Current Exhibition

Ryogoku

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In Those Days
Chika Osaka, Naomi Okubo, Takumi Saito, PARK Aeri

May 21 (Sat), - June 25 (Sat), 2022

Open : Tuesday - Saturday  11am - 7pm / Closed on Sunday, Monday and National holiday

Chika Osaka

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Osaka Chika

The end is also everyone

2020

Acrylic, oil painting, colored pencils, linen, panel

116.7 x 80.3 cm

Chika Osaka was born in Tokyo in 1984 and completed the master's program at the Graduate School of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts in 2011. Since 2010, he has continued to hold solo exhibitions with themes, and has won numerous awards at the Shell Art Award Exhibition and VOCA Exhibition. It is stored in the museum and the Shanghai Peninsula Museum, and in addition to the exhibitions in Germany and Taiwan, the exhibition at the Museum Franz Gertsch, a private museum in Switzerland two years ago, was well received, and the place of activity is expanding dramatically. is.

From the beginning, Osaka was inspired by the performing arts that he was involved in when he was a student, and is a short story about the daily lives of various women, which can be said to be a passage of a novel he made in his work or a part of someone's diary. I have announced my work together with the text. Through his solo exhibitions, he has developed a drama as a motif, an actor as a person to draw, and a stage set as an installation according to the theme. Through the exhibition, he has created a group image drama and tried to express the reality in fiction. The text, which is a mixture of humor and irony, has been strongly resonated and sympathized with many women of the same generation as the writer, while being fiction. At the recently held solo exhibition, a masterpiece with a width of more than 5 m, consisting of multiple texts including sentences published with past works, was announced as a compilation of the past and was well received. In this exhibition, unpublished works from Japan that were presented at a solo exhibition in Taiwan will be exhibited.

Naomi Okubo

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Naomi Okubo

Endress Day

2022

Acrylic on cotton cloth and panel

80.3 x 65.2 cm / 31.6 x 25.6 inch

Naomi Okubo was born in Tokyo in 1985 and completed the master's program at Musashino Art University Graduate School in 2011. He was selected for the Shell Art Award Exhibition in 2005 and received the Tokyo Wonder Wall Award in 2007. Participated in the Asian Student and Young Artists Art Festival held in Seoul, South Korea, exhibited at A.STYALE Gallery (Hong Kong), Gallerie Christoffer Egelund (Denmark), ELSA GALLERY (Taiwan), and participated in the residence program in Sweden. , Held a solo exhibition. Later, the work was stored in the Hallands Konstmuseum, a Swedish museum. I stayed in New York from 2017 to 2019 under the Agency for Cultural Affairs' Overseas Training Program for Emerging Artists, and then continued to stay under the overseas training program of the Yoshino Gypsum Art Promotion Foundation, and returned to Japan in 2020.

From the beginning, Okubo has created works on the theme of delicate relationships with others, and has drawn the inside of a sensitive girl. By hiding his face with his own motif, he superimposes the viewer himself or a close woman on the girl in the work, and has gained a lot of sympathy regardless of nationality. The function, meaning, and relationship with society of decoration under the invisible social pressure of how to behave (pretend) while gaining the experience of connecting oneself and others in human relations. I have tried to make a cross section of modern society into a work while considering sex. Through various experiences and changing relationships with others, while deepening interest in themes with strong sociality, various problems are buried in society while keeping their delicate and vivid depictions. As you can see, Okubo's work does not directly express a strong message. However, the beautifully drawn decoration and the work in which multiple same people appear on the screen in a pattern sometimes provokes mysterious feelings and some anxiety to the viewer, giving the work two sides. I am. In last year's solo exhibition, while focusing on various contradictions and problems around him during his stay in the United States, he presented new works and installation works that give a glimpse of the current feeling of blockage and contradictions in a room surrounded by seemingly beautiful greenhouses and foliage plants. However, we are expanding the perspective of the work. In this exhibition, we plan to exhibit new and old works of the Birdcage series, which continues from the previous solo exhibition.

Takumi Saito

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Takumi Saito

I can't go home

2021

Oil, color pencil on canvas

130.3 x 97.0 cm / 51.2 x 38.1 inch

Takumi Saito was born in Tokyo in 1996. In 2018, I graduated from Musashino Art University, Faculty of Art and Design, Department of Japanese Painting, and in 2020, I completed the Master's Program in Japanese Painting Course, and since then I have held solo and group exhibitions in Tokyo.

In her work, the scenery seen in the park, playset, and after school, and the technique that the elementary school girl was familiar with the illustration in middle and high school, is drawn flat as it is, and one person looks somewhere far away. The child, the child playing with friends, the child with only the cropped legs in the picture, and the scenery as seen from the child's point of view are drawn in pale tones. While projecting her old self on the girl in the work, she says that she expresses the invisible emotions that she wants to keep, and although the innocence of a toddler cannot be seen from the girl's facial expression, she says, "I Was myself. " In my recent work, I try to record landscapes and events that give me clues so that I can remember that feeling and not forget it.

PARK Aeri

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PARK Aeri

Birth

2019

Etching, aquatint, lift ground

30.0 x 24.0 cm / 11.8 x 9.4 inch

Born in Tokyo in 1992 and raised in Gyeonggi-do, South Korea, Park Airi graduated from Musashino Art University, Faculty of Art and Design, Department of Oil Painting, Department of Printmaking in 2021. Selected for the 2017 "3rd Nami International Picture Book Illustration Contest" and the 2020 "Genkosha illustration 214th The Choice". In 2021, he was selected for the "5th Awagami International Mini Print Exhibition" and won the Excellence Award at the "8th Kanae Yamamoto Print Award Exhibition".

In South Korea, Park met a print press while attending a picture book vocational school and started making prints. From that time, Park started making works with the theme of his family. After graduating from Musashino Art University, he combined photographs of himself taken during his childhood and photographs of his grandparents who lived in Japan during and after the war, and while incorporating historical issues, he said, "My own. I am making works that seek "existence". In this exhibition, we are planning to exhibit "Birth" and "Inner Child", which were created while facing various questions, worried about "self-existence".