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ARTIDE Kosuke Motohashi

Born in Hyogo Prefecture in 1989.
His works are characterized by avant-garde techniques such as splashing and bare hands, and are drawn with the Japanese sensibilities of ``mitate'' and ``Zen'', and which emphasize spirituality and meaning, mixed with philosophical and anthropological considerations. .
He views the creation and appreciation of art as a ``ritual of confirmation'' unique to humankind, and makes the expression of ``certain truth for humans'' the theme of his work.


Multi Compact Wallet-MOTOHASHI KOSUKE "Whirlpool"

Why did I start expressing myself?

Just as there is probably no one who has never drawn a picture, I have been drawing pictures since I can remember. I think everyone is born an artist, but I personally feel like I'm someone who never stopped expressing myself even when I became an adult. The reason I decided to work as an artist was because I became conscious of death. If you were told that you were going to die tomorrow, you would probably want to give something you have to someone else. From my experience of the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake when I was young and the experience of feeling like I was dying, I continue to strongly believe that ``this body will soon disappear, so I need to give the energy inside of me to someone else.'' . I felt that art was the purest way to do that. Even today, there is an underlying feeling that ``now = before death'', ``the period in which you can move your body according to your own will = bonus time'', and ``life = a game to see how much energy you can give to others''. That was the reason I started creating works as an artist.

What do you want to express with your work?

What does art mean to humans? I've been thinking about this for a long time, and so far I've come to the conclusion that it's a ``ceremony of confirmation unique to humans.'' A ritual that allows us to understand the world and ourselves in a language different from science or religion. Then, the work is a ``medium for confirmation'', and what do I want to confirm through this medium? When you think about it, it is something that is universal, something that people should believe in, in other words, ``truth.'' Masters like Da Vinci, Picasso, and Duchamp all feel the same way, even though their perspectives are different. The themes of my works are ``a collection of small things,'' ``impulse,'' and ``creativity,'' but they are also based on the perspective of ``something worth believing in'' and ``the truth.'' It's also something I strongly believe in. However, I think that what I really want to express is still something that will become clear in the future.

What do you worry about other than spending time in front of your work?

Lately, I've been addicted to calling myself on the voice recorder, and what I'm saying is, ``For humans, stones are a symbol of eternity,'' or ``Now that I think about it, I've always thought that the person in front of me is in front of me, and the person behind me is in front of me.'' I'm thinking things like, ``You live thinking you're behind me,'' and ``Just like dogs can only see black and white, humans' five senses are 5/∞ (5 of infinity).'' I also think that if there was a translator that could transcend perspective, such as ``Buddhist reincarnation = physics' law of conservation of energy,'' humans would be able to understand each other better. It's a self-contained Zen question and answer.

What does it mean to express yourself?

way of life/life

Where does the future of expression lie?

I believe there is no past or future. Ancient murals have been added to over 20,000 years, and one of the essences of expression (or rather, art) is to transcend time and space, so even if tools, platforms, and themes change, in the end, everyone can enjoy the world. Output the input from. If we look at things from a smaller perspective and ask, ``What will things be like in 100 years?'' I think we'll see an increase in landscape paintings with Earth as their theme. I'm sure everyone will miss Earth after going to space. lol

What do you expect from an expression similar to TIDE?

I was attracted to the brand's challenging brand concept of "turning the tide." In this day and age, I think this is a concept that should not be someone else's problem for everyone. As a challenger, I would be honored if I could be of help to such people.


Solo exhibition
2020 “After million years” TRiCERA Museum Tokyo
2019 “FAITH” elephantSTUDIO Tokyo
2018 “Here I am” Gallery Miyasaka Tokyo
2017 “Memories of Origin” Omotesando Gallery Tokyo

group exhibition
2020 “Oka no Kai” Keio Plaza Hotel Lobby Gallery Tokyo
2019 “Keimei no Kai New Selection Exhibition” Hotel Chinzanso Gallery Tokyo
2018 “Artists from Japan V” Ashok Jain Gallery New York
2018 “Keimei no Kai New Selection Exhibition” Hotel Chinzanso Gallery Tokyo
2018 “Artists from Japan IV” Ashok Jain Gallery New York
2017 “Artists from Japan III” Ashok Jain Gallery New York

Art fair/art festival
2019 “Art on Paper 2019” Pier36 New York
2018 "SICF2018" SPIRAL Tokyo

2018 “Contest in New York” Special Exhibition Award, Ashok Jain Gallery New York

commission work
Hyatt Regency YOKOHAMA
Hongo Aerospace, inc.
Fff...TOSHI -restaurant chinois-

2019 The Eve of Breakthrough ~Next Generation Artists~ #185 Kosuke Motohashi
2019 AIre VOICE “Blockchain can become a pedigree that guarantees the history and story of art.”
2018 Art Hub TV [MEISTERS] #1 】Contemporary artist “Kosuke Motohashi” and others who continue to carve the truth

Statement I view the series of artistic activities, from the artist's expression to the viewer's interpretation, as a ``ritual of confirmation by humanity.'' Based on this, my work is a "medium" for a ritual of confirmation, and I create works with the theme of ``expression of truth'', such as things that are universal and things that people, including myself, deserve to believe.

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