It is the representation of an imaginary city arranged around a confluence of rivers. It is made in balsa.
This object will be framed and hung on the wall but it will appear to be detached from its framing,
giving the impression of a city floating in the air compared to the wall of the exhibition.
The elements of this imaginary city are based on models: the confluence is that of the Loire and the Cher and the
districts are of the city of Yokohama, birthplace of the artist.
10 letters of the alphabet forming the word APESANTEUR, made of glazed ceramic, installed on the upper part of the wall and the ceiling of the exhibition space.
These letters are cut out so that the word merges with the architecture of the exhibit space and it is difficult to understand what is written without looking at the title of the work.
Here, the earth (ceramic) is weightless but the sculpture, confused with architecture, is traped.
About sixty boards of balsa cut with the shape of Kanagawa Department (my birthplace), each with a different scale, are superimposed and glued together so that the piece has an architecture of an eruptive movement. This object is suspended in the air above a support. The piece was made for this first occasion, it floats on the bed of a room of the hotel in Paris where the exhibition took place.
Video : ©Aï Kitahara
About 300 drops of enameled light blue pearl porcelain water are installed on a wall of about 30 square meters in the living room at Maison Louis Carré. The drops are arranged as if the liquid was flowing upwards, as if the gravity was upside down, from the bottom to the ceiling. All that is being evaporated here is crystallized.
About 170 drops of pearly white grazed porcelain are installed on a wall of about
12 square meters. The drops are arranged as if the liquid was flowing upward, as if
the force of gravity was upside down, from the bottom to the ceiling. The wall is painted gray.
All that is being evaporated here is crystallized.
My childhood home in Japan floating in the air; 1/50th model in varnished wood, about 3 cm above a base.