The Reason to Make

What does it mean to “make”? Why do we make? Everyone who has attempted to make an artwork will have faced these questions at least once. Will we ever find the answers if we keep making things? No, definitely not. The things that we make obscure the answers and keep renewing the questions right in front of us. We can never find a real reason for making things.
Even so, if we can’t abandon making things, we have no other choice than to continue our attempt to aim for the unattainable.

What kind of structure should I select in order to let things exist both as they are and also as a unique object? The inherent conditions of each thing, e.g. size, material, weight, shape, and fixed images, determine the shape of a thing. The determined shape finds a new use for the thing, which is the most appropriate for itself. The newly adopted use is unique to the thing with this particular structure. From the moment of adoption, it is not a use anymore; it becomes a new condition of the thing. This quality is simultaneously restraint and potential. Autonomy can be achieved only from restraint.
What am I making? I can say nothing more than they are artworks. What is an artwork? I can only say an artwork is nothing but an artwork: nothing more or less. To let it be purely an artwork, everything needs to be clear. Although everything is clear, artworks never lose opacity beyond the clarity. Only from clarity the opacity can be grasped abstractly — hence directly.
Artwork is something incomprehensible. So, making artwork is to find out how we don’t understand things, i.e. a quest for “a quality of incomprehensibleness.”



2010.10.02
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Motohiro TOMII
973 Born in Niigata, Japan.
1997 BA Fine Art (Sculpture), Musashino Art University / Tokyo, Japan
1999 MA Fine Art (Sculpture), Musashino Art University (Excellent Graduates) / Tokyo, Japan
The 4th contest for the best contemporary art work 2000 Grand Prix

Solo Shows
2010
“ball pipe ball” Tamagawa University Tamagawa Art Gallery Projects / Tokyo
“STACK” NADiff Gallery / Tokyo
“Works” NADiff a/p/a/r/t / Tokyo
“catch as catch can ” GENDAI HEIGHTS Gallery DEN / Tokyo

2009
“New works” switch point / Tokyo
“Paper works” Art Center OnGoing / Tokyo
“copy boy” Gallery Gen / Tokyo

2008
“Time to See” switch point / Tokyo
“Color and form in usual objects” Play Room (Toru Nakazaki + Endo Mizuki) / Ibaraki
“Temporary=Permanent Exhibition” ARCUS Studio / Ibaraki

2007
“Time to See” Musashino Art University Museum and Library, Folklore Archive Gallery / Tokyo
“αM Project – On the Trail vol.2” art space kimura ASK? / Tokyo
“Circles and Rectangles” switch point / Tokyo
“How to Make the World” art & river bank / Tokyo

2006
“Re-Meet” switch point / Tokyo
“Solo Show” Gallery Gen / Tokyo

2005
“Nap-like” Toru Nakazaki Playroom / Tokyo
“How to make a blank” U8 Projects / Aichi
“Solo Show” CAS / Osaka
“Usual Things” switch point / Tokyo

2004
“baggage” switch point / Tokyo
“THE COVER” ZaGallery Ariake / Tokyo

2003
“Up above the world” art & river bank / Tokyo
2002
“Neighbor Dreams” Naruse Bijutsuza / Tokyo
“Peripheral and Marginal” Moris Gallery / Tokyo
“Forward, Rewind,” ZaGallery Ariake / Tokyo

2001
“The way things are” Makii Masaru Fine Arts / Tokyo
“Be” Ai Gallery / Tokyo

2000
“Obvious” Moris Gallery(The 4th contest for the best contemporary art work 2000 Grand Prix Exhibition) / Tokyo
“Monologue” Shomeido Gallery / Tokyo

1999
“Smoke’s Dot” Gallery Gen / Tokyo
“An Invisible Room” GALERIA RASEN / Tokyo
“An Object-form” Naruse Bijutsuza / Tokyo

1998
“Daily Shapes” Gallery Gen / Tokyo

Group Shows
2010
” The weather and all one’s life” ASAHI ART SQUARE / Tokyo

2009
“The 1st Tokorozawa Biennial of Contemporary Art -SIDING RAIL ROAD 2009” Seibu Railway Old Tokorozawa Vehicle Plant / Saitama
“Attempt 2 -Tokuzo Yabitsu, Yasuhide Kuge, Motohiro Tomii, Jumbo Suzuki” Museum Haus Kasuya / Kanagawa
“Inside Outline – Motohiro Tomii + Yuki Okumura” KABEGIWA / Tokyo
“Metamorphosis – Objects Today – Exhibition vol.2
Motohiro Tomii × Nobuhiro Nakanishi – Transmutable Objects” Gallery αM / Tokyo
“Renewal” Musashino Art University Museum and Library / Tokyo
“Kabegiwa” GENDAI HEIGHTS Gallery Den / Tokyo

2008
“BROKEN” TIME & STYLE MIDTOWN / Tokyo
”5 × 5” Bankokubashi Gallery / Yokohama
“Art Program Ome 2008 – Atmospheric Perspective, U-39” Ome Fabric Industrial Facility / Tokyo
“New Balance” gallery Archipelago / Tokyo
”DRAWING” TIME & STYLE MIDTOWN / Tokyo

2007
“New Vision Saitama Ⅲ – 7eyes × 7methods” The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama / Saitama
“pre” switch point / Tokyo
“Kabegiwa” KABEGIWA / Tokyo

2006
“Standard Skill” KABEGIWA / Tokyo
“Color and Form” KABEGIWA / Tokyo

2005
“12 DIVERS AT THE MOUNTAIN GATE” Old Yamaguchi Shoes Shop / Tokyo
“MATERIAL MIXTURE” node cube / Tokyo
“The Camp for preparing Issue No.0 of The Mountain of Art, Three Dimensional Section“ NADiff / Tokyo
“cat’s heaven…!” gallery Archipelago / Tokyo
“Constellation of Art 2005” Gallery Kumai / Tokyo
“Towards Azakai – Forms of Narrow Path” Nagakute Cultural Center/ Aichi
“Fukagawa HO-BO Art 2” Fukagawa Edo Museums Shopping Street / Tokyo

2004
“conran show” OKADA STUDIO / Aichi
“floating scale – A tour about scale” Gakushoku 2nd Floor / Aichi
“space” U8 Projects / Aichi

2003
“Small Works Exhibition” ZaGallery Ariake / Tokyo
“Bookmarks” Ai Gallery / Tokyo
“Jin Session 2003 Vol.4 – off topic” Gallery Jin / Tokyo
“PC2003” ZaGallery Ariake / Tokyo
“A New Century living with Art 4 – An Origin of Power” ZaGallery Ariake / Tokyo

2002
“PC Show” ZaGallery Ariake / Tokyo
“GALERIA RASEN session” GALERIA RASEN / Tokyo

2001
“minimum continuation” exhibit LIVE / Tokyo
“GALERIA RASEN 2001” GALERIA RASEN / Tokyo

2000
“Constellation of Art 1998-1999-2000” Naruse Bijutsuza / Tokyo
“TRANSIT -Via / Bandwidth” GALERIA RASEN (The 4th contest for the best contemporary art work 2000 GALERIA RASEN Prize Show) / Tokyo
“Yotaro Niwa × Motohiro Tomii – A Desk Plan” Gallery Maronie / Kyoto
“GALERIA RASEN selection 2000 Vol.2” GALERIA RASEN / Tokyo

1999
“Yutaka Kimura × Motohiro Tomii – House of being for unknown myself ” Metal Art Museum Hikarinotani / Chiba
“The 4th contest for the best contemporary art work 2000 Exhibition” Shinkiba SOKO Gallery / Tokyo
“An Undoable Nerves” Gallery Nayuta / Yokohama
“Selected MA Graduates Show” Musashino Art University Museum and Library / Tokyo

1998
“Talking Container” Gallery Nayuta / Yokohama

1997
“Motohiro Tomii × Yotaro Niwa – The dramaturgy, Daily Life Passing By” KID AILACK ART HALL / Tokyo

Commission work
2008
HYS (designed by Hiroyuki Tanaka Architects) / Kanagawa

Others
2008 Prints book “Kabegiwa” (Printed by Itazu Litho-Grafik)

Web site
http://tomiimotohiro.com/index.html

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