The Story About That

Edition 1/3

Kohei Maeda

《あれの話》The Story About That, 2023, 3 inkjet prints, 172.5×116mm each
All images courtesy of the artist

Three photographs are installed at the staircase that is connecting each floor of the exhibition space. The scene, similar to that of the well-known painting, invites the imagination about the stone-like object above people's heads. Is it a Ya’ana-ishi(arrow hole stone) brought from Kyoto, Kizugawa, or the islands? Or is it a bird-eating Kaeru-ishi(frog stone) from a folk tale? Or is it just a balloon? This stone-like object may be asking you about our future, just like a fortune telling stone which you have to speculate its weight.

About the artist

MAEDA Kohei 
Born in Wakayama, Japan in 1991, he graduated from Kyoto City University of Arts, Graduate School of Fine Arts, Department of Painting, Conceptual Design in 2017. Projects include “Mandarabo,” which pursues Minakata Kumagusu’s philosophical ideas, and “Takase River Monitoring Club,” which observes the ecology of rivers. Recent exhibitions include "Lit-up Mountain, Astral Foothills" at Aomori Contemporary Art Center (Aomori, 2022), "Kinan Art Week 2021" at Minakata Kumagusu Memorial Museum (Wakayama, 2021), and "Gunma Youth Biennale 2021" at Gunma Prefectural Museum of Modern Art (Gunma, 2021).

Editor: Aura Contemporary Art Foundation