Born in Chiba, Japan. Lives and works in Tokyo.
Creating paintings with the concept of “Earth Theater”. A member of gymnastics club in high school and thus explored about body flexibility and started to be hooked by spatial arts. Participated in workshops from professional dancers in different genres and observed closely about the relationship between human body and methods, since then focused on the exploration and work creation of art performances on stage and paintings.
Graduated with an MA from Tokyo University of the Arts in 2010.
“Soft Coercion”, solo, TS4312, Tokyo, 2022
“VOCA 2020”, group, The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo, 2020
“Paranoia syndrome”, solo, TS4312, Tokyo, 2019
“Art in PARK HOTEL TOKYO 2018”, group, Tokyo, Kazuki Gallery, 2018
“Brave New World ”, solo, TS4312, Tokyo, 2017
“The 16th Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporary Art Exhibition”, group, Taro Okamoto museum, Kanagawa, 2013
Recent awards and grants:
“The 16th Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporary Art Exhibition”, group, Taro Okamoto museum, Kanagawa, 2013, Winner
With the concept of “Earth Theater,” Kokubun Yuko explores concepts of society, life, and space-time, as well as internal shifts within the human mind and body, which she translates into two-dimensional works using theatrical interpretations. Kokubun creates collages with imagery derived from various sources to convey flexibility that emerges in response to established patterns, as embodied by the environment, culture, and tradition that constrain our lives. Focusing on the mechanics of balance, a key element of circus performance, Kokubun presents a series of works characterized by shifts in the supporting base and center of gravity. While individuals strive for equilibrium, the balance between society and individual becomes disrupted and intertwined, and the two-dimensional and spatial works presented here convey a unique perspective.