“looking at the vacant scenery”

  • Installation view at Aichi Triennale 2019
    “looking at the vacant scenery” 2017-2019
    Photo: Ito Tetsuo

Lined up inside the exhibition space are a total of 22 drawings. Drawn by hand in an impromptu fashion, the lines ooze out from the paper to spread across the glass panel in front of them. Taking inspiration from her backgrounds in music and fine art, and also from architectural line drawings, the artist finished this installation by drawing on the glass panel in live drawing sessions while staying in Nagoya for several days at the beginning of this exhibition.
Her works combine qualities of depth, three-dimensionality, rhythm and repetition based on apparent underlying rules, and freedom in terms of style and form, all of which come together to produce the unique appeal that these works radiate. As its title suggests, this installation can be interpreted as a new kind of landscape painting.

BUNYA Yukari

  • Born 1985 in Okayama, Japan
  • Based in Brussels, Belgium

Bunya Yukari creates drawings rooted in the fine arts, music, and architecture. At college, where she majored in musical composition, Bunya focused on the act of line drawing as a release from the stress of extremely precise compositional styles. Since then, she has established her own style, much like musical improvisation, drawing lines on the backing medium without score, sketch, or hesitation. Her drawings feature simple, delicate, relaxed lines, and the repetition and accumulation of organic forms. Powerful, sharp, straight lines divide the plane and create spatiality in the work. Telling of a period of influence from the architectural drawings of Libeskind, her work calls to mind the weightless space of impossible, unbuilt architecture, and also echoes the tradition of graphic scores by the likes of Kandinsky and Toru Takemitsu.

Selected Works & Awards

2016 Trans / Real: The Potential of Intangible Art vol.6 Yukari BUNYA (solo), Gallery αM, Tokyo, Japan
2014 17th Exhibition of the Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporary Art, Taro Okamoto Museum of Art, Kanagawa, Japan
2013 VOCA2013, The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo, Japan
2012 POSITION 2012 Contemporary Art from Nagoya — The World seen from this Position, Nagoya City Art Museum, Aichi, Japan


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