009
Opening and performance: Monday, November 23rd, 19h