Susumu Shingu: Sculpting with Wind
Thursday, October 20 through Thursday, December 29
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 20 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Ippodo Gallery – 32 E. 67th Street (between Park and Madison Avenues), 3rd Floor
Ippodo Gallery presents the first solo exhibition in the United States of renowned kinetic-sculptor Susumu Shingu. Shingu’s large-scale public works are and have been continuously displayed around the world, including France, Italy, Japan, and the United States.
In the beginning of 1969, I was painting abstract paintings in Rome. Why should I confine myself to a square canvas when interesting shapes kept coming to mind? This question suddenly occurred to me. Let’s cut out the shapes and set them free. That was the first step toward creating a large space. Since then, for more than half a century, I have been creating works of art, fascinated by the natural energy unique to the earth, such as wind, water, and gravity.”
The artist’s large-scale, permanent outdoor sculptures serve as a reminder of the constancy and immensity of the Earth’s natural forces—wind, water, light, and gravity—that affect our human bodies and lives. The artist’s elegantly engineered sculptures are durable yet never the same, responding to diverse environments. Shingu’s kinetic sculptures oppose the perception that the world around us is eternal or static; they visually and mentally activate a viewer’s sense of their individual relationship to nature.
Shingu’s wondrous churning objects explore how the environment shapes and creates behavior, and have made him a favorite of well-known architects, including Renzo Piano, Tadao Ando, and Enrique Norten.
Shingu is trying to express not the moving sculpture itself, but the ‘invisible’ energy of nature that moves it. What he is trying to convey is the affectionate message for human beings who should live with Mother Nature.”
Ippodo Gallery will commemorate this exceptional showcase of drawings, interior sculptures, and colorful abstract paintings with an opening reception featuring the artist, who is visiting from Japan, on October 20 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. For more information, please visit Ippodo Gallery’s website.