Naoya HIRATA “Sakashima”

2021.9.25 – 10.23
Opening hour:12.00-18.00
Closed on Sun, Mon, National holiday

Dealing with the themes of space, time, and physicality, Naoya Hirata employs preexisting 3D models and images, which he has collected from the Internet, and using an assemblage
method, he presents actual projections of sculptural works that were constructed in virtual computer
spaces. By manifesting other realities, which are part of a new order, through virtual images, Hirata
examines the relationship between real things by creating different versions of a plausible world while
at the time offering contemporary interpretations of sculpture history.

Hirata quickly moves back and forth between the real and the virtual, enabling us to enjoy the myriad
qualities of each state. The projected works are marked by disparate features: some are photographs,
others are three-dimensional sculptures made with a 3D printer, and still others are images.
These sculptural works, which dwell in a virtual space, are projected in the real world.

The title of the exhibition, Against Nature, is derived from an eponymous 1884 novel by the French
writer Joris-Karl Huysmans that was translated into Japanese by Shibusawa Tatsuhiko.
The story centers on Jean Des Esseintes, the descendent of a noble family, who shuts himself away
in a house in the suburbs, and while living a secret life, creates an artificial paradise inside his room.

We hope that you will take this opportunity to catch a glimpse of this artificial paradise created by Hirata.

Satoko Oe Contemporary


summer show

24 July – 7 August, 2021
24 August – 4 September, 2021
Opening hour: 12.00-18.00
Summer holiday: 8 – 23 August
Closed on Sunday, Monday, and National holiday
No opening reception will be held.

We are pleased to announce the summer show showing the fictional documentary film work “The Communities We Must Have Imagined” included in the solo show of Yoshinori NIWA in 2019, and the works by IKEZAKI Takuya, Kesang LAMDARK, Naoya HIRATA, Shigeru HASEGAWA, and Makiko MASUTANI. We look forward to welcoming you soon.

Satoko Oe Contemporary


Shigeru HASEGAWA “The Sower”

2021.06.01 – 07.03
Opening hour: 12.00-18.00
Closed on Sun, Mon, National holiday

When you hear the title The Sower, are you reminded of Millet’s painting of that name, or one of the many Van Gogh works that share the same title? Or do you think of a picture by a different artist? Although you might not have actually seen the painting, The Sower is a very well-known title.

When asked why he chose The Sower, a subject addressed by many artists, as the title of this exhibition, Shigeru Hasegawa replied, “I just wanted to quote a painting that everybody knew very well.” It might well have been something else, like Sunflowers or The Scream, but since Hasegawa lived in Holland for a long time and painted lots of flowers and fruits, he thought The Sower was not totally unrelated.

“It’s not as if I want to express a certain thing with my paintings, or that there was a beautiful landscape or diva that I wanted to paint. I just want to paint pictures. To make my pictures, I have long taken an experimental approach in which I extract, dismantle, and reassemble motifs used in masterpieces from every age and region that I remembered being emotionally affected by, and then apply my own method of painting. For example, if I wanted to paint vegetables, I create a link to Arcimboldo or Jakuchu. If I wanted to paint curtains, I could do the same with Dutch interior paintings, or if wanted to paint a chair, I could create a link to Van Gogh. Except when I paint these things, a fish is not a fish, and an apple is not an apple. If might sound like some kind of Zen koan, but everything is just there because I wanted to paint a picture.”

As the novel coronavirus began to rage, and the world fell silent and became shrouded in despair, I imagined that like a sower, every artist was moving their brush while imagining a day when people might have a chance to see the pictures they were making. The pleasure of imagining the movement of a brush, listening closely to a sound, and coming face to face with a painting is akin to the Barbizon painters’ attempts to convey the “pleasures of life” by depicting the everyday activities of farmers. In the present age, however, this is an “ordinary miracle.” For me, it is important to remember that the pleasure of running a gallery is to enable as many people as possible to experience this kind of ordinary miracle.


3 artists show – Shigeru HASEGAWA, Luca COSTA, and Naoya HIRATA

2020.2.24 – 03.20
opening hour : 12.00-18.00
closed on 4th, and 5th Mar.
Closed on Sun, Mon, National holiday

We are pleased to announce the 3 artists show of Shigeru HASEGAWA (b.1963), imaginary Argentine artist, Luca COSTA (b.1989) and newly introducing virtual sculptor, Naoya HIRATA (b.1991).

Shigeru HASEGAWA shows his 3m dog painting painted in 1997. Luca COSTA will make an installation combining the new and previous works. Naoya HIRATA will show his virtual sculptures meant to be shown at Art Collaboration Kyoto. We look forward to welcoming you.

Satoko Oe Contemporary


Mitsuhiro IKEDA ” dawn “

31 October – 28 November, 2020
Opening hours: 12.00-19.00
Closed on Sun, Mon, and National Holiday

We are pleased to announce the solo show of Mitsuhiro IKEDA ” dawn ” at the above period.

The work of Mitsuhiro Ikeda (b.1978) involves carefully planning out complex and inexplicable perceptual architectures and experiences and painting them in numerous layers. Each landscape is not simply a record of a place, but structurally resembles a novel imbued with the memory of a place, a tale spun through the intricate intertwining of motifs, paint, and subject matter. Scattered fragments of paint converge, fragmentarily remembered scenes are selected, and the painting completed as if skimming the top layer of a concoction. While foreseeing the ways in which things develop, he sometimes pauses to observe phenomena, at other times is swept along by the unrestrained dynamism of the paint, eventually seeking out and guiding the work to its conclusion. Each ending leads to a new beginning, with a fresh canvas and a new tale to tell. He maintains faith that endlessly repeated acts will accumulate to give the works their richness.

Light shines in, and images of objects and phenomena vaguely emerge. The outlines of shapes appear gradually, like mere premonitions, then melt into slumber again. In the outlines that coalesce and dissolve again and again, images take shape. Storytelling, imagining, thought, and more––are all processes that begin in this state between sleep and awakening. Rather than immediately rendering the contours of things clearly, I let my gaze linger on an undifferentiated mass of things, separating them out one by one and weaving them together in slumber. This process is not one of assigning or capturing definite shapes of things, but of distributing possible states of being throughout spaces.
Mitsuhiro IKEDA

The exhibition title dawn refers to the time when the sky grows light, but also has other meanings including “beginning” and “premonition.” At a time when the way forward is so uncertain, we will be delighted if this exhibition heralds new beginnings, like the creation stories of mythology, and sheds new light on the future. The gallery plans to present four to six new works, with a new work entitled dawn (like the exhibition as a whole) as a centerpiece. We look forward to welcoming you at the exhibition.


Shinichiro KANO “logs”

5 September – 3 October, 2020
Opening hours: 12.00-19.00
Closed on Sun, Mon, and National Holiday

We are pleased to announce the solo show of Shinichiro KANO “logs” at the above period.
Interview with Shinichiro KANO



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13 Jun – 11 Jul, 2020
Opening hours: 12.00-19.00
Closed on Sun, Mon, and National Holiday
We are pleased to announce the postponed group show “Evacuation” at the above period.

“Evacuation” is the group show with the works of all the artists we work with.
We aim to exist as an evacuation shelter in the society, and glad to welcome you again at our space.


Onsen Confidential

28 Mar – 12 Apr, 2020
We will have a joint party from 19.00 on 28 Mar, at Sunday, Mishuku.
Opening hours: 12.00-19.00
Closed on Sun, Mon, and National Holiday
We are open till 18.00 on the first day of 28th Mar.
We will open on 12 Apr, Sun (12.00-19.00)

We are pleased to announce the participation of “Onsen Confidential”

“Onsen Confidential” hosts the oversea galleries and exhibits the works at the host galleries in Tokyo.
We will host Arcadia Missa (London, UK), Good Weather (North Little Rock, USA), Federico Vavassori (Milan, Italy).

We look forward to welcoming you soon!

For more information → Onsen Confidential


Shigeru HASEGAWA solo show

Jan 25 – Feb 22, 2020
Opening hours: 12.00-19.00
Closed on Sun, Mon, and National Holiday

We are pleased to announce the solo show of Shigeru HASEGAWA (b.1963) “2003-2004” from 25 Jan which mainly introduces his unshown works produced especially between 2003-2004.

During 2003-2004, Hasegawa was based in the Netherlands where he used to live during 90s. In the Hasegawa’s works made during this period, we can find some of the essences of the Dutch paintings, as well as the paintings of interior scenes.

Hasegawa didn’t show any of his works for over 6 years from 2013 to 2019 until we had his solo in March, last year and he merely showed his works in 00s. Even though his paintings are in collection of some of the major museums in Japan, but we don’t see variation of them for that reason.

We sincerely hope this would be an opportunity to find out more about Hasegawa, and you will visit us while the exhibition is on view.


Shigeru HASEGAWA and Yoshinori NIWA

23 Oct – 16 Nov, 2019
Opening hours: 12.00-19.00
Closed on Sun, Mon, and National Holiday
Closed on Sat, 2nd Nov.

We are pleased to announce the 2 artists show of Shigeru HASEGAWA (b.1963) and Yosninori NIWA (b.1982) who newly joined to our gallery this year.
The show introduces their works never shown in Japan.
It would be very much appreciated if you could come and visit us at this occasion.