This is 5 Questions. Each week, we send five questions to an artist featured in Under the Radar, our weekly email highlighting the best art on the ArtSlant network. This week we seek answers from Tadasuke Jinno.
What are you trying to communicate with your work?
I’d like people to doubt whether the things, or the world, they think is real is truly real.
I make my artworks with elements causing viewers to have an illusion and to feel a slight discomfort like doubt or incongruity. I started my artistic activity when I moved to New York from Japan. What I realized by pursuing my art is that it was about my own feelings since I came to NY: I was a stranger feeling uncomfortable. When I was in my country, I'd become accustomed to American and European films, TV, and music. However, what I feel after moving to NY is the sense as if I am still watching a fictional movie or TV happening somewhere else. I have been feeling incongruity like it’s real but not realistic. To communicate this discomfort, doubt, or incongruity, I try to obscure the boundaries of things like reality and unreality.
What is an artist’s responsibility?
I think it depends on artists and their situations. I think my responsibility as an artist at the moment is to face my art honestly. I believe that art is extremely free and anyone can be an artist in any way. That’s why, without any excuse and exaggeration, you have to keep not lying to your art and yourself. How much I face my art is my responsibility as an artist.
Show us the greatest thing you ever made (art or not)?
BLACK BOX#2, 2017, Cotton, silk, acrylic and wood
I made this artwork at an artist-in-residence program at GlogauAIR in Berlin, Germany, in early 2017. This is an installation that people can touch and get in. I just would like to know how it is different from what you imagined when entering inside. It does not mean there is something special in inside such as lights, video, or music. However, you may feel something special when you come in, when you stay, and when you come out simply by experiencing it. And at that time—when you feel something different—my installation can exist as art. And I felt it was archived.
I started my artistic activities from geometric paintings and have always been searching for a relationship between my artwork and viewers. By changing works in the viewing position and surrounding environment, or changing the installation angle, I have looked for the essential elements of the relationship between my art and its viewers. However, there are invisible walls or gaps in these relationships, such as distance or time lag or so on. The installation at GlogauAIR is the interactive experience where the work and viewers can finally come together.
Tell us about a work you want to make but never will:
If I have something I want to do, then I will try. So I don’t think now that I have work that I will never do. However, if I give one, I think it’s a collaborative art with a living animal. I like animals and it’s interesting if they react to my artwork. However, because I can’t make sure of their consent to work with my artwork, I will never do that.
Who are three artists we should know but probably don’t?
Fortunately, I've met a lot of wonderful artists and it’s hard to narrow them down to three. But if you dare to mention, Hiromitsu Kuroo, Alessandro del Pero, and Jan Kaláb, these are the three artists I’d like you to know. Of course their art works are really fantastic, but also they are very sincere and stoic as artists.
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(Image at top: Tadasuke Jinno, White Box, 2017, Silk, wood, and acrylic)