INTERVIEW: YUKO KOKUBUN | ITSLIQUID

INTERVIEW: YUKO KOKUBUN

Interviews | February 8, 2023 |

yukokokubun 002
Image courtesy of Yuko Kokubun

Interview: Yuko Kokubun
Luca Curci talks with Yuko Kokubun, the winner of ARTIST OF THE MONTH – FEBRUARY 2023.

Yuko Kokubun is an artist based in Tokyo, Japan. She earned a BFA in oil painting in 2008 and a master’s degree in art anatomy in 2010, both at the Tokyo University of the Arts. Her interest in the body, spatial art, and playground equipment began when she was a member of the rhythmic gymnastics club in high school. Since her university days, she has been taking workshops with various dancers, including Butoh dancers, examining dance methods, and exploring how to incorporate various elements of performing arts into painting. Major exhibitions include Soft Compulsion (Tokyo, 2022), Paranoia Concerto (Tokyo, 2019), Brave New World (Tokyo, 2017), VOCA Exhibition 2020 (Tokyo, 2020), and the exhibition for the 16th Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporary Art (Kanagawa, 2012). In recent years, she has worked as a curatorial staff member at art festivals and in art galleries, and she has experience in art management for exhibitions and large-scale productions.

yukokokubun 008
Image courtesy of Yuko Kokubun

Luca Curci – What is art for you? Yuko Kokubun – Working to explore the depths of the world.

LC – What are you currently working on? YK – Under the concept of “Earth Theatre,” recently I created mainly Paintings and collages.

LC – Among the several techniques you use, which one do you prefer to practice and which of them are most compelling for you? YK – Under the concept of “Earth Theatre,” Kokubun has recently used mainly collage (pasting together meaning and meaninglessness) to create paintings as anatomical stage works, in which various parts of living creatures and designs created by human culture are cut up into small pieces and arranged in a narrow space that resembles a stage. The act of cutting up is a way to explore new possibilities by freeing the form from someone else’s standards of value, which were designed with some intention, photographed, and recorded in printed matter. All of these are “memes” of the DNA of cultural information, and cutting them up frees us from the daily clutches of our various conventions and value judgments. Kokubun’s anatomical collages follow the festive structure of the performing arts, which combines various races and cultures in all directions, affirming the existence of all those who take the stage.

yukokokubun 009
Image courtesy of Yuko Kokubun

LC – What are the three hashtags essential to define your poetics that you could not give up? YK – #contemporary circus #performing arts #Anatomy

LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks? YK – Creating a distorted space in a flat plane.

yukokokubun 007
Image courtesy of Yuko Kokubun

Are you an artist, architect, designer? Would you like to be featured on ITSLIQUID platform? Send an e-mail to info@itsliquid.com or fill the form below






    RELATED POSTS


    INTERVIEW: NIKOS ZAFEIROPOULOS

    Interviews | April 22, 2024

    He lives and works in Athens, Greece. At the beginning of 2023, he presented his first solo exhibition entitled LOOK BACK, under the auspices of the Greek Ministry of Culture, hosted at the Panteion University of Athens. Its interdisciplinary project aimed to visually examine the abandonment of places and villages in modern, economically weakened Greece. Read more


    INTERVIEW: NIKOLETTA MOLNAR

    Interviews | April 18, 2024

    After my art studies, I started to work as a UX Designer and a Game Artist. Whilst I love both of my professions, I found myself recently longing to express myself in a different way. I started to paint again, but this time not digitally, but with brushes and paintings. Read more


    INTERVIEW: ANIA MIKULSKA

    Interviews | April 15, 2024

    Ania Mikulska (b. 1974, Katowice), graduate of the Katowice Academy of Fine Arts (1999). After graduating from art academy, she took up graphic design. Recently returned to painting. She does acrylic painting, sometimes in combination with pastel technique. Read more


    INTERVIEW: FRANKA BARANOVIĆ

    Interviews | March 30, 2024

    Hey, I'm Franka, a creative soul with a diploma in design from Zagreb Faculty of Architecture. My journey has taken me through years of experience in design to becoming CEO and founder of Idearium Lab., a compact design studio where we take your ideas to reality. Beyond the world of design, I'm an art aficionado with a love for painting and music. My brush and my canvas are my expression tools where I let out all of my emotions, all in collection of swipes. Speaking of music, I'm also in love with music. Piano is my expression tool as well. With any spare time left, I always play piano. Read more


    Sign up for our Newsletter.

    Enter your email to receive our latest updates!