Yuichiro TAMURA



  • 〈Milky Bay〉, 2016, mixed media installation with videos, concrete sculptures, silkscreened billiard tables and found objects. Dimensions variable; various video durations, Courtesy of the artist and Yuka Tsuruno Gallery

  • 〈Milky Bay〉, 2016, mixed media installation with videos, concrete sculptures, silkscreened billiard tables and found objects. Dimensions variable; various video durations, Courtesy of the artist and Yuka Tsuruno Gallery

Milky Bay

A dramatic piece without “live actors”, Milky Bay is narrated by a fictional storyteller reminiscent of Japanese author, poet, and playwright Yukio Mishima. In 1945, the U.S. Army indiscriminately bombed Yokohama’s city center, reportedly killing approximately 10,000 people. After the war, Yokohama fell under the control of the Allied Forces and the streets were known by American-style names. Milky Bay is composed of a series of historical fragments including recollections of washed up body parts in Yokohama, and reminiscences of a young man attracted by the muscled bodies of American soldiers swaggering through the streets of Yokohama. On Christmas Day 1951, Mishima set off from Yokohama Port to Greece, where the Mediterranean sun and the bodies he encountered had a significant influence on him. After returning to Japan, Mishima started weight training in 1955, while his sexual orientation was still obscure. Milky Bay is inspired by and contains elements of Mishima’s 1963 novel, The Sailor Who Fell From Grace with the Sea, which was set in Yokohama. In Milky Bay, flashes of connections come together like the striking of one billiard ball on another. As associations and resonances multiply, we are given a vision of history as wide-ranging as it is intensely psychological.
 
 



About the Artist


Born in Toyoma prefecture in 1977, currently he lives and works in Kyoto, Japan. Tamura holds a doctoral degree from the Graduate School of Film and New Media, Tokyo University of the Arts, and a Bachelor’s degree of Photography from Nihon University. He was a guest researcher for the Institut für Raumexperimente at the Berlin University of the Arts (2013-2014). Mostly, he produces installations with video and photograph as well as performance. He not only addresses a message towards the privileged contemporary arts audience, but also triggers an unconventional way of communication with the audience, through the works that utilize his unique form of reflection which is unconstrained by the conventional division among the categories such as video or visual arts.