This week in GlogauAir’s showcase we are presenting work ‘Landscape of Erosion’ by resident artist Jun Homma.
Jun Homma is a Japanese sculptor who also works with site-specific installations, photographs and film.
When Homma arrived in Kreuzberg from Japan in April, the cherry blossoms along the river were in full bloom. When he saw people picnicking under the cherry tree similar as his home country, he wanted to evoke the different time-space of Japanese spring landscapes. This landscape picture of people enjoying spring on a Japanese antique plate was created around the 17th century – perhaps the original was from China. In any case, it is an unknown landscape drawn by an unknown craftsman.
He thinks that much of the landscape is made by people and people are also made by the landscape that they are related to. It is a fold of the unnamed involvement of the unnamed people, as depicted on this plate, which are routine and unnoticeable. In this work, by placing different cultural backgrounds and expressions of the age around a human being’s universal act like a picnic under a tree, it created an air pocket-like space with a sense of discomfort, and was buried in the landscape – he wanted to surface time and individuals.
Homma wants to make a landscape with an invisible void as history is made up of light and shadow. The difficulty of seeing it is similar to the difficulty of seeing the folds of unknown time-events in a modern landscape. However, he thinks the void is also an encounter for activating our imagination and finding a new viewpoint in the landscape.
Jun Homma will be presenting his work at GlogauAIR ´s Open Studios on June 21 and 22, 2019.