Ken'ichiro Taniguchi
谷口 顕一郎

That life unfolds - whether vegetable, animal or human - is a well-known fact. When looking at Ken'ichiro Taniguchi's art one is confronted with a rather unfamiliar way of unfolding. That is because in his case the unfolding points in a philosophical rather than a natural direction. Through the process of his art Taniguchi transforms cracks, notches, or simply put flat cavities into three-dimensional sculptures. The artist finds the cracks in urban spaces in the form of furrows in the asphalt or as tiny "valleys" running through wall plaster. In a complex technical process that involves a lot of craftsmanship, he translates these found cracks into spatial sculptures. It starts by tracing a crack with pen and transparent foil to create the sculpture’s basic template. In the next step this template is applied to yellow PVC and cut out carefully. The resulting form is then broken down into several smaller parts and eventually re-assembled with the help of hinges. The crack's positive double can now literally be folded and unfolded in numerous variations. Folding has long been a form of art - simply think about the delicate structures created with origami. But Taniguchi's art is not origmai (oru - folding / kami - paper). Rather, it should be called ori-hecomi (hecomi - dent, cavity, rapture) - a “rupture-folding”. This rupture may be understood in a philosophical or psychological way, as an inner strife or open wound. However, Taniguchi's art by the same token is also about turning the negative into a positive.

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