Erik Swars “Kuchisabishii”

Ken Nakahashi

poster for Erik Swars “Kuchisabishii”
[Image: “kuchisabishii” © Erik Swars, Courtesy of KEN NAKAHASHI ]

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The title of Erik Swars’ fifth solo exhibition at Ken Nakahashi, “kuchisabishii” refers to the compulsive nature of consumer behavior and reactions. The word ‘kuchisabishii’ literally translated means ‘mouth loneliness’ and is used to describe eating out of boredom. In this exhibition Swars utilizes painting, photography, and found footage from a 24-hour weather livestream to create a room examining concepts of “the relationship between the authority of state and government and individuals” and “the connection between nature and humanity.”

Since 2018, Swars has been using a number of materials and media to interact with each other throughout the exhibition space, confronting visitors with a “circle of meaning” that repeatedly appears and disappears, creating a “Menschen wie Raeume” ー or “Room as a Human.” In using Alu-Pe (aluminum sheets) for his paintings, found footage for his videos, and glass, steel, wood, soil, and water for his installations, his practice inherits the perspective of “total work of art,” or “Gesamtkunstwerk” in German, as advocated by Richard Wagner and others.

Erik Swars was born in 1988 in Germany. He also studied under O Jun at the Tokyo National University of the Arts from 2013 to 2014. He is based out of the former cotton mill Spinnerei Leipzig. Swars’ works are part of several public collections, including the Hildebrand Collection.

In parallel with this exhibition, Swars will also hold his first solo exhibition at the young artist’s exhibition series Connect Leipzig at Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig from October until December 2020.



from November 20, 2020 to January 24, 2021
Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Open 11:00-17:00 on Saturdays and Sundays. Closed from December 28 to January 12.


Erik Swars



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