KUROKO by Various Artists
A5, 32 pages, Full colour printed, Saddle stitch, 2019
“Kuroko was published to celebrate a group exhibition of artists based in the UK and Japan working in sculpture. The participating artists were Jon Kipps, Julia McKinlay, Hiroko Nakajima, Eiko Soga, Lauren Wilson. The exhibition was held at Gallery House in Leeds between 13-29 September 2019. Kuroko was curated by Julia McKinlay and was part of the Index Festival programme of artist-led exhibitions. This publication is a record of the exchange of research within the group in the run up to the exhibition.
Dressed in black from head to toe, Kuroko is an invisible character in Kabuki theatre whose role is to support the performances of the actors, activate props and assist the storytelling on stage. This exhibition aimed to expand on these actions through a sculptural lens. The artists are linked by international exchange and a shared interest in materials, process and the power of objects to create a narrative. This artist led collective are interested in challenging cultural perspectives through references to architecture, anthropology and science.”