Hideki IINUMA was born in 1975, and after graduating Aichi Prefecture University of Fine-Arts graduate school, he entered Institut national d'histoire de l'art in France. Taking advantage of its European Region Action Scheme for the Mobility of University program (ERASMUS), he studied abroad also in Copenhagen (Denmark), Milan (Italy) and Karlsruhe (Germany), and built up his artist career in Europe. After returning back to Japan, recently his artworks have been exhibited not only in art spaces like galleries but also in various spaces such as local and international art fairs, outdoor monuments in Rokko Mountain, show-window installations in Tokyo and others. His works have been highly acclaimed for vividly overturning the general image of woodcarving and have been attracting a large number of viewers in each occasion.
This exhibition entitled “6th Sense” will be consisted of around 20 new works in installation by the artist. As typified by the Buddhism sculptor Enkū from the Edo period, woodcarvings in Japan has been representing expressions approaching our sixth sense - by recreating a Buddhist god from a tree where god was believed to be. Such approach must have rooted down deep to our everyday lives, weaving in our veneration and praying towards an existence of supernatural. What then would woodcarving mean, or furthermore, what would contemporary art mean now where supernatural existence is less considered? Iinuma pursues in his solo exhibition what supernatural existence would mean now in the present time of ours through the women living in the society. It would be a great pleasure if Iinuma’s world of expression in his solo exhibition “6th Sense” would become an opportunity to invoke your unconsciousness.