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13th November, Berlin


A way heading towards an empty lot, which I had accidentally acquainted on one summer day, is open from everywhere. Every time I move my dwelling place, I first start by searching for an empty lot within the landscape surrounding the place in which I will live. It is because of my mere curiosity on the identities that are unclear as landscapes and the places that had been left neglected from a certain order. As autumn deepens, the sky becomes long and dark, and it rains a lot.

I began to draw scenes within what I had seen whilst I wandered around the empty lot frequently. It is a landscape where a vast lot is visible; disorderly natural objects are spread all over the vicinity; beyond it, common houses are set up like walls. Or, a very small hole or certain objects thrown away in between grasses overgrown with weeds are lying about. I had painted one landscape over several days. After I finish the painting, I take the canvas and come back to its original place of landscape. From the threshold of the empty lot, I collect objects of the surrounding(wood sticks, rocks, wires, etc), barely keeping the painting standing up on the ground, and begin to overlap it with the landscape beyond the canvas. After the painting has somewhat found an appropriate meeting point in the place of landscape, from the state in which the painting is overlapped with the landscape, I take a picture. Taking a picture is always difficult. It is a simple but complicated work which cannot be done by merely making the painting stand delicately with artificial equipment without the help of others. So every time, the painting stands anxiously and falls, even to a slow wind. Furthermore, the surroundings of the empty lot are open so the wind blows strongly from every direction. Consequently, the picture-taking is always unsuccessful. In the end, I can safely end the picture-taking after dozens of takes. Afterwards, the studies made into numerous scenes of the divided landscape, observed by staying within this empty lot only, all go through the same process.

The process of becoming a part of the landscape after going back to the landscape which had been a painting pays attention on the place. Eyes do not stay inside the painting itself but expands to the place, shaking the place. Becoming a part of the landscape and be placed temporarily by becoming an incongruous layer, yet not adding any meaning beyond it, is, although it may be fragmentary, a small attempt which tries to maintain the relationship between the two in its entirety.

The scenes I found in the empty lot are very diverse. There are scenes of unclear values mixed together such as things which people had thrown away, trash, damaged natural objects, neglected natural objects, disappeared traces, and the anonymous pylons which are now useless. Empty lot itself is included in between downtown areas, and its surroundings are very elaborate and are within strict control. However, although the empty lot is being neglected from other certain landscapes, it is not an isolated place. It is a different world beyond the walls. I pay attention to these kinds of neglected places. The natural objects which are found here are impressively elaborate. Even old objects or trashes change into another natural object after they have been neglected. After the solid objects are left here, they change into pliable natural objects. The reason why I use the objects from the surrounding when trying to set the canvas up on the ground with much difficulty is to try to adjust the collapsed balance between the landscape and myself a little by borrowing the natural objects which have turned into such worthless objects.