Island JAPAN, Tokyo
BIEN is an artist who makes drawings. BIEN’s drawings with a little awkward lines trace a certain kind of shapes. Some shapes are generated from letters and signs and others born out of imaginings such as characters of manga and animation. These shapes become vague as BIEN draws again with his unique touch. The vague figure becomes a group of lines that seem weird because you would feel you are looking at something, but you actually are not. It is as if the moment of birth of something new was cut out of the paper, on which BIEN draws casually with a brush. Or, as if BIEN extracted only the presence and sign of something.
Cracked asphalt, fallen walls, contour of light seen from a cave, curve of a cord that was fallen out of nowhere, and trace of an insect walking on the wood. There are so many shapes that seem to be errors everywhere. They were generated without being seen. Shapes that are abstract and unrealistic: they go beyond the “system”. The world is full of truth. I thought this idea applies to manga and animation. Characters, letters, and signs invented by somebody. I try to draw a line being separated from the shapes of familiar things, and move it in a way that cannot be done with the lines making up ordinary letters. Then something (like) a shape automatically appeared. It was a new kind of error. Abracadabra!
— BIEN, 2018