Drawing: Manner | Kenjiro Okazaki, Enrico Isamu Ōyama, Aya Kawato, Hideki Makiguchi, Goro Murayama
20 April - 25 May, 2019
Venue : Takuro Someya Contemporary Art
Kenjiro Okazaki (b. 1955, Tokyo):
Artist, Critic, Visiting Professor of Musashino Art University. He lives and works in Tokyo.
Kenjiro Okazaki is a Japanese visual artist whose works span over several genres, including painting, sculpture, as well as landscape and architecture. Many of his works have been featured in public collections throughout Japan and in various exhibitions around the world. In 2002, Okazaki was selected as the director of the Japanese pavilion of the International Architecture Exhibition in Venice Biennale. His work includes a collaborative performance ‘I Love my Robot’ with the choreographer Trisha Brown, that premiered in early 2007. He received the Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship from the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (HMSG) in 2014.
Okazaki is also extremely active as a theoretician and critic, and is the author and co-author of several books, including Renaissance: Condition of Experience (Bunshun Gakugei Library, 2015） featuring his analysis of Filippo Brunelleschi, and Abstract Art as Impact: The Concrete Genealogy of Abstract Art (Akishobo, 2018）which received the Minister of Education Award for Fine Arts in 2019.
Aya Kawato (b. 1988, Nara):
Aya Kawato was born in Nara in 1988. Along with her family she later moved to Kyoto, where she grew up. Influenced by her father, who is a neuroscientist, she was exposed to the truth that we grasp this world through our brain. After studying traditional Japanese textile in Kyoto, she moved to Tokyo to study at Tokyo University of the Arts, where in she participated in an exchange program at École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-arts in Paris After returning to Tokyo, she further went on to complete the master’s program in Intermedia Art in 2014. She is currently a doctoral candidate at the same university. In line with the research theme of “Controlled and Uncontrolled,” she has been focusing to create abstract grid paintings. In these paintings, she combines the knowledge and expertise that she has gained through her background in Japanese traditional textile with the discoveries of the latest neuroscientific studies. She received many awards, including the Grand Prix at Rêver 2074, the art competition co-hosted by COMITÉ COLBERT and Tokyo University of the Arts in 2017, and the Tomio Koyama Prize at 11th Tagboat Award in 2016. Also, her work is included in the collection of CHANEL K.K.
Hideki Makiguchi (b. 1985, Sapporo):
Makiguchi is a Tokyo-based artist whose photographs exude a powerful sense of existence despite the absence of people in their respective environments. After graduating from Tama Art University in 2009, he obtained his master’s degree in Intermedia Art from the Tokyo University of the Arts in 2011.
Makiguchi’s solo exhibitions to Date are Back is always the void at VACANT (2010, Tokyo) and Quiet, Unlimited, Close to Nothing, Invisible Place at LIQUIDROOM (2012, Tokyo). In 2015, Makiguchi participated in TSCA’s exhibition In the Beginning, Silence was Always Silence with Elena Tutatchikova. That same year, he also partook in IMA gallery’s group exhibition STEP OUT! New Japanese Photographers.
Through the aesthetic of “silence,” viewers of Makiguchi’s works are reminded of the stillness of photography and how photographs act as a miniature monument—revealing something initially invisible to the eye in his seemingly ordinary landscapes.
Goro Murayama (b. 1983, Tokyo):
Ph.D. (Fine Art) Live and works in Tokyo.
2015-17, Program of Overseas Study for Upcoming Artists sponsored by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, the Japanese government [University of Vienna, Global World/ Intercultural Philosophy, visiting researcher]. 2015, Tokyo University of the Arts, Ph.D., Oil Painting. 2010-2011, University of the Arts London, Chelsea College of the Arts and Design, MA fine arts course (Exchange).
Enrico Isamu Ōyama (b. 1983, Tokyo):
Ōyama lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, United States.
After attending MFA at Tokyo University of the Arts in 2007-09, he named the motif Quick Turn Structure, and has positioned his practice in the midst of contemporary art and street culture. He has authored the book Against Literacy: On Graffiti Culture, edited the special issue on aerosol writing for Japanese art magazine Bijutsu Techo, and undertook collaboration with brands such as Comme des Garçons and Shu Uemura.
Ōyama stayed in New York for 6 months in 2011-2012 as a grantee of Asian Cultural Council. Since then, he lives and works in New York, being active both as an artist and a critic linking contemporary art and street culture at multiple levels. His first museum solo exhibition Ubiquitous: Enrico Isamu Ōyama was held at Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art (Kansas, US) in 2017.
Rafaël Rozendaal (b. 1980, the Netherlands):
Coined a pioneer in the net art scene, Rozendaal is a Dutch-Brazilian artist who uses the internet as both his studio and canvas. While he initially gained global prominence from his websites, Rozendaal has creatively utilized the internet—“the universal library”—to transcend these digital works into the physical world, be it his lenticular paintings, tapestries, and web installations.
In 2018, Rozendaal held his first solo museum exhibition GENEROSITY Towada Art Center in Aomori Prefecture, Japan. Currently, his “Abstract Browsing” tapestry series—which has been acquired by the Whitney collection—is included in Whitney Museum of American Art Programmed: Rules, Codes and Choreographies in Art, 1965-2018 until April 14, 2019.
Exhibition Period: Saturday, April 20 – Saturday, May 25, 2019
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 20 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
TERRADA Art Complex 3F TSCA 1-33-10 Higashi-Shinagawa Shinagawa-ku Tokyo 140-0002 Japan
Open: Tue, Wed, Thu and Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m./ Friday 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Closed: Sun, Mon and National Holidays