Keiji Uematsu “An Invitation to a Nonsensical Journey – Dreams of Seeing”

Keiji Uematsu “An Invitation to a Nonsensical Journey – Dreams of Seeing”

In addition to his sculptures which utilize iron, rock, glass, and the like, artist Keiji Uematsu produces works such as videos, photographs, and installations to express the structure of our world – nature, the Earth, and the universe – as well as our existence and relationship with such.

After travelling around Kirishima and Sakurajima, Uematsu observed the way in which fire, earth, water, and air changed to take on various shapes, and how vast exchanges of energy were repeated, and was made acutely aware of the words of French philosopher Gaston Bachelard, who once said that: “The source of imagination is the physical”.

This exhibit turns common sense on its head to create a miniature universe where words, thought, and sight form a single entity, and in doing so, presents a place of discovery that goes beyond Uematsu’s perception. Through works born out of the interface between the known and unknown, visitors will be taken on Uematsu’s journey beyond space and time, which seeks to find a new meaning in the world and our relationship to it.

* You can see the venue by 360° VR video. (Click here)

【Sponsors】Kagoshima Prefecture Cultural Promotion Foundation / Minaminippon Shimbun Co., Ltd. / Minaminihon Broadcasting Co., Ltd. (MBC) / Kagoshima Television Station Co., Ltd. (KTS)

【Collaborators】Yusui Town / Kirishima Sanroku ​Yusui-cho Tourism Association / Daiichi Koutsu Sangyo Co., Ltd. / Okuyama Sangyo Co., Ltd. / Gallery Nomart / Yumiko Chiba Associates

【Special Sponsor】Toyota Corolla Kagoshima Co., Ltd.


■ Opening Ceremony & Opening Talk (Ochi Yujiro & Uematsu Keiji) : July 15th (Fri) 14:00

■ Talk Event (Mitsuda Yuri & Otuki Akimi & Uematsu Keiji) : July 16th (Sat) 14:00

■ Workshop (Uematsu Keiji) : August 13th (Sat) 14:00

■ Gallery talk by curator : August 7th (Sun) / August 21st (Sun) / August 28th (Sun) 14:00

■ Closing Talk (Uematsu Keiji) : September 11th (Sun) 13:30

■ Books and other items available for sale.


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Click here for the exhibition leaflet

Click here for the official Instagram