Image courtesy of Kazuhiro Inomata
Interview: Kazuhiro Inomata
Luca Curci talks with Kazuhiro Inomata during VENICE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2019 at Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi.
1967: Kazuhiro Inomata was born in Japan Joetsu city Niigata. After three years of training since graduating from high school, I took over the family business and started working as a craftsman. While working as a craftsman, I discovered beauty in the art of Kumiko and started marking art works using the technique of Kumiko. Many of my Kumiko works use a combination of curved lines and space, a daring design that is not restricted by tradition. Recently I have been challenging myself with three-dimensional expression of Kumiko, and I have been actively exhibiting my Kumiko works at many of the art exhibitions. I am now looking deeper into the possibility of Kumiko art.
Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Kazuhiro Inomata – Art is my exploration to and creation of new, unlimited ways of expression.
LC – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
KI – I took over the family business and started my career as a Kumiko craftsman. I have been working as a Kumiko craftsman for 30 years. I first showed my works at an exhibition 8 years ago, and that was when I started creating art works using my Kumiko technique and showing them at exhibitions. Since then, I have joined many of local and international exhibitions. I was inspired the most when I worked together with an architecture designer to make a Kumiko. The design was far from traditional, and at that time I had a hard time making a Kumiko with an innovative design. When I saw the work fit in to the building, I was impressed how a Kumiko can look so modern depending on how it is designed and shown. Since then, I started to challenge myself to bring new designs to my Kumiko works and new ways to show them. This experience lead me to be involved in the world of art to express my art more freely.
LC – Are your artworks focused on a specific theme?
KI – I do not have a specific theme for my artworks. I always try to find a new way of expression.
LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
KI – I see myself as an ordinary person and I don’t feel so special about being an artist. It is just that my expression of myself turns out as an artwork. It would be my great pleasure if someone feels something when he or she sees my artwork.
LC – Do visitors’ suggestions enrich yourself and your art?
KI – Visitors’ suggestions enrich my art but they can also be challenging. Either way, they give me a great motivation to create a new work.
LC – What do you think about the concept of this festival? In which way did it inspire you?
KI – Even though I only saw the pictures, I was very much inspired by different kinds of artworks from different parts of the world. I truly wanted to go there to see them, but it was too far from where I live.
LC – What is the message linked to the artwork you have shown in this exhibition? How is it connected to the theme of the entire festival?
KI – The message liked to my artworks was “possibility”. Kumiko is a traditional craftwork of Japan, and I always feel my ways of expression would be limited if I had to follow its tradition. Now, I am trying to bring new techniques and new ways of expression to my works. I think it matched well with the theme of “international” of your exhibition.
LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
KI – I find it very helpful because there are so many different art events and I can choose whichever that is suitable for me with respect to the time and period of the event.
LC- What do you think about the organization of our event?
KI – I thought that the people working for your organization were young, competent, and enthusiastic.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
KI – Yes, I believe so. I would appreciate it if you could keep throwing events and exhibitions.
Image courtesy of Kazuhiro Inomata