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22.06.2015 SHOWPICS

Silas Inoue: Devils Tongue (installation view), Onishi Civic Center, 2015.

Silas Inoue: Devils Tongue @ Onishi Civic Center

During a five-week residency at Shiro Oni, in Gunma, Japan, Silas Inoue has made an exhibition influenced by the rural living of the Gunma prefecture, and the Onishi village in which the residency is situated.

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ONISHI CIVIC CENTER
370-1492 Gunma, Fujioka, Onishi 158, Japan
Devils Tongue
Silas Inoue

With its modern architecture the Onishi Civic Center makes a great contrast between the old houses, and the mountains and vegetation surrounding the building. Within this ambiguous setting a large wooden construction is installed. The construction is mainly made out of materials from some of the many empty houses in Gunma that has been torn down – addressing a common issue within Japanese society, in which the rural areas suffers from a declining population, as the youth seeks towards the bigger cities. 

The wooden construction serves as a frame for paintings of Konyaku flowers, also known as “Devil ́s Tongue”. The potato like root of the Konyaku plant is a common ingredient in the Japanese food, and is widely distributed from the Gunma prefecture – being Japans biggest source of this specific agricultural product. In Inoues works however, the socioeconomic aspects of the Konyaku industry is less visibly than the sinister beauty of the Konyaku flower. The picturesque representations of the Konyaku flower are scratched in the surface of painterly compositions made in plaster, giving the flowers a phantom like appearance – a subtle gesture to the fleeting existence of the Konyaku flower, as it only blooms for a short time every fifth year. 

The flower works are complimented by specially build acrylic terrariums containing insects caught in the Onishi village. The terrariums contain Rhinoceros beetle broods, and praying mantis ́s. The compositions of these works are partly based on the living conditions of the insects, such as soil for the Rhinoceros beetle to dwell in, and Three-dimensional objects for the praying mantis ́s to be climbed. The laser cut holes in the terrarium makes air circulation for the insects to breath, as well as integrated patterns in the paintings. Somehow the small temporary ecosystems also appropriate the larger setting at Onishi Civic Center, in which transparent glass encloses the installation and viewer. 

The Exhibition is kindly supported by: The Danish Arts Foundation & Scandinavia-Japan Sasakawa Foundation.

Silas Inoue: Devils Tongue (installation view), Onishi Civic Center, 2015.

Silas Inoue: Untitled, 2015, 60 x 40 cm, plywood, plaster, pigment, ink, Rhinoceros beetle and Rhinoceros beetle broods, enclosed by acrylic capsule.

Silas Inoue: Rhinoceros beetle brood, 2015.

Silas Inoue: Rhinoceros beetle, 2015.

Silas Inoue: Untitled, 2015, 65 x 50 cm, plywood, plaster, pigment, ink, and praying mantis, enclosed by acrylic capsule.

Silas Inoue: Praying mantis, 2015.

Silas Inoue: Devils Tongue, 2015, plaster, ink, and pigment on sliding shoji door.

Silas Inoue: Devils Tongue, 2015, plaster, ink, and pigment on plywood.

Silas Inoue: Devils Tongue, 2015, 167 x 91 cm, plaster, ink, and pigment on sliding shoji door.

Silas Inoue: Devils Tongue, 2015, 172 x 85 cm, plaster, ink, and pigment on sliding shoji door.

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