Tokyo, Japan – waitingroom is pleased to announce a solo exhibition by Tetsuro Kano, “Anonymous Corridors”, through May 28th to July 9th, 2011. The exhibition will consist of three different aspects; new works from the mixed media drawing series, “New Plants”, wall drawing series “Neotopia”, and installation work with everyday objects that are tapes, rope and so on. Additionally, there will be the first zine (art book) made by the artist in conjunction to the exhibition.
About the artist
Tetsuro Kano was born in Miyagi in 1980. He studied at Tokyo Zokei University, majoring in design (Environmental Design/City Environmental Course) and received MFA at the same university. Through several artist-in-residency programs, he has mainly created site-specific works of installation, drawing and photography. In recent years, Kano has participated in residency programs in Japan and abroad, such as SEOKSU ART PROJECT (Korea), International Art Center Aomori (Aomori), and many others.
Remixing everyday objects
Actual animals and plants are often included in his work and its growing process is usually part of the installation. In one of his early works, “Weeds” (2004), Kano planted the seeds in the exhibition space and observed its growing process. In “Respective Garden” (2009) and “Naturplan” (2010), he constructed the space with everyday objects such as net, rope, hose and several plants, spending time with a bird in the space. It is the theme of his work to deeply contemplate the activity of Nature, by including “others (animals and plants)” which cannot be controlled by human, and seeking a capability of the space that can be reacted by three different positions (animal, plant, and human being).
Attempt to create “New Nature”
The title of the exhibition, “Anonymous Corridors”, comes from the word in biology, “Green Corridors*”. The theme is that artist offers a new recognition and sense to an existing one of animals. Kano says, “Colors and materials offered by me might be unknown for animals but once they accept them as new “Corridors”, the objects and structures that were uncertain in meaning might be the new nature”. By observing the invisible relation among animals, plants and human beings, and offering the new situation there, Kano attempts to create “New Nature=Corridors” through his drawings and installation.
*A Green Corridor is an area of habitat connecting wildlife populations separated by human activities (such as roads, development, or logging). This allows an exchange of individuals between populations, which may help prevent the negative effects of inbreeding and reduced genetic diversity (via genetic drift) that often occur within isolated populations. Corridors may also help facilitate the re-establishment of populations that have been reduced or eliminated due to random events (such as fires or disease). This may potentially moderate some of the worst effects of habitat fragmentation.
Left: Weeds, installation view (2006, Yokohama, BankART Studio) mixed media, dimension variable
Right: Respective Garden, installation view (2006, Yamaguchi, KIMACHI HOUSE) mixed media, dimension variable
Photo by Tetsuro KANO, Courtesy of the artist.