Apple Cycle / Cosmic Seed

Hirosaki Museum of Contemporary Art

poster for Apple Cycle / Cosmic Seed
[Image: Yosuke Amemiya (2021) Artist's Personal Collection Photo: ToLoLo Studio]

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Kerith Wyn Evans, an internationally acclaimed artist from Wales, UK, visited Hirosaki in 2019 to conduct research. Inspired by an apple she encountered there, she created a work that graphically combines the cross-sectional form of the apple with symbolic images and motifs, such as the formula for universal gravitation and the orbits of the planets, to create a giant light or a totem of light.

As if to illuminate the atrium space of the museum, the huge sculptures with neon tubes are a “raw apple as a plant,” an “afterimage of the processing and production of apples into cider,” a “metaphor of original sin (desire, driving force),” a “eureka (I get it!) moment,” and a “Newtonian moment.”

The spring/summer and fall/winter programs for 2021 will consist of different themes and exhibition contents with this work at the core, with the aim of exploring a freer exhibition rhythm and use of space, and encouraging diverse interpretations of the work.

The first part of the exhibition, “Apple Cycle/Cosmic Seed,” will feature a variety of works that focus on the rich thinking and imagination surrounding the apple. The apple has been depicted as a symbol of fertility and the fragility of life since ancient times in Western art history. This exhibition does not necessarily focus only on such representations but introduces new creative approaches by contemporary artists using the apple as a material, as well as a variety of imaginative forms that unfold on a cosmic scale from the everyday familiarity of the apple in relation to life and death, circulation, seeds, and transformation. In addition, the exhibition will introduce the apple as a symbol of the history of art.

The exhibition will also include representations of apples in the history of art, as well as various local studies and initiatives related to apples in the “Hirosaki Exchange.”

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from April 10, 2021 to August 29, 2021

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