First-year Master’s student Masahide SAKAGUCHI held the exhibition “Nagisa of Forest” at “Tsubomido” art space in Kyoto, from September 18 to September 26.

In “Nagisa of Forest,” Masahide Sakaguchi exhibits a selection of his interactive, video-based artworks, with particular focus on those which take the natural world as their subject. The exhibited works all feature a common theme of “borders,” symbolized through subjects as diverse as shorelines and slime mold.
What do we usually think of when we hear the word “border”? Maybe the image of a clearly-defined line; maybe even a solid wall. But when we see borders in nature, we understand that they are fluid, constantly changing form, and have the role of uniting different elements.
Sakaguchi is joined by guest artist and sculptor Akari Mimachi, and together they create a space for expressing and observing the concept of “borders” from various points of view.

Artist Profiles

Born in Nagano, Nagano Prefecture in 1997. Graduated from the College of Image Arts and Science, Ritsumeikan University. Currently enrolled in the Master’s Course of Transdisciplinary Arts, Graduate School of Transdisciplinary Arts, Akita University of Art. Sakaguchi began creating interactive artwork as an undergraduate student, winning both the Toei Award and the Game/Interactive Category Award at the 2nd Kyoto Digital Amusement Award (2019) as a member of the “Drama x Game Project” at Ritsumeikan University. In 2021, his first BioArt work “Cloaca Maxima” was selected for the 1st ARTAOTA student art project.

Born in Nara Prefecture in 1998, currently residing in Ibaraki Prefecture. Graduated from the Arts & Roots Department of Akita University of Art. By carving facial expressions into wood and other natural objects, then placing them in specific locations, Mimachi attempts to “think with her body,” to construct a dialogue and relationship with the “formless existence” (the sensation, aura, or life force of some intangible presence) of the areas surrounding the objects. She won the Akita Asahi Broadcasting Special Prize at the Akita University of Art Graduation Exhibition 2021, and held the solo exhibition “Son no Gensho” (“The Phenomenon of Existence”) later that year.

Date/Time: September 18 (Sat.), 2021 – September 26 (Sun.), 2021, 11:00-18:00
*Closed Wednesdays and Thursdays
Venue: Tsubomido (90 Tanaka Kamiyanagicho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto, 606-8205)
Cost: Free entry

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