18 May – 22 June, 2019
Opening hours: 12.00-19.00
Closed on Sun., Mon., and public holidays
We are pleased to accnouce the show of “paper works: IKEZAKI Takuya, Makiko MASUTANI” from May 18.
IKEZAKI who’s based in New York since last year presents the new series of works “The Address on The Address” which he attempted to work on the parcels and mails he’s received at the new address in New York. He draws the cycadophyte leaves or the waves which reminds him the longed hometown in the south part of Japan. The waves are sometimes made with the handmade stamps, and some of these works are colourfully painted with vivid paints. The excessive packagings of the cloths bought through internet normally go straight into the bins, without notice. However IKEZAKI treats them delicately and transformed them into the irreplaceable artworks which shows his current address and his origin.
Masutani captures the plants at the botanical garden in Shinjuku-Gyoen which is situated in the right centre of Tokyo surrounded by the skyscrapers, and is close to the shops offer the sexual services. She draws the plants and the colourful neon signs in one work. The delicate pencil strokes remind us the human nature of the people who’s related in the town of Shinjuku, but the brave composition shows us the brave the bravery on the other hand. Masutani attempts to wrap the wall with the hand-stamped wallpaper at this show. She’s been using the technique of stamping at her works, but the oversized wallpaper suggests more physicality, and spatiality of the works.
Hope you could come and have a look at the new activities of the two artists.
IKEZAKI Takuya was born in 1981, currently based in New York.
Makiko MASUTANI was born in 1982, currently based in Ibaraki.
23 March – 27 April, 2019
Opening reception: 18.00-20.00 on 23 Mar.
Closed on Sun., Mon., and public holidays
Among the works of Tokuoka Shinsen (1896-1972) is Camellia (1922) (collection of the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo). At 102.1 by 86.8 cm, it is not a very large work, but there is a somehow eerie and unreal aspect to the depiction of a camellia tree filling the pictorial space and spilling over the edges, its blooming flowers and lush foliage seemingly floating in a void.
A similar quality can be seen in one of Hasegawa Shigeru’s new works scheduled
to be shown in this exhibition, depicting something like a teapot surrounded by
cucumbers. The teapot is both like and not like a teapot (the same can be said of
the cucumbers), and painted above them in a pure shade of yellow appear to be
some sort of citrus fruits (although they may not be). The gray area at the edge
of the picture resembles both draped fabric and a line of hills.
As suggested by Hasegawa’s titling his exhibition PAINTING, the painting described
above is nothing besides just that, and to demand that it be something more than
that may be making grossly unjustified assumptions.
Nonetheless, there is a feeling of both exhilaration and discomfort like biting on
sand in one’s food, a hazy, cryptic quality that makes the viewer seek some small
clue as to what he or she is seeing and why the artist chose to paint it. The untitled
works withhold the information we seek, and we go back to the painting and
examine it again for clues, with a feeling like going around in circles. It is as if our
attitude toward viewing Hasegawa’s painting is being tested, and we cannot help
but tense up in response. What we seek to obtain from Hasegawa’s painting is
something that can only come from within oneself, and viewing it brings us face to
face with our own depth of knowledge and receptivity.
What does Hasegawa Shigeru paint? Why does Hasegawa Shigeru paint?
How does Hasegawa, who was long based in Europe, interpret PAINTING? He has
evidently given profound and prolonged thought to what constitutes his own
PAINTING, the result of which is a body of work conveying obsession, bordering on
the mad, with asserting its own unique identity.
This solo exhibition features six new and recent works by Hasegawa as well as older
work, and is his first in nine years after a lengthy period of silence. We sincerely hope
you will visit the gallery while the exhibition is on view.
Period:”4 days for a flash” : 15 – 18 Nov. 2018
“5 days for a flash (year-end)” : 18 – 22 Dec. 2018
We are pleased to announce the solo show of Shinichiro Kano in the two separate terms in November and in December.
The first term will be held between 15th – 18th November, and the second will be during 18th – 22nd December. Between these 2 terms, Kano will have a solo
show of “Jump Over the Flagpole” at switch point during 29th November – 15th December.
Kano paints the dice, playing cards, figures, and other daily objects around him
since his childhood over and over again with changing its scale, colour or the
texture of them. He has attempted many ways of installations to search other
combinations and perspectives of the artworks, however this time, he tries to use
the gallery space itself as a device to seek the new phase to see them.
The periods of the show are very short unfortunately, but it would be very much
appreciated if you could come and visit us to wander together with us in the
gallery to reach the new track.
installation views of “4 days for a flash”: 4 days for a flash
Period：28th August – 15th September, 2018
Closed on Sun, Mon, Public holidays
Luca COSTA “NAMIKOZO”
2 – 30 June, 2018
We are pleased to announce the solo show of the Argentine artist, Luca COSTA (b.1989) for the first time in Japan. Luca Costa is the imaginary artist made by the several Japanese artists. She/he has the eternal life, and so will keep on transforming her/his form and style of artworks according to the time and people she/he is related to. This is only the beginning of her/his artistic career, and it would be great if you could witness the moment of her/his endeavor.
IKEZAKI Takuya’s GBP
23 – 24 Mar, 2018
We are pleased to announce the solo show of IKEZAKI Takuya only for two days on 23rd, and 24th of March, 2018. IKEZAKI will be off to New York in the end of March, and will stay there for a year. The show introduces his recent and past works created in Japan, and you are welcome to meet and talk to the artist before he departs to US during the show.
16 Dec. 2017 – 27 Jan. 2018
Closed：23 Dec. 2017 – 15 Jan. 2018
Opening hour：12:00-19:00 (Closed on Sun, Mon, National holiday)
We will show the selected works of IKEZAKI Takuya, Makiko MASUTANI, and Chihiro MORI with the selection of books and catalogues of them released recently to peep their activities.
7 October – 11 November, 2017 (Closed on Sun. Mon. and public holiday)
We are pleased to announce the solo show of IKEZAKI Takuya “Beautiful ♡ World” starting from 7th October.
Opening reception will be held on the first day of the show, 7th Oct. from 18.00- 20.00. We look forward to seeing you.
24 June – 29 July, 2017 (Closed on Sun. Mon. and on 14, 15 July)
Luis Barragan called his own residence as the shelter of his heart. The word “Evacuation” suggests some kind of presentiment (happy).
The artist lives and works in Saga prefecture. He’s now working in the architectural industry there, as well as in the music field. It will be the first opportunity to introduce his overall activities includes his paintings.
Sat, 11 Feb > Sat, 25 Mar, 2017
(Closed on Sun, Mon, and National Holiday, also closed on 4 Mar, but will open on 19, 20 Mar instead.)
The event of “River-bar” will be held on 19, 20, and 22nd Mar. from 17-20pm with inviting the artists related guests (free access, you can see the show during the “River-bar”).
19th Mar., Sun.
Guest: Jun Tsunoda, Daijiro Ohara
Food: Yougashi Maugham (Futoshi Miyagi)
20th Mar., Mon.
Guest: Hanayo (artist), Kanie Naha (poet), Elena Tutatchikova (artist), Jun Tsunoda
22nd Mar. Wed.
Guest: Yuri Suyama (designer), Yu Nagashima (novelist), Naoko Nakui (book designer), Teppei Kaneuji
Drink: selected wines from Fukagawa Winery Tokyo, and more.