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Simon Vega “Moon Rabbit :The Lunar Cruiser” @ Oku-Noto Triennale 2020+

Moon Rabbit :The Lunar Cruiser

A strange vehicle appears in the children’s park overlooking the sea. It’s a lunar rover made from wood siding, Noto tiles, and other scrap wood materials from Suzu’s empty houses. A strange feeling comes from seeing discarded rusty things and an ultra-modern form co-exist. This co-existence expresses the artist’s concept that the future lies in the past. Animation depicting the moon and a rabbit, common to ancient Asia and Central American myths, will be shown inside the vehicle.

Simon Vega

Born in El Salvador in 1972, Simon Vega graduated in Fine Arts at the University of Veracruz in Mexico in 2000 and received a Master´s degree in Contemporary Arts from the Complutense University in Madrid in 2006. Simón Vega creates drawings, objects, sculptural installations and happenings inspired in local markets, self-made-architecture and vendor carts found in the streets and beaches of Central America.

His sculptures are Third World replicas of the sophisticated capsules and satellites developed by NASA and the Soviet Space Program during the 'Space Race they comment on the effects of the Cold War in contemporary El Salvador. He has exhibited his work extensively in Europe, the United States and Latin America, including the 55th Venice Biennial in Italy (2013), the IX Havana Biennial, in Cuba (2006).

Oku-Noto Triennale 2020+

Duration September 4th(Sat)-October 24th(Sun) 2021, 51 days

Feel the power of art at “the furthest edge of the world.”

Suzu City is located in the center of the Japanese archipelago, at the tip of the Noto Peninsula, jutting out into the Japan Sea. The natural beauty of its satoyama and satoumi has remained to this day. We are blessed with an abundance of good food, and above all, wondeful resident people.

The spread of the novel coronavirus had a major impact on society and economies worldwide, and it was inevitable that the Oku-Noto Triennale postpone for one year. We have been preparing for the Oku-Noto Triennale2020+ in hopes that it will be an opportunity to reconnect divided countries and people.

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Tags: art; event; exhibition; sculpture; cruise; moon; rabbit; installation; seaside; park; surf
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