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Art.Mann “Verbündete – Allies”

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Art.Mann “Verbündete – Allies”
at Design Festa Gallery
3-20-18 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001
Media: Sculpture - Party
(2017-09-07 - 2017-09-26)

The mysterious creatures of German artist Art.Mann are protectors for people. Their characters encourage us to master the challenges of life and to live its full potential. Influenced by mythology, Buddhism and pop culture, each character carries a strong life-affirming message, wrapped up in a furry kawaii look – wabi-sabi style. In his Japan debut show “Verbündete - 味方,” Art.Mann presents his latest miniature sculpture series. Concept of the show: the displayed characters are strong individuals and build a team of artist allies. They represent the core competence of all battles in life, forming a strong team and fighting together with and for each other. “Alone, we are just insignificant Egos, fragile like porcelain,” Art.Mann says. All exhibited works of the show are unique can be purchased directly from the gallery. Art.Mann’s work has been shown in the U.S., Germany, and Switzerland. Design Festa Gallery exclusively presents his unique artwork for his Japan debut show running from September 7 – September 26, 2017. The artist will be present at the show from September 7 to September 9.




Kana Ohtsuki + Kuniko Kinoto “Home & Stone - Whereabouts of the spirit-dwelling object - ”

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Kana Ohtsuki + Kuniko Kinoto “Home & Stone - Whereabouts of the spirit-dwelling object - ”
at Paku Paku An
2-17-14 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0062
Media: Illustration - Painting - Ceramics - Party
(2017-09-21 - 2017-09-26)

In its annual two-artist exhibitions, Paku Paku An encourages a type of chemistry to develop between artworks of vastly different genres by bringing together artists active in diverse fields. This installment will present the works of Kana Ohtsuki, a painter and illustrator popular across various media, and Kuniko Kinoto, a ceramicist who is also a member of the Hyouge Jissaku Extreme Potters Group. With the brand new works on exhibit here these two creators search for a common outlook, which began from the moment of their first encountered. Otsuki has long been depicting a contemporary sense of emptiness through the girls that appear in her works, and since the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami has expressed the subsequent era of transformation through the image of the chrysalis. In the attempt to embody the form of contemporary Japan, her most recent motif is that of the home. Meanwhile, Kinoto has developed the style of his ceramics by adding various processes to the glazing stage, producing works that resemble naturally-formed stones by manipulating pigments and other elements. This idea was originally inspired by a stone that he received as a souvenir from overseas. At first Kinoto considered the stone to be a fake, but such stones are now recognized as “precious stones” or “gemstones,” and though they are man made, it seems that they also signify something beyond human existence. Stones can be understood as the foundations of the homes in which we live. Discover for yourself the unique chemistry that forms between the works of these two distinct artists.




Taishi Hatayama “Astray in Time”

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Taishi Hatayama “Astray in Time”
at Sezon Art Gallery
3-6-7 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001
Media: Painting - Party
(2017-09-02 - 2017-09-26)

Taishi Hatayama’s works are best described as being paintings of light within a truncated landscape. You will find yourself asking whether on these canvases there is an act of superimposition in his production process, which is based on his experience in seeking light in an examination of the ocular fundus. In the exchange of developing thoughts on the surface of the canvas, you will discover a phenomenon that can’t be grasped by the eyes alone - indeed when we face the painting there is a centripetal force drawing us into it. The work in this exhibition incorporates the waxing tranquillity seen up to now in his dynamic expression, on the surface of the canvas large and small brushstrokes evoking boldly wild light that is in the process of being drawn into darkness with an unknown depth. Venue: 1F Sezon Art Gallery




Japanese Kogei Future Forward “Bridge Art and Craft”

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Japanese Kogei Future Forward “Bridge Art and Craft”
at Eye of Gyre
3F, 5-10-1 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001
Media: Sculpture - Crafts
(2017-08-23 - 2017-09-27)

The artists presented in this exhibition are those that connect kogei (traditional crafts) with contemporary art, finding new potential and possibilities for it while making use of its characteristic materials and techniques. Masayasu Mitsuke reinterprets and reconfigures traditional techniques passed down through the generations, such as the Kutani Akae style of ceramic painting. Takuro Kuwata and Hiroshi Kitani, meanwhile, apply kogei-like themes within the context of contemporary art. Both artists use kogei and refer to its history while focusing on concepts, the power of expression, and criticism. Gyre 3F




Saki Nakajima “Everyday Fragments”

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Saki Nakajima “Everyday Fragments”
at OPA gallery/shop
1F, 4-1-23 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001
Media: Illustration - Party
(2017-09-22 - 2017-09-27)

The quiet flow of time, the soft light of the sun, the sweetness of the atmosphere. This is what Saki Nakajima usually experiences in the objects and landscapes she comes into contact with. Drawing almost everyday, this exhibition is formed of the fragments that color Nakajima’s day to day life.




Kayu Nagai Exhibition

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Kayu Nagai Exhibition
at Shinseido
5-4-30, Minami Aoyama, Minato, Tokyo 107-0062
Media: Painting
(2017-09-14 - 2017-09-29)

Twenty works by Kayu Nagai, a painter of unpopulated amusement parks, factories, and other wistful landscapes combining natural and artificial elements.




Art × Music = Mike Maki

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Art × Music = Mike Maki
at Art & Space Kokokara
202 Kudo Bldg., 2-27-20 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0062
Media: Painting - Sculpture - Sound - Party
(2017-09-24 - 2017-09-30)

Mike Maki is a versatile folk singer and actor known for hit songs such as “Bara ga saita (Rose in bloom)” and “Nonbiri iko (Go easy).” Focusing primarily on paintings, this exhibition will present a number of previously unreleased works, also incorporating original guitars produced by Maki, as well as other sculptural works. Discover the full creative scope of this talented man who has spent the last 51 years of his life performing. [Related Events] Special Live Performance Event Date: Sep. 24 (Sun) 17:00- (Doors Open: 16:30) Admission: ¥4000 + 1 drink order Capacity: 30 (booking required) *Bookings can be made via email: info@cococara-minamiaoyama.com or phone: 03-6434-7547




Cosmic Wonder

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Cosmic Wonder
at Lamp harajuku
4-28-15 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001
Media: Installation - Product - Fashion
(2017-09-15 - 2017-09-30)

New pieces from the 2017 autumn line.




Kei Odaka + Ryota Kurosawa + Reiko Tamura “Locate the boundaries”

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Kei Odaka + Ryota Kurosawa + Reiko Tamura “Locate the boundaries”
at Galerie Omotesando
Arch Atrium B02, 4-17-3 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001
Media: Photography
(2017-09-25 - 2017-09-30)

Group exhibition showcasing the work of three photographers.




Shelves 2: Orie Small Objects

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Shelves 2: Orie Small Objects
at Orie Art Gallery
AA Bldg. 1F, 2-9-16 Kita aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0061
Media: Product - Crafts
(2017-09-19 - 2017-09-30)

The box shelves in the gallery will be packed full with objects produced from various materials, such as wood, metal, glass, and ceramics, by 41 different artists.




Yoshiko Abe “Line + colors”

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Yoshiko Abe “Line + colors”
at Space Yui
Hayakawa Bldg. 1F, 3-4-11 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0062
Media: Illustration - Painting
(2017-09-25 - 2017-09-30)

Embroidered collages, drawings, and silkscreens.




Buggy “All sorts of buggy”

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Buggy “All sorts of buggy”
at The Blank Gallery
3F Osaki Bldg., 3-21-6 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001
Media: Painting - Prints - Sculpture - Product
(2017-09-15 - 2017-10-01)

Buggy depicts figures of envy, such as heroes, pop icons, musicians and supermodels known to us through media, with a familiarity that suggests he’s painting real life human beings. The people behind these figures are in reality certainly not always cool and beautiful. Buggy captures their “mustn’t see” side in an endearing way, using an edgy style that is full of humor and playfulness.




Film Illustrations: David Lynch Edition

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Film Illustrations: David Lynch Edition
at Dazzle
#101 2-12-20 Kita-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0061
Media: Illustration - Painting - Drawing
(2017-09-26 - 2017-10-01)

Several artists present illustrations of David Lynch films and series, including Dune, Blue Velvet, and Twin Peaks.




I’m still alive. by skydiving magazine and Dan Isomura

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I’m still alive. by skydiving magazine and Dan Isomura
at Pass the Baton
Omotesando Hills west B2F, 4-12-10 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001
Media: Graphics - Painting - Installation
(2017-09-08 - 2017-10-01)

This 101st exhibition to be held at the gallery will present a collaboration between artist unit Skydiving Magazine, which was established by Minori Murata and Masako Hirano in 2016 and publishes a bi-annual magazine as well as offering art direction, graphic design and other services, and contemporary artist Dan Isomura, who produces work on subjects such as immigration, refugees, and the border between this world and hell. The shared theme of this exhibition will be “hell.”




Marie Assenat “Petit Bonjour De Paris”

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Marie Assenat “Petit Bonjour De Paris”
at Galerie Doux Dimanche
3-5-6 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001
Media: Illustration
(2017-09-19 - 2017-10-01)

Presenting the works of package illustrator Marie Assenat.




Package Happiness Theory: My Package!

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Package Happiness Theory: My Package!
at Gallery 5610
5610Ban-kan, 5-6-10 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0062
Media: Product - Fashion
(2017-09-18 - 2017-10-01)

Exhibiting outstanding works of packaging design.




Papier Labo. “Objects on the Books”

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Papier Labo. “Objects on the Books”
at Utrecht / Now Idea
2C Kari Mansion, 5-36-6 Jingumae, Minato-ku, Tokyo 150-0001
Media: Sculpture - Installation
(2017-09-12 - 2017-10-01)

Book-based objects d’art.




Brian Alfred “Techno Garden”

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Brian Alfred “Techno Garden”
at Maho Kubota Gallery
1F 2-4-7 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001
Media: Painting - Animation - Sound
(2017-09-01 - 2017-10-05)

Solo exhibition presenting works from “Techno Garden,” a new body of work from Brooklyn-based artist Brian Alfred. The show consists of paintings and an animation that features a collaboration soundtrack produced with Ghostly Records recording artist Logan Takahashi. The works here follow the artists’ interests in the balance between man’s desire for invention and man’s relationship to the natural environment. Between painting images from office buildings, highways and jumbled computer cables and images of electric sunsets, forest fires and flyovers, Alfred is placing the viewer between two worlds. One is the idealized world of progress and invention and the other is the actual footprint that development and technology has on the natural environment. Finding danger and beauty in both realms puts the judgment on the human desire for progress in a grey area.




Satoe Tone “In addition to picture books”

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Satoe Tone “In addition to picture books”
at Pinpoint Gallery
Futaba Bldg.B1, 5-10-1 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0062
Media: Painting - Product
(2017-09-25 - 2017-10-07)

Satoe Tone, who is known best for her picture book illustrations, will present a lineup of original paintings that are not from books. This is a selection of works that departs slightly from the world of her illustrations. Don’t worry though, there will be a few original works from her latest picture book on show too.




Ailin Nakagawa Exhibition

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Ailin Nakagawa Exhibition
at Gallery Jy
U Bldg., 2-12-23 Kita-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0061
Media: Photography
(2017-09-19 - 2017-10-08)




D[di:] “Crystallized Points of View”

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D[di:] “Crystallized Points of View”
at hpgrp Gallery Tokyo
B1F Ohararyu Kaikan, 5-7-17 Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0062
Media: Drawing - Party
(2017-09-09 - 2017-10-08)

D[di:] expresses herself with a variety of printmaking techniques and materials, using a technique she has coined “harmonic paint” to produce works on the theme of people as mandala - bodies as sites where signs come together, and the flow of the universe is represented. In the new works presented here, she uses a split screen approach that allows individual motifs to respond to one another across the compositions.




GoFa 20th Anniversary Exhibition: Kotono Kato’s “Altair: A Record of Battles”

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GoFa 20th Anniversary Exhibition: Kotono Kato’s “Altair: A Record of Battles”
at Gofa
Aoyama Oval Building 2F, 5-52-2 Jingumae, Sibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001
Media: Illustration - Manga - Animation
(2017-09-09 - 2017-10-09)

Original illustrations and animation props by manga artist Kotono Kato, whose “Altair: A Record of Battles” launched as a TV series this July.




Spectrum File 18 Toru Urakawa

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Spectrum File 18 Toru Urakawa
at Spiral
5-6-23 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0062
Media: Sculpture - Installation
(2017-09-25 - 2017-10-09)

A spectrum is the band of colors created when light shines through a prism. To celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2015, Spiral showcased a wide range of creative talent who were inspired by this idea and looked ahead for new potential across conventions and borders in their current and future activities. Today up-and-coming artists and designers continue to work in ways that transcend medium, category, nationality, and generation. “Spectrum File” is an irregular series of exhibitions inviting various guest curators to select and introduce overlooked talent, while encouraging discussion on how art can raise awareness about society. During each exhibition there will also be talks and other opportunities to share ideas. For this installment, the work of multidisciplinary artist Toru Urakawa, known as a programmer and stage technician who in recent years has showed interest in establishing everyday things in mathematical terms, will be presented following recommendation by Kunihiko Morinaga, the designer behind the fashion label Anrealage. In 2016, an artificial intelligence managed to beat a top-class human chess player for the very first time, becoming a hot news topic. Concerned about the impact of progress around machine learning on society, in one of his “collaborations between computers and people,” Urakawa developed the idea of a dictionary based on data obtained by a self-learning machine. A dictionary can be referred to as a “dictionary of consciousness,” emphasizing the flow of consciousness and sensibilities of a certain era, or a group or individual sharing a culture. In this exhibition, master of modern Japanese literature Soseki Natsume’s stream of consciousness will be presented as a single book. Gathering a huge number of words from several of Natsume’s novels, Urakawa analyzes the similarity and frequency of the contexts that surround the appearance of certain words. This is a dictionary designed in a completely new way that allows for an overview of consciousness. When Natsume thought about “the future,” what else was he thinking of at the same time? Discover for yourself here. Venue: Mina-to, 1F Spiral




Taro Okamoto’s Tohoku

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Taro Okamoto’s Tohoku
at Taro Okamoto Memorial museum
6-1-19 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0062
Media: Drawing - Photography
(2017-07-01 - 2017-10-09)

In 1957 contemporary artist Taro Okamoto made his first trip to Japan’s northern Tohoku region in search of the essence of Japanese culture. Discovering a vitality and wellspring of culture with parallels to the Okinawan and ancient Jomon civilizations, Okamoto was inspired to create his masterpiece Tower of the Sun during his Tohoku travels. The exhibition celebrates the 60th anniversary of Okamoto’s encounters with Japan’s Great North.




Toshikazu Masukawa Exhibition

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Toshikazu Masukawa Exhibition
at Akiyama Gallery
3-7-6 Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 151-0051
Media: Drawing - Sculpture - Party
(2017-09-25 - 2017-10-14)




Barry McGee + Clare Rojas “Big Sky Little Moon”

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Barry McGee + Clare Rojas “Big Sky Little Moon”
at Watari-um, The Watari Museum of Contemporary Art
3-7-6 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001
Media: Graphics - Illustration - Painting - Drawing - Sound - Talks
(2017-06-24 - 2017-10-15)

A growing sense of tension can currently be sensed in cities around the world, with great shifts in American society having occurred since the start of the 21st century. Born in San Francisco, California in 1966, Barry McGee is a graffiti artist who burst onto the art scene in the late 1980s. As an artist who works on the streets and free of constraints, McGee has remained conscious of issues such as community and continues to focus on the subject of people living on the streets. This exhibition presents works by McGee and his longtime partner, the artist Clare Rojas. [Related Events] Opening Night Date: June 24 (Sat) 20:00-22:00 Talk: Barry McGee Live Performance: Peggy Honeywell (Clare Rojas) Background Music: Towa Tei & Friends Admission: ¥2000 *Please see the official website for further details




Shinkichi Tajiri Exhibition
Shinkichi Tajiri Exhibition at Blum & Poe Harajuku Jingu-no-Mori 5F, 1-14-34 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
Tokyo 150-0001 Media: Sculpture - Party (2017-09-08 - 2017-10-21) Exhibition of sculpture by Japanese-American, Los Angeles-born artist Shinkichi Tajiri. His first show in Tokyo in over fifty years, this presentation marks a posthumous return to the artist’s ancestral place of origin after an arduous journey beginning in the hostile climate of the US during and after WWII, followed by years spent in exile thereafter. Associated early on with Cobra, the postwar European movement named after the home cities Copenhagen, Brussels, and Amsterdam, Tajiri began his career with a sculptural style that could be described as Abstract Surrealism. This quickly diversified into a wide-ranging, innovative practice that spanned film, video, photography, and computer art, mixing elements of Surrealism, Pop, and Minimalism. This exhibition presents the two core bodies of work from his sculptural oeuvre — the Warrior and the Knot — themes that allowed the artist to confront the trauma of his personal experience and wider sociopolitical injustices. Tajiri was born in Los Angeles to first-generation Japanese immigrants. Their lives were upended after the attack on Pearl Harbor, which occurred on Tajiri’s eighteenth birthday; soon after, along with more than 120,000 other people of Japanese descent living in the United States, they were detained in an internment camp in Arizona. To escape imprisonment, in 1944 Tajiri enlisted in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team (a Japanese-American regiment of the US Army), fighting in Italy soon thereafter. He was subsequently wounded in combat, reclassified as ‘limited service’ and reassigned to the general army command. He returned to the US in 1946 and studied for one year at the Art Institute of Chicago. However, the anti-Japanese sentiment he encountered prompted him to move to Paris in 1948, where he studied with Ossip Zadkine and Fernand Léger. There he met Karel Appel, Constant, and Corneille as they were forming Cobra with Asger Jorn and others. They invited him to take part in the International Exhibitions of Experimental Art, at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam in 1949 and the Palais des Beaux-Arts, Liège, Belgium in 1951. Tajiri resided in Paris throughout the late 1940s and early 1950s. In 1957, he married the Dutch artist Ferdi and moved to the Netherlands, where he was later granted citizenship. Sculpted with extraordinary precision, Tajiri’s “warriors” are abstract figures inspired by samurai armor, modern weaponry, and manga imagery. The artist was interested in the full range of their potential roles: as sentinels keeping watch for attack, as samurai who serve the nobility, or as rōnin—the exiled samurai who wander the land with shifting loyalties. Originating from his experience of internment, front-line combat and self-exile, these paradoxical figures connote at once strength, violence, protection, and vulnerability—in his own words: “They expressed the need to purge myself of the horrors of war.” In recognition of the importance of these sculptures, in 2007 Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands unveiled Tajiri’s four Sentinels permanently installed on the bridge over the Maas River in Venlo, colossal figures each standing at just under thirty feet. [...]



Supporting the Buddhist Image - Lotus Flower, Sacred Beast, Deva, Demon

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Supporting the Buddhist Image - Lotus Flower, Sacred Beast, Deva, Demon
at Nezu Institute of Fine Arts
6-5-1 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0062
Media: Painting
(2017-09-14 - 2017-10-22)

This exhibition views Buddhism’s pantheon of buddhas, bodhisattvas, and deities from a unique perspective: that of the pedestals and vehicles on which their images are presented. The lotus flower, the symbol of Buddhism, is the most widespread type of pedestal, but by no means the only one. Monju Bosatsu (Manjusri), seated on a lotus pedestal, rides on a Chinese lion, and Fugen Bosatsu (Samantabhadra) on a white elephant. The armor-clad Four Guardian Kings stand on demons, and the graceful goddess Benzaiten (Sarasvati) is seated on a lotus leaf. The world of esoteric Buddhism offers even more variations on Buddhist images and their pedestals. A select group of works from the Nezu Museum collection, including “Kongokai Mandala with Eighty-One Deities,” “Legends of Zenkoji Temple,” and “Aizen-myoo (Ragaraja)” - all of which are classified as Important Cultural Properties - compose an unparalleled opportunity to examine the symbolism of Buddhist art and its stylistic riches. Venue: Exhibition Rooms 1 and 2 *Please see the official website for details on related events.




miCo. “Practice and Consideration”

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miCo. “Practice and Consideration”
at Prismic Gallery
Akimoto Minami-aoyama Bldg. 1F, 4-1-9 Minami-aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0062
Media: Drawing - Sculpture - Installation - Video and Film
(2017-09-16 - 2017-10-29)

Exhibition presenting recent works that demonstrate miCo’s practice, the awareness it brings, and consideration. This will be presented in a number of formats, such as models, drawings, mock-ups, videos, and installations, which form not only an exhibition space but also a meeting space within the gallery setting.




The Amazon at the Present

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The Amazon at the Present
at Itochu Aoyama Art Square
B1F CI Plaza, 2-3-1 Kita Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0061
Media: Photography
(2017-09-08 - 2017-10-31)

This new exhibition, with its main theme of coexistence with nature, features some thirty photographs of Amazonian nature at the present and the animals inhabiting the Amazon, carefully selected from the works of National Geographic photographers. National Geographic, founded in the U.S. in 1888, is a full-color visual magazine that publishes many works by top-rated photographers around the world. This magazine is supported by avid readers who are not only keen about environmental issues and nature conservation, but also curious about a wide variety of intellectual fields. Itochu, which operates globally, positions environmental issues as one of its important management policies, and supports a biodiversity preservation program to reintroduce Amazonian manatees into the wild. This program is promoted by the Wildlife Research Center of Kyoto University and the National Institute for Amazonian Research (INPA), and as one of the SATREPS projects by JICA and JST. The Amazon accounts for almost half of all tropical rainforests on Earth and is known as a treasure trove of ecosystems. This exhibition is a chance to understand how the serious destruction of the Amazon rainforest is said to have a huge impact on the global climate, focusing on the current situation in which diverse creatures are living in danger in the Amazon. Discover the realities of the Amazon at the present with its natural environment and animal inhabitants.




Gardar Eide Einarsson “Studies and Further Studies in a Dying Culture”
Gardar Eide Einarsson “Studies and Further Studies in a Dying Culture” at Rat Hole Gallery B1F, 5-5-3 Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0062 Media: Painting (2017-09-08 - 2017-11-26) Gardar Eide Einarsson’s third exhibition at Rat Hole Gallery will present a suite of ten new paintings and marks the artist’s only show to date focused exclusively on painting works. Einarsson (Norwegian, b.1976, lives and works in Tokyo) works across a multitude of genres, including painting, installation, sculpture, ready-made objects and flags, film and photography, to examine ideas of authority and rebellion within social, political, and economic structures, as well as notions of fear and paranoia embedded in such relationships of power. Using methods of appropriation, assemblage, and abstraction of images and information from a variety of sources - from cultural ephemera to political iconography, utopian ideologies, and criminal subcultures - Einarsson voids them of their context and meaning, while simultaneously transforming them into coded layers of expression and often times signifiers of dissent. For this exhibition, the imagery of each of the paintings is derived from graphic designs of book and DVD covers, logos, and political buttons. These include the cover of a documentary film based on a Japanese doomsday cult, a study from 1937 analyzing politics in Chicago during the Great Depression, a 1969 exhibition catalog of a group show by 14 minimalist sculptors, and an anthology of writings on accelerationism. Shared among the works is a disconnect between the title of the painting, pregnant with meaning, and a seemingly empty and flat surface that is somewhat reminiscent, yet not entirely, of post-war painting. The works possess a formal vocabulary of minimalism and geometrical abstraction through the use of a monochromatic palette or rigorous black-and-white execution, as is often found with Einarsson’s paintings. Furthermore, in erecting a rigid framework for the way in which the painting is derived from the source imagery, such as by reducing color or the amount of information visible on the surface, Einarsson creates a “painterly” space to exist there within, thus elevating accidents and coincidence to a level where they are subject to painterly-aesthetic judgment. The content and the painterliness are each reduced towards a vanishing point, remaining always at an arms length, where they continue to exist even as they recede further away from view. The main function of the paintings, however, lies not necessarily within the four edges of the stretched canvas, but in the source material that is only hinted at in the titles. The juxtaposition and amalgamation of these sources result in something resembling a paranoid narrative created by the artist. As visual objects, the paintings themselves fail to function as carriers of meaning. Alternatively, they serve as a portal to a discourse that exists elsewhere - an uncertain present - that is not to be read entirely from looking at the surface of the painting, a flatness that exists both physically and from the repeated acts of stripping, layering, and leveling of social, political, and cultural constructs and hierarchies. [...]