Kurumi Wakaki, “Man of the Wheel” Town Installations

“Beneath the Wheel”, 2011 Courtesy: Gallery Jin, Tokyo

October 21 (Fri) 17:30 - 24:00
October 22 (Sat) 11:00 - October 23 (Sun) 4:00
Rapiros Roppongi
6-1-24 Roppongi, Minato-ku
[Participation fee]
This is a piece in which the artist keeps running inside a device like a giant hamster wheel to keep the wheel turning. Woodblock prints are placed on the outer circumference of the wheel, and because the artist hoped photos would look like an animation when viewed at the perfect speed but this failed, the work is only based on the concept of the artist surprising the audience by simply continuing to run. It is a piece imbued with much power because it showcases the performance of the artist challenging her limits by continuing to run for two days.


Kurumi Wakaki

Graduated from Kyoto City University of Arts’ Faculty of Fine Arts. Encouraged by a friend, she applied for the 12th Taro Okamoto Memorial Award for Contemporary Art and received the Taro Award while working part-time. She also won the top prize at Rokko Meets Art 2013. In the same year, she organized a project called Wakaki Kurumi no Seisakudojo (Kurumi Wakaki’s Creative Workshop) at Sakamoto Zenzo Museum of Art, where she created 30 artworks in 30 days. She continues to make art while working part-time.