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Art Central 2020 

April 23 - April 30

Hong Kong & Taipei

Kenichiro Taniguchi




What is Hecomi ?

My primary interest has revolved around what I call “凹 (hecomi)” over the last two decades. 凹 (hecomi) pertains to cracks and splits into walls and grounds, wear and tear, and surface layers peeling off the weathered surface; all kinds of decaying effects that appear on various surfaces. In an attempt to account for decay, one quickly realizes that the force of nature is not solely responsible for such effects, but there is also the continuous human presence, and sometimes because of the tension between nature and humankind, 凹 (hecomi) emerges. Undercuts created by cracks and splits often remain insignificant and rather inconspicuous to us. Also, 凹 (hecomi) tends to carry negative connotations, giving the impressions of being old, dirty, displaced and strained. Despite its association with such negative undertones, a close examination of 凹 (hecomi) reveals to me that 凹 (hecomi) has a wide variety of rather enticing formal qualities like charm, vigour, and even some kind of déjà vu like affinities that impel me towards them. Moreover, focusing on the contours, the novelty of the form that embodies warmth, overwhelming energy, and a variety of attractive qualities inspire me to give them a voice to be heard.凹 (hecomi) as geological phenomena associated with such words as chasm and fissure also appears to be a metaphor for the intensifying tension as well as a rupture of mutual reliance between things and people. Hence, 凹 (hecomi) seems as if the voices of these spatial and human interactions have manifested in the forms susceptible to our eye.

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