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This winter, imura art gallery is pleased to announce "Static," the first solo exhibition by artist Yukari Momoda in four years.

Yukari Momoda received the head judge's award at Tokyo Wonder Wall in 2008 and the Nippon Broadcasting Award (outstanding performance award) at the 30th Ueno Royal Museum Grand Prize Exhibition in 2012. Around 2008, Momoda's art focused on representations of the human form, but by 2013 it had transformed into abstract landscapes. Momoda comments that, ultimately she aims to merge the human figure with landscape scenes in some form. The remains, included in this exhibition, provides a glimpse of the artist exploring this aim.

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I have always been attracted to the way that time stands still in paintings. Since ancient times, paintings have acted as vessels for preserving the memory of past ages and the painter's perspective, and when confronted with one of these paintings, I feel as if I'm seeing time reflected back in condensed form.

Wanting to visualize 'time standing still' on the canvas in the form of a painting,
 I experimented by incorporating dynamic motifs into the static canvas as contrasting elements to make it more obvious that time is standing still in resulting painting. In my art, fluid paints and memories are dynamic images, while the canvas itself is a static motif. I interpret memories as dynamic entities because I believe that memories are a made-up, artificial world in which fragments of reality and preconceptions mix together, overlap, and are made to conform to our view of life over the passage of time, thereby forming the unique memories of each individual. In other words, I interpret things this way because I think that human memory is full of holes, like a strainer used to drain off water, and continually changing within our heads.

I attempt to visualize the fact that time stands still in paintings by painting it on my canvas. In so doing, I hope to pick up and recapture the time and intensity that has been unwittingly dropped by humankind, a creature that grows and evolves slowly but today lives in a society that prioritizes speed and efficiency.

                                                     Yukari Momoda

■Venue : The National Museum of Art, Osaka
■Period : November 3,2018 - January 20, 2019
■Artist : Etsuko Tashima

Imura art gallery is pleased to announce an autumn exhibition featuring the work of nihonga painter Natsunosuke Mise and ceramic artist Yui Tsujimura.

Both artists were born in Nara and belong to the same generation. Employing different media--painting and pottery--they both incorporate the unpredictability of nature as a key element in their work.

 

Mise makes full use of nihonga materials in paintings that convey the nature of Japan through indistinct yet dynamic compositions, into which he incorporates his own memories and modern motifs in intricate detail. "As I create each work, I am keenly aware that it will eventually return to the earth," he explains. One of his techniques is to mix copper powder into the medium and cover the painting with soil to age it, giving the work a patina with luster and colors that resemble a potter's glaze.

 

In contrast, Yui Tsujimura's pottery always has a natural ash glaze, which is produced in the kiln through chemical reactions between ash and clay. The combination of the blue-green glassy glaze and the ash that attaches to the surface of the pottery produces a landscape that no hand could paint. Fresh from the kiln, his ceramics seem to be melting--like sculptures, they brim with life as if they were living creatures.

 

Mise describes his art as occupying a place somewhere between nature and humanity. Tsujimura feels that producing pottery is a matter of him creating its form, and then patiently waiting for the natural finish provided by the clay and the fire. The two artists may use different media, but their underlying approaches have much in common.

 

Mise's new works in this exhibition, which were shown in a solo exhibition at Ohara Museum of Art's Yurinso villa in October, are an homage to Edo Period landscape painter Uragami Gyokudo.

 

Taken together, the works of Natsunosuke Mise and Yui Tsujimura communicate their unceasing efforts to make nature an integral part of their art.

Imura art gallery is pleased to announce "sign," its first solo exhibition in eight years by painter Chihiro Nagashima. Nagashima, who stems from Shizuoka Prefecture, won the Tokyo Wonder Wall Grand Prize in 2007, and has subsequently exhibited at art fairs outside Japan. In 2017, she held a solo exhibition in Kyoto at Kitano Tenmangu shrine. A young artist garnering much attention, she is very active with projects in Japan and abroad, including handling art direction for a brand of sweets. Rendered in minute detail in acrylic paint, Nagashima's art is lyrical, pop, and fantastic, but also abstractly depicts unease and absurdity. It evokes a mysterious world far beyond human understanding, The exhibition highlights a new work, ring, which vividly portrays the circle of life, drawing on sources such as the Wu Xing (Five Elements) from ancient China, Chinese and Norse mythology, the Chinese zodiac, and astronomy. This large painting is complemented by the artist's drawings. This is an opportunity to gain an appreciation of Nagashima's quest, using a light, airy style of painting, to approach human emotions and the essence of life that cannot be described in words.

sign
Culture and history, ethnic groups, and religions have employed and transformed all sorts of worldly scenes, forms, colors, and icons to represent images and ideas. Symbols have also been newly created to express something. Rooted close to the heart, they induce empathy and shared understanding on a fundamental level.
We use language for everyday communication, but when an attempt to express forms in words fails, we sometimes sense intrinsic nuances. Those nuances are often extremely important. At times like that, I want to capture the image that I see before me, painting it exactly as it appears to me. Realized with its form unchanged, the sign can come true.

-Chihiro Nagashima

We are pleased to announce an exhibition "Garden + Room" by the collaborative artists "Suna Fujita"( Shohei Fujita and Chisato Yamano) at two different galleries, Kou Kyoto and Imura Art Gallery.

At Kou Kyoto, we mostly present the collaborative works by Suna Fujita, as well as separated works by Shohei Fujita and Chisato Yamano. At Imura Art Gallery, we exhibit their installation work, which is well suited to the gallery space.

Fujita's works are made by glazing and firing clays, and elaborated by sharpening the surface of the layers of the glaze. This is the reason why his works look so delicate that they seem like being made of glass. On the contrary, Yamano's works are very unique, free, and humoristic, using motifs inspired by animals and plants.

According to their interview, they say there is a difference between creating vessels and objects. Vessels are created through thinking about how they are used in ordinary life, and objects, on the other hand, are created through imaging the space they will be displayed, because they think object works are completed only after being displayed.

The title "Garden + Room" came from the way their works are exhibited. Two different gallery spaces are named "Room"(Kou Kyoto) and "Garden"(Imura Art Gallery), one is at the 2nd floor of the inner part of a building in the city, the other is glassed-in and open space. We will be glad if you can enjoy the contrast of two exhibition which are presented in two different spaces.

Imura Art Gallery Kyoto is pleased to announce the opening of a solo exhibition of Ssdaharu HORIO.

Imura art gallery is pleased to announce a fifth exhibition of new works by Japanese Artist Hideki Kimura. "Translucency / skin - Squeegee Painting - " will juxtapose the latest and the chronological series from 1998 at once.

By creating Translucency skin on canvas, Kimura explores three-dimensionwise space in the new works. He delimits painting surface with an adhesive tape, squeezing acrylic medium which painted in the first place. 'Translucency skin shows ambiguity both visibility and invisibility of other side objects.', Kimura said.

Kimura received a high evaluation with "pensil series" in 1974 and won a prize of the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto of International Biennale Exhibition of Prints in Tokyo simultaneously. After that, he in turn got international prizes, having been one of the representative printmakers in Japan.

We hope you to have the opportunity to witness how his work will give a subtle sense.

Imura art gallery is pleased to announce Masaharu Sato's fifth solo exhibiton at the gallery. For this occasion, Masaharu Sato will release five new photo digital paintings.

'I divide one thing into two or consolidate two things into one. Then I trace photographs, which are replicated objects, to replicate them once again by drawing. These works are an attempt to express the intermediate structure between photographs and paintings which I have been working on recently', said Masaharu Sato for this exhibition. By increasing in the number of one thing, Sato represents unrealistic world, like boundary between a photograph and a painting with his own methods.

Masaharu Sato was born in 1973 in Oita, Japan. After graduating Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music in 2000 with MFA, he spent 10 years in Germany, developing his own animation technique, which traces both actual photos and video images precisely on the computer. Noteworthy, he consciously follow his own process to create it from beginning to end, like 'Trying to replicate objects just like images without exaggerating or leaving marks' as he describes.

This exhibition also presents at a satellite event of the KYOTOGRAPHIE 2015, International Photography Festival, April 18th (Fri)-May 10th (Sun).

Imura art gallery tokyo will present "Charcoal", a solo exhibition by Hideki Kimura.

Hideki Kimura is one of the leading print artists in Japan.  He had a strong debut with his highly acclaimed "Pencil" series in 1974, which received the National Museum of Modern Art Kyoto Award at the International Biennial Exhibition in Tokyo.  He also produces art works with glass and canvas as the medium.  This exhibition will showcase his latest print works from the "Charcoal" series, which he has been working on since 2012.

The production process of the "Charcoal" series is as follows:

First the full-scale picture of charcoal is printed onto Washi paper using an inkjet printer.  Then the picture will be printed on both sides of Washi paper by silk screen printing.  The Washi paper will then be partially scorched using a hot iron, slits are made, the paper is folded, and a three-dimensional (2.5 dimensional, if we borrow Kimura's word,) structure is built. 

"Charcoal" series, produced this way, goes beyond various borders:  the borders between the real things and the image of things, the front and the back, and the two dimensional and the three dimensional world.  This is Kimura's new approach in his persistent "experiment with flat surfaces".

 This is Kimura's first exhibition at Imura Art Gallery since 2011.  We hope you enjoy. 

Imura Art Gallery Tokyo presents 'Time Slice,' a solo exhibition by Yukari Momoda. In Momoda's works, vivid colors laid on canvas are impressive. Colors which do not exist in nature are layered to produce a space disconnected from the present time axis. Time stays still while 'memories' also stay still.

You might feel as if her works remind you of a landscape that you have seen before but you cannot remember where it is. Perhaps that is because Momoda paints as if to organize and document her own 'memories'.

We hope you will enjoy her first solo exhibition at Imura Art Gallery Tokyo.


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"I feel that the artists' life, the density of their minds, and the time they spent working on the pictures are concentrated and projected on the pictures produced by various people to this day. In recent years, humans as slow evolving and slow growing beings exist in a society where speed and efficiency are the top priority, and I become fascinated by time I found standing still in pictures. I also find the stillness of time within inorganic and artificial substances, and it intrigues me very much, because it seems to me that it could possibly have the power to preserve human 'memories' that would otherwise be muddled as time goes by.
I think expressing oneself is also a way of organizing one's memories. When I thought that I wanted to weave 'the stillness of time' into my works, I started aiming for the construction of collage-like space by the use of vivid colors which do not exist in nature and several different techniques on a single surface. It is my subjective view that artificial substances bring out the feeling that time is still, and it makes me feel the moment that I get disconnected from reality, and to preserve timeless space on canvas, I continue producing art works."

Yukari Momoda
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Imura art gallery tokyo presents "Group show: Sai Hashizume / Masaharu Sato / Takayoshi Tsuchiya".  This exhibition will showcase the major works by the aforementioned three artists, who present their recent works mainly at museums.  We hope you enjoy both the consistency and the diversity of each artist.

Sai HASHIZUME was born in Tokyo in 1980.  After graduating from the graduate school of Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music (Now Tokyo University of the Arts),  she moved to Berlin and then to Paris for further study.  She developed 'Red Shoes Diary' series out of the daily documentation of her own circumstance living and working in these European cities. After coming back to Japan in 2010, she presented 'After Image' series and 'innocence, ignorance and insanity' series, in which she questioned the Euro-centric way of arts.  Her works got highly acclaimed at 'Domani show' (The National Art Center, Tokyo) in 2013 in which her works before her stay in Europe to present were brought together for display.   This year, she participated in  'Nostalgia & fantasy show' (National Museum of Art, Osaka) and 'Takamatsu Contemporary Art ・Manual show '(Takamatsu City Museum of Art), and she also worked on the product design of Red B.A. line by the cosmetic company POLA.  She is one of the most up-and-coming young artists.   In this group show, her works before 'Red Shoes Diary' series will mainly be displayed, including some of her works made in 2003 while she worked on the book binding of "Utsukushii Tamasii" (Beautiful spirit) by Masahiko Shimada.

Masaharu SATO was born in Oita in 1973.  After graduating from the graduate school of Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music in 2000, he developed a unique artistic style while staying in Germany for ten years.  Sato's digital paintings are done by scanning photographs into the computer, tracing the outline and coloring them on the computer like oil paintings.  His works have distinctive air - they are not photographs while they look like photographs, they are paintings but they lack the matière(effect)  of paints.  Animations are produced by connecting the data of these digital paintings.  He had two solo exhibitions in 2013: 'Nine holes' at Kawasaki City Museum, Kanagawa, Japan and 'The Earthy Paradise - New horizons of Arts and everyday life- vol. 5 Masaharu Sato' αM, Tokyo, Japan.  This year, he had 'Everyday life/off the record' at KAAT Kanagawa Art theater studio, Kanagawa, Japan.  He also works internationally and this year, he sent some of his works to 'Duality of Existence - Post Fukushima' at Friedman Benda, New York.   In this group show, his digital paintings and animations produced since 2010 will be on display.

Takaya TSUCHIYA was born in Tokyo in 1974.  He graduated from the graduate school of Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music.  Since 1990s he has produced art works which stir up visual perception by edging into the daily environmental system in a quite simple way.  His works cover a variety of media and range from visual images to photographs, from flat to three dimensional to installation.  His latest attempt is the net art series.  In 2013, with the architect Kentaro Ataka, he presented 'Kino wa dokoe itta' (Where has yesterday gone?), an installation project and an attempt to actualize time and the transformation of a place, using renovation of imura art gallery tokyo as the subject.  He has been very active both inside and outside of Japan, and this year, he presented 'Uphill' at the entrance lobby of Yokohama Civic Art Gallery Azamino, participated in '1974 ni umarete' (Born in 1974)show at The Museum of Modern Art, Gunma, and also participated in International media art show 'File 2014' in Sao Paulo in August.  In this group show, his past works in a variety of media including three-dimensional works, photographs, and internet productions will be on display.

■Venue :The Museum of Ceramic Art, Hyogo
■Period : sat. 5 Jul. - sun. 24 Aug., 2014
■Artist : Etsuko Tashima

■Venue :The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Shiga
■Period : sun. 29 Jun. - sun. 28 Sep., 2014
■Artist : Etsuko Tashima

Imura art gallery tokyo proudly presents "Honto ‒ true- ", Sae Miyoshi's solo exhibition.

Sae Miyoshi's works are characterized by generously layered, dynamic oil paint in various colors, and their looming powerful existence. Their motifs are: contoured lines conjuring the image of body organs; symmetric shapes; mysterious forms both objective and abstract. Such motifs fill up the surface with colorful intensity.


Miyoshi describes her style as follows:
'I see "the truth as it is projected inside of my mind as the refined image" more important than "the truth
I cherish the former and I feel they need to be recorded.
They are the records of mishmash of the suddenly appearing, various images in daily lives, triggered by the flowing thought and five senses. Images such as the presence of human-like/animal-like existence, their '

The exhibition showcases her works since July 2013. We would invite you to experience the bold, abandon, and energetic world of "Honto".

Exchange of energy between people is an important concept in Sangsun BAE's works. she  discovered the invisible and amorphous "Aura" in the energy between people that is constantly changing its vector and force.

Unlike the sharp, ripping lines we see more in western arts, BAE's elegant lines are more Oriental and express the merging of the internal and external worlds.
Simple and refined lines she creates without relying on the effects of color combinations or innovative approach take us back to the true essence of basic drawings.

In her new works for this exhibition, rings drawn on jet black velvet material float and overwrap, as though trapping us in the world of perpetual intertwining (Over & Over).

Human interactions are becoming less and less close in the modern society. But BAE's art works remind us the value and revitalizing energy that "interactions with others" can bring. We hope that you can visit "Over & Over" and enjoy BAE's new works.

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Imura art gallery tokyo presents Natsunosuke Mise's solo exhibition "Vernacular Painting" from Saturday, May 24, 2014 through Sunday, June 15, 2014.  It is his fourth solo exhibition taken place at imura art gallery.

Natsunosuke Mise has been inquiring what "Japan" has become in "Japanese art" by applying  traditional Japanese art materials such as washi (japanese paper) and sumi (Japanese ink) combined freely with other materials and techniques including acrylic paint and collage, while mixing familiar motifs and historical motifs in his works.  After going through the period when he was mentally unable to produce art after witnessing The Great Hansin earthquake in 1995 in his home town in Nara, he relocated to Yamagata in 2009 and was teaching his juniors when The Great Earthquake of Eastern Japan hit.   These experiences put Mise in pursuit of something beyond arts driven by personal feelings without depending on his own physical sense and subjectivity as judgmental criteria while still relating to them, in order to survive in this unstable world.   Recently he has come to believe such contemporary arts could be archived through ethnological approach. 

(The following is quoted from Nastunosuke Mise's own text)

"I would like to make art derived from an individual, yet not self-referring, and more abstract, making it rather "our" art than "my" art.   The concept is that the art that I make is shared by everyone and becomes the cornerstone of various conversations."

"I suspect that I could open up the possibility of contemporary art through ethnological approach by paying a profound visit to a place, reading archives, and researching oral history.  It is rather like going back to when "art" was yet to be established, and different from projects to boost the local economy or local art projects.

Mise came up with the word "Vernacular Painting" as a medium of contemporary art through ethnological approach.

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"Vernacular" means "native" or "indigenous".  Modern concepts of vernacular mainly started from architecture.

According to Bernard Rudofsky's "The Prodigious Builders : Notes Toward a Natural History of Architecture with Special Regard to Those Species that are Traditionally Neglected Or Downright Ignored",   there are three characteristics to vernacular architecture :

<non-occupational nature>  related to anonymity due to the absence of architect or craftsman

<endemism>  due to environmental control suitable for the local climate and locally procured material

<extensity>  as cosmology enclosing magical and inhomogeneous body

This concept is stuck in my mind in producing and exhibiting lately and I have come to think that all these characteristics deny the image of artists born after the modern age.

It has been a long time since the relationship between the center and the frontier lost function.  I would like to think about the possibility of the arts after Great earthquakes using this word - vernacular as the keyword.

Natsunosuke Mise

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Natsunosuke Mise has held a major retrospective which started by the solo exhibition at  Aomori Contemporary Art Centre, Aomori Public University in April 2013, then traveled to The Hiratsuka Museum of Art (July  2013), Rias Ark Museum of Art (November  2013), Akino Fuku Museum (February 2014), Nara Prefecture Complex of Man'yo Culture (March 2014).  Please come see Natsunosuke Mise's new dimension.

Imura art gallery tokyo is very pleased to present the solo exhibition of Masaharu SATO " Portrait of Hiroko". Seven new digital paintings will be exhibited.
Masaharu Sato was born in 1973 in Oita, Japan. After graduating from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music in 2000 with MFA, he spent 10 years in Germany, during which period he developed a unique animation technique of tracing photographs. He spends most of his time making art in by tracing a picture on the computer.
He traces the pictures which he took with a video camera, of the street of Dusseldorf where he stayed, and of some of his friends from the school or from the part time job, on the computer, consistently following the same rules and steps, "trying to replicate the objects without exaggerating or leaving marks and such" as he describes.
Perhaps his action of replicating photographs and the resulting images that appear to replicate the real world could closely resemble the action and the images of looking for common ground between you and the society while recognizing the gap in between, such as the difference of languages and customs.
He continues to produce art works after returning to Japan in 2010, applying the technique of tracing photographs precisely yet keeping a certain distance from the objects, using various motifs involving different movement, scenery, and sight, such as children, stuffed rabbit and bear, fish cake factory for example.
The art works in this exhibition are very close to real images, it seems like a photo exhibition at first. However, when you notice that these works were made by elaborately tracing the objects while keeping a certain distance, our possessive view will be completely rejected. You could see the artist's intention to make the viewers to reconsider the nature of the objects by themselves by actively causing confusion. "Photo of a transvestite", the motifs selected by Sato for this show will surely bring more complexity to the viewers' confusion. We hope you enjoy the exhibition of Masaharu Sato.

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Imura art gallery tokyo is proud to present Yoshimi Miyamoto's solo exhibition, "CANON".

Yoshimi Miyamoto, is depecting the world of the living, bringing a unique light, in her quasi monochromatic composition. The artist's drawings of vivacious flowers submerged, are reminding the dead flowers that, once overwhelmed in the water, acquire a new chance to live. Concerning her portraits, they have been selected by the artists, amongst the wide amount of images that produced the consumption society, for the melancholic expression that can be find somehow in these women faces.

Everything that lives and die, it's what the artist invites us to consider. When depicting the death, Miyamoto is bringing her model to life. She's showing what has disappeared, the shadow of a moment that is not anymore. Together with the flowers, the illusion of the artist's standard (Canon), fixed on the canvas, spread the idea of an invisible world.

We look forward to see you at the first exhibition in Tokyo of Yoshimi Miyamoto, an artist born and currently living in Kansai area.

Imura art gallery tokyo proudly presents the solo exhibition of Ai Ryumon,"Kiku to Sakana (Chrysanthemum and Fish)."

Through her artwork, Ai Ryumon (born in Okayama in 1984) depicts her own view of the world by incorporating her modernized sense about our daily life into the images of formalized Japanese tradi- tional culture. Ryumon's art works and her precise and unconventional images challenge the fuzzy sense of the world that we hold as we live in modern Japan.

This exhibition entitled"Kiku to Sakana (Chrysanthemum and Fish)"is the first solo exhibition of Ai Ryumon to be held at imura art gallery tokyo.
Her works serve as homage to the famous book,"Kiku to Katana (The Chrysanthemum and the Sword: Patterns of Japanese) by the late Ruth Benedict, an anthropologist and a scholar of Japanese studies. These pieces will be exhibited with the"sight-seeing series"initiated in 2010, where Ryumaon, who currently lives in Japan, depicts Japan as seen from an outsider's view through her deep perception of our life and culture and using her witty and creative touch of art.

We will be looking forward to your visit to Ai Ryumon's first solo exhibition in four years. 

Imura Art Gallery Tokyo presents Takeshi Tanaka's Solo Exhibition, "Let's Begin the Tales of the Night."

Tanaka's work poses a question about the terms "Japanese painting." To explain the point of his art, he often quotes Hishida Shunso's remark: "I believe that the day will come when all the works by Japanese people will be considered as "Japanese paintings", as those created by the Japanese, based on japanese ideas", for the artist also, it is important to continue to create what he strongly believes as being "the authentic Japanese painting".

In his representative work series, the "Sixteen Erotic Figures (十六恥漢図)", a woman obsessed by her sexual desire shows a symbolic gesture of mudra with her hands while plants and flowers taken from the copies of Kano style paintings are scattered around her. In this manner, Tanaka transforms his paintings to modern pieces, grounded in the Western painting approach, while inheriting the traditional expressions of Japanese paintings.

At this exhibition, Tanaka's works created in the theme of desire of the night as well as some new works including the "Sixteen Erotic Figures" series will be exhibited. In the darkness of the night when one's earthly desires surface, how would a human face his or her own desires? In a late winter's night, we wish that you could immerse yourself in the world of the night depicted by Tanaka as you listen to your own tales of the night.

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