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We are pleased to announce the launch of Satoshi SOMEYA's solo exhibition "Uragaeritainotameni"  (For the longing to be inside-out). It is going to be our first opportunity to hold his solo exhibition at imura art gallery kyoto since 2 years. 

Someya has completed the Ph.D. program without dissertation at Kyoto City University of Arts this spring. He has been particularly spotlighted in recent years and has presenting his works at: "The Power of Decoration - A viewpoint on Contemporary Kogei," (The National Museum of Modern Art (Craft gallery), Tokyo) in 2009, at "Delicious Art in SATOYAMA," (Matsudai NOUBUTAI, Niigata) in 2010, at "Kan-hikari expo," (Entsuu-ji Temple, Nijo Castle, Kyoto) in 2010, "ZIPANGU," (Nihonbashi Takashimaya, Osaka Takashimaya, Kyoto Takashimaya), at "The new form of Japanese lacquer," (The Museum of Arts and Crafts, Itami, Hyogo) and at "Lacquer Festival, Aizu ~Yell for Tohoku ~," (Aizu-Wakamatsu city, Kitakata city, Fukushima) in 2011. 

Someya produces his art works by using a special dry-lacquer technique, building the base with clay, covering its surface with lacquer and borrowing motifs from the shape of objects or from the living. The artist's daily life and interests: letters, patterns and manga images, are drawn on the surface by Nishiki-e, one of the japanese decorative techniques of lacquer craft.

The decorations of Someya's works entertain the viewers' eyes by the modern sensitivity incorporated in the traditional lacquer's techniques and styles. Through the creation of these works, which are confronted the artist with the strict restriction of the time and with the environment of the medium, the artist has understood the possibility that his medium possesses. His works embodied various objects, such as lacquer bowl, sushi tray, bathroom chair, household Shinto shelf, rice, human's hair, branch, accessory etc., they all show Someya's unique esthetic sense and playful spirit. By all means, in the exhibiting space, in the way to show the works, in the titles of the pieces and the nuance of words, he presents his very own originality under the coherent theme of "decoration". The artist says that he has been trying to keep the feeling of "playing" with the lacquer while making works these days. He has been more conscious of the human body through the moist touch of lacquer feeling like that of a smooth skin, and he says he's started to perceive spots, scars and wrinkles on the "skin" as part of the decoration. The new works indicates the round lines of female bodies and of intertwining bodies, which give a sensual impression to the works. 

He has entitled the exhibition "For the longing to be inside-out". The artist has said "The act of creating works is like making myself inside-out and searching the inner self of me, it would be fun if I could create works that way. But I'm still in the middle of exploration. That is why the title is."    ―Satoshi Someya

Someya is also going to participate in ZIPANGU show, from the 28th of September to the 10th of October, 2011 at Kyoto Takashimaya.

period: 1 October [sat] - 29 October [sat] 2011
time: 11:00〜19:00 (closed on Sunday, Monday, National holiday)
venue: imura art gallery Kyoto

■Artist Talk, Reception
8 October [sat] 16:30-
Satoshi SOMEYA × Yoshihiro NAKATANI (Motorikyu-Nijo castle office, Curator)

More artist info: Satoshi SOMEYA


Satoshi SOMEYA Solo Exhibition "Uragaeritainotameni"
1 October [sat] - 29 October [sat] 2011
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