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We are pleased to announce Takashi Hinoda's solo exhibition 'Alternative Muscles ' at imura art gallery kyoto.

Takashi Hinoda, born in Kobe in 1968, works and lives in Kyoto. He is graduated from Osaka University of Arts (Major in ceramics) in 1991. Currently, he teaches at Kyoto Saga University of Arts.

Takashi Hinoda has created his ceramic works using a graphic and characters inspired by Japanese manga and American comics. Between 2004 and 2005, Hinoda began experimenting the two-dimensional space on the surface of his three-dimensional forms. He uses a unique style of drawing and vivid colors, skillfully manipulating self-adhesive sheets. The three-dimensional forms intersect and co-exist with the two-dimensional expression on their surface.

Hinoda refers to his world as "2.5 dimensions." In it, the viewer move back and forth between real and virtual with the feeling that something strange is occurring in the encounter with these eccentric forms. The installation made by Hinoda is also remarkable. He creates the space by cutting and putting self-adhesive sheets, like his works, on the wall, the floor and the ceiling . It seems like the graphic and the lines are getting out from the surface of his works.
Hinoda's works and his installation have been appreciated in Japan, Asian countries, U.S. and in Europe.

In this exhibition at imura art gallery kyoto, we present about 6 new works. Hinoda will show to the audiences his original vision of the shape of the body in the future yet unknown.

This is his the second solo show at our gallery since 2009.
This solo show will be presented also at imura art gallery tokyo from 6 August to 3 September, 2011.


Ever since a life came to be on this planet, it continued to metamorphose its body figure in parallel with the surrounding environment.
However, the system of the environment collapsed as human beings had started to dominate the environment and distorting its nature. It seems to me that none of our bones, skin or muscles of our own body are able to follow this rapid change.
Yet one musician said ‒ as a response to a question about the music of 21st century - as follows-,
"We, as human beings, are just at the stage of primitive. And just as we develop new muscles by accepting changes, we are to transform ourselves through a long period of discipline."
Would that transformation be an unprecedented mutational change?
Or something major that would conquer the traditional ethics?
Either way there is no doubt that it will be as drastic as the transformation of when the first fish landed and walked on earth.
Where would we be when this transformation occurs? Will we still be on earth?
Seeing all the difficulty we, human beings, are having to remain as one kind as now, the vision of divided paths is flitting in my head.
Takashi HINODA



[ Artist's Upcoming schedule ]

◎Solo exhibition "Alternative muscles"@imura art gallery tokyo 
2011. 8. 6. sat. - 9. 3. sat. *Summer holidays 2011. 8. 12. fri. - 8. 16. tue.

◎Group exhibition
"New Millennium Japanese Ceramics: Rejection Labels & Embracing Clay" @Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, U.S.A. 2011.9. 23. fri. - 11. 6. sun.
http://www.northernclaycenter.org/

imura art gallery is pleased to present "Taro Yamamoto Exhibition - the classics cherry".
His last exhibition in Kyoto was held two years before this one. 

Nippon-Ga is the Art that expresses the present situation of Japan the most directly. It's an art using the traditional Japanese painting's techniques. It is important to precise that Taro Yamamoto draws "NipponGa" which is different from "Nihonga (Japanese traditional painting)". "NipponGa" is restructuring Nihonga with a modern point of view. In Nippon-Ga, Taro Yamoto defends an Art that hold in a Japanese traditional type of humor and that is called "KAIGYAKU". 

In recent years, Yamamoto  brought in his pieces of art some elements of narrative to his works. Narrative - means that it is not his own experience nor creation that he represents, it refers to Japanese classical literature. In classical literature, there are many things considered as universal in human life. On the other hand, we can see peculiar character that culture and thought of different period have piled up as a strutam by repeated quotation. Nowadays we can find many classic paintings fundamentally based on such classical literature also called "waka"(classic Japanese poem). This exhibition -the classics- has traveled around Nagoya, Tokyo, Kanazawa in 2010. 

Soon will be held the exhibition -the classics- at imura art gallery Kyoto. The subtitle chosen is - cherry- in reference to his recent works. Two large pieces of art which took their motif from Noh song「Sakuragawa」and「Sumidagawa」, will be presented together with new works. One of them, entitled 「Yuuraku under cherry blossom 」, depicts a scene of "ohanami"(cherry blossom viewing) from the famous story "the Tale of Genji".

We will be pleased to entertain you with classical literature and "NipponGa" appearing together in the Art of Yamamoto.

Imura art gallery is pleased to present "Yoshimi MIYAMOTO's exhibition - Immortal plant-".

Yoshimi MIYAMOTO, born in 1981 in Fukuoka, has been graduated from Kyoto City University of Arts, with a master degree, in 2008. 


In 2010, she was nominated for Maeda Kanzi Prize Exhibition, which was founded to highlight the artists that explore the possibilities of realism. She will participate in the group exhibition ARTISTIC CHRISTMAS vol.Ⅳ at Shinjuku Takashimaya in December 2010.

She paints "seraine" and beautiful plants over monochromes, expressing a feeling of lightness and creating a fantastic and beautiful world. She used to paint from photos of pressed and bleached flowers.  The beauty of a flower is its shape, color and fragrance, but she has removed those beauties by making it a "pressed flower" and a "dried flower". Now, she put dried flowers in water and take photos of them, from which she paints her works.  

Considering the facts that life has a beginning, and always an end and that the life of a flower is particularly short, the artist wants to go against the death and to keep the flower in a form that will not change with time. So she changes fresh flower to dried flower or pressed flower. She catches the instant of perfect beautifulness of the plants, while they are wavering in a particular light underwater, by taking photos of them and then painting them with a delicate graded wash.



Artist Statement

When I design No.300, the image of Virgin Mary in the Louvre crossed my mind.  The centered petal is shining white and surrounded by defocused black petals and stems.  This picture reminds me of the Virgin Mary painted in the center and wriggling people around her.  The image I intend to create is free activities of living organisms.  It is like dancing flower petals. It is pulsation.  It is enthusiastic dance.  But time stops and sinks under the water.  I express the former by sketching and the later by gradation from white to black.  Many stems are painted in my works.  The reason of this is still unknown.

Yoshimi MIYAMOTO

We are pleased to announce Hideki Kimura's solo exhibition at imura art gallery kyoto.

Hideki Kimura, born in Kyoto in 1948, works in Kyoto and lives in Shiga. He has completed a M.A at Kyoto City University of Arts. He was major in oil painting and printmaking, in 1974.  Currently, he is a professor at Kyoto City University of Arts.

Hideki Kimura has developed his technic as a printmaker and led Japanese prints domain since 1970's, especially in Kansai area. The artist has had many important solo and group exhibitions in Japan and abroad since 1970's, including in the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, in Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art or in the Cleveland Art Museum, Ohio (U.S.A). His works have been acquired, as public collection, by many museums in Japan and abroad including, the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo and Kyoto, the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Japan and the Victoria & Albert Museum, London (UK). The artist has received many prizes for his contribution on the developement of Japanese prints, including the 'National Westminster Bank Prize', The 9th British International Print Biennale, in 1986, the 'Medal Prize', at The 11th International Print Biennale, Krakow, (Poland) 1986 or 'The 21th Kyoto art Culture Prize' at Kyoto Chuo Shinkin Bank Foundation, 2008.

This is the fourth solo exhibition of the artist at imura art gallery Kyoto, since 2007. The artist will present about 12 new works painted with acrylic on glass.  The exhibtion is including a big work of 120x120cm and 16 works of 30*30cm.



Artist Statement

"It is an experiment with the transparent support of painting...it means with the glass. I think that it is disappearing, nothing...it is to say the transparency which is the finish point of the modern painting, its terminal point and an infinite task at the same time... I'm pursuing if I could see the other side of the transparency... creatively using the material(including acrylic) which is transparent, semi-transparent and opaque."

Hideki Kimura

imura art gallery is proud to present Natsunosuke MISE's solo exhibition 'Hijiori-gensō (Hijiori-fantasy)'.

Natsunosuke MISE was born in 1973 in Nara, he lives and works in Yamagata and currently teaches in the Tōhoku University of Art and Design.

He has developed the 'Nihon-ga (Japanese painting)' using sumi (black ink) and gofun (oyster shell powder) on Japanese paper by adding sometimes metal powder, metal leaf and fragments of printed matter. His works can reach over three meters of width, the size depending on the exhibition space.

He has received various awards like: The Gotoh new comer's prize of art by The Gotoh Memorial Foundation in 2006. Thanks to the grant of this award, he has spent a year in a residence program in Firenze (Italy). In 2009, he was rewarded with the VOCA Prize which is dedicated to the best emerging painters.
His solo and group show in Japan and abroad (Taipei, Shenzhen, Dresden), together with the prices he obtained, shown that he is an appreciated and recognized artist.
Recently he has developed his potential as a curator, organizing an experimental exhibition in his actual basement, in Tohoku.

In this exhibition, will be shown his wide screen works (162x845cm) and amongst them 'Hijiori-gensō (Hijiori-fantasy)' painted in 2009. This work was inspired by 'Hijiori-onsen ', a hot spring in Yamagata which is 1200 years old.

In the end of October, he will have a solo show at imura art gallery Tokyo, our new space.
This time, he will show some new works, full of colors and completely different from the Kyoto pieces.

31 Kawabata-higashi Marutamachi
Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, 606-8395 Japan
Open    : Tuesday-Saturday / 12:00 - 18:00
Closed : Sundays, Mondays, National Holidays
(*Except during exhibition preparation periods and permanert exhibition)

Tel : 075-761-7372
Fax :075-761-7362
E-mail : info@imuraart.com

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