Past Exhibition

Shuhei Ise | Chasing Me/You Gone By: Part 2

2 December - 20 January, 2024

Venue : Takuro Someya Contemporary Art

  • Shuhei Ise, Diagram of, 2022-2023, oil on canvas, (H)41×(W)31.8 cm

  • installation view, photo by Shu Nakagawa

  • installation view, photo by Shu Nakagawa

  • installation view, photo by Shu Nakagawa

  • installation view, photo by Shu Nakagawa

  • installation view, photo by Shu Nakagawa

  • installation view, photo by Shu Nakagawa

Takuro Someya Contemporary Art is pleased to announce Shuhei Ise’s upcoming solo exhibition Chasing Me/You Gone By: Part 2, opening on Saturday, December 2, 2023. This exhibition is Ise’s first solo exhibition at TSCA in roughly four years following Mere painting (2020) and is the second part of Chasing Me/You Gone By (2022), held at Colloquium, an artist-run space in the city of Sendai in which Ise is himself involved.

In this exhibition, Ise presents paintings with horizontal compositions, rarely seen in his previous work, as well as a reconfiguration of works from Group Show of Contemporary Artists 2023: Intersection of Paintings (Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum). Through these works, Ise, who says, “A work is complete once I am convinced that the cycle of images is unending,” reveals new developments in his practice. As the “field” through which to search for the grounds of this exhibition titled “Part 2,” these paintings make viewers aware of the active gaze latent within themselves.





To self
 A manifestation of the intimate self.
 It is to find yourself hung out, neither the self you know well nor the self for others.

To create
 If I/you don’t paint it, I/you don’t know, and if I/you don’t, it’s as if it doesn’t exist.
 It must not be by chance. Looking back, I should know that I came in my footsteps.
 The inactive brush. Brush that should have been and could have been, free from purpose.
 To the state of fulfillment of the potential to develop.

To contemplation
 Freedom to Image/Resistance to Image
 It cannot die. It can be killed. Both player and viewer.
 If I/you don’t see it, I/you don’t know, and if I/you don’t, it’s as if it doesn’t exist.

To something
 Seeing or painting would be the liberation of an individual’s life.
 Something that is not a decision. A detachment from the will. Set it as a playground, consciously.
 It is collected while the senses are manifested, while the words are lost.


Shuhei Ise






Shuhei Ise

Born in 1986 in Yamagata Prefecture. Painter. Received an MFA from the Tokyo University of the Arts Graduate School of Fine Arts in Painting (Oil Painting Technique and Material) in 2013 and a PhD from the same university in Fine Arts (Research Area: Oil Painting) in 2017.

Major solo exhibitions include Group Show of Contemporary Artists 2023 | Intersection of Paintings, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo (2023), Chasing Me/You Gone By, Colloquium, Sendai (2022), THE SHARK, Goethe-Institut Japan, Tokyo (2021), It’ll be a frosty Friday, 3F, Tokyo (2021), Mere Painting, Takuro Someya Contemporary Art, Tokyo (2020), Between figure and contour, 3331 Arts Chiyoda, Tokyo (2019).

Since April 2022, Ise has been involved in the co-management of the artist-run space Colloquium in Sendai. So far, Colloquium has organized a wide variety of events, including exhibitions of artists with connections to the region, traveling video exhibitions in collaboration with six off-site locations around the world, events to exhibit and sell zines, and music events. In each of these projects, a round table has been held to bring together the artists leading the initiative with other participants. These activities aim to create a space where participants can express their independence freely through the exchange of dialogue and have greatly impacted Ise’s own practice.





Shuhei Ise | Chasing Me/You Gone By: Part 2
Exhibition Period: Saturday, December 2, 2023 – Saturday, January 20, 2024
Winter Holiday: Thursday, December 26, 2023 – Monday, January 8, 2024
Open: Tue-Sat, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 
Closed: Sun, Mon and National Holidays


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