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Takashi Hinoda Solo Exhibition

25 Nov Sat.- 23 Dec Sat,2017

opening Reception&Book signing:Saturday,November 25 17:00-
Talk:Makiko Martel-Sakakmoto,Takashi Hinoda

Imura art gallery is pleased to announce "Society of Peers," an exhibition by Takashi Hinoda.

In the two years since his last exhibition at the gallery, Hinoda's international reputation has continued to grow, and he has participated in many group exhibitions, including art museum shows in France, China, and Indonesia. This solo exhibition largely comprises new works in which he explores a new form of sculpture. His painted imagery has become even more complex. He has not abandoned sculptural characteristics such as the creation of splits, but the most striking characteristic of the artist's new work is that the cutting sheet he used as an element of spatial composition, and the katakana characters and patterns he used in 2-dimensional images on the surface of a 3-dimensional work, are now realized in 3-dimensional solid forms.

A society that respects only consensus and peer conformity generates exclusion, becoming filled with a sense of being penned in. That sense runs through the new works like a continuous base line, explains Hinoda. This group of works seems to manifest hidden frustrations, anger, and waves of welling-up emotions. To convey the transformation in Takashi Hinoda's work, the spatial composition of the exhibition includes both 3-dimensional and 2-dimensional works.

Society of Peers
Living in a world overshadowed by the spread of populism and the violence that is linked to it, we have to ask whether there is anything we can do in such a situation to improve the world even just a little. The answer to that question lies in thinking about how to accept and live in harmony with people who are different (not like you). We live in a society where there is silent pressure to conform with our peers in all things by diligently reading the signs around us. [MJ1] What is most lacking in this situation is probably thinking about others and applying our imagination and the power of language to them. Japanese uses the term "kotodama" to describe a spirit believed to be invoked by the use of words, but the words that we speak and write (or otherwise input) today are increasingly losing their deep resonances and their ability to stir or shake something fundamental.

One series of works in this exhbition runs counter to the current tendency to chase darkness and inconvenience out of our living environment, as exemplified by convenience stores operating 24 hours a day. These are works that feel like looking at the darkness in yourself or at something for which you cannot find a rational explanation. Alongside them is another series of scuptured forms that give actual shape to written characters, focusing on the pronunciations or sounds and the meanings associated with them. Through this series I also felt that I was returning to the culture of graffiti that is one of the long-standing influences on my work. Spaces tagged by graffiti artists represent an encounter between public and private, Whether you like it or not, the act of creating such graffiti is a form of expression that simultanteously occupies a space to a certain extent and sounds off (or in other words, causes injury to someone). Thinking about that ambiguity also links to the current group of works

Takashi Hinoda

31, Kawabata Higashi Marutamachi, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, 606-8395, Japan
Tel:+81-75-761-7372 Closed: Sunday, Monday, & National holidays


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Hideyuki Igarashi
“Overflowing pigments,
The intersecting points.“

9 Dec.Sat.2017 - 21 Jan.Sun,2018
Reception; 9 Dec.Sat. 17:00-19:00
Winter Holidays:27 Dec.Wed.2017 - 9 Jan.Tue,2018

Tel:+81-75-950-5230 Closed: Monday, Tuesday & National holidays

eN arts

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Katsuyuki Shirako
Shingo Tanaka
Keisuke Matsuda

3 Nov.Fri.– 9 Dec.Sat.2017
opening reception:3.Nov.Fri.18:00-20:00
open on Fri., Sat., & Sun. 12:00 - 18:00
appointments are available on weekdays

November 2017 marks the 10th anniversary of the opening of the eN arts gallery. All of us at the eN arts would to take this occasion to thank all those who have visited our gallery, who have supported us in our quest to present wonderful artists, and who have allowed us to present their works. We look forward to your continued support and advice.

To celebrate our 10th anniversary, eN arts will be presenting a group exhibition, “UNITED”, to present the works of Katsuyuki Shirako, Shingo Tanaka, and Keisuke Matsuda. We hope that you do not miss this opportunity to see the works of these three artists.

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My works in, of themselves, do not possess particular meaning. Rather, they simply exist, incorporating multiple impressions from my mind.

Katsuyuki Shirako

Born in 1984 in Shiga Prefecture, Japan. Katsuyuki Shirako graduated from Kyoto City University of Arts with MFA in Japanese Lacquer in 2010.

Shirako uses Japanese cypress (hinoki), oak (nara), basswood (shina) to form sculptures onto which he applies finest pigments and lacquer. His works are generally categorized into five series – ASSEMBLE, CONNECT, SCATTER, SCRIBBLE, and JUGGLE. (Please refer to the descriptions of each series on the next page.)

Shirako never ceases his search for beauty, possessing his own determination in his everyday life that goes beyond the creation of the works in these series. He attempts to crystalize his sense of beauty by using motifs from the natural world into all genres -- Ceramic Arts, Lacquerware, Painting, Sculpture, Photography. Setting all focus on the inherent, natural beauty of his works, he does not incorporate “meaning” into them. He would rather take a neutral stance that allows beauty itself take one’s breath away.

What it means for humans to use fire. I create works employing the transformations born by applying fire to diverse materials.

One would think that this process is simple and straightforward.

Irrespective of shape or form, I combine various materials and then burn them. In some works I will burn once again the collapsed remnants of the original composite. I will repeat this process over and over again. Paper turns to ash; materials burn to pieces: steel bends and warps; and PVC melts before being reduced to a liquid.

As I continue going through this process, I sometimes lose track of what I am doing. I cannot figure out if the actions are “destroying” or “creating” or “drawing” or “reducing”.

But as something does take a form, to say that something is “being created or made” is correct even if until that point the underlying actions are always regeneration and destruction until a form is achieved. Destruction is not taking place alone. Nor is creation taking place alone. Both are happening simultaneously.

I must constantly ask myself of my own choices while embracing the contradictions of “destroying while creating” and “creating while destroying”.

Nothing is certain. Nothing can be stated unequivocally. To affirm ambiguity.

I still do not have the appropriate language to describe the final product built up by the repetition of this process, but I know that the works first engage the viewer’s imagination to allow the eyes to see something there. Thus, the interaction with such works creates the possibility of expression and discussion.

Shingo Tanaka

Tanaka Shingo was born in 1983 and is a graduate of Kyoto Seika University Graduate School of Arts. From even before entering his studies, Tanaka has continuously focused on the theme of “fire”, using flames as a material, a method, and as a tool. As an artist exploring “fire” from different perspectives, he ventures back and forth in the narrow area between the act in which people control fire in “burning” or “melting” and the space “burning” and “melting” in which human guidance does not occur as he creates new works.

The “trans” in Tanaka’s first series of works “trans” was the transformation of many layered blocks of paper upon being burned, producing works that far exceeded expectations in beauty as the outer layers burned and transformed to carbon and ashes. From the “trans” series, Tanaka progressed through the “overlap”, “HEAT”, and “Quivering Boundary” series before circling back to “re:trans”. In the “re:trans” series, Tanaka combines dissimilar types of scrap materials and wood wastes before burning the combined forms with open flames in order to lay open the depth of the layers of the various materials and types of combustion and thereby produce works of surprising complexity.

In the “wrap” series, Tanaka employs steel plates, to which he applies flames under identical conditions such as, for example, applying a burner at specific locations for five seconds each, and repeating that process again and again. In this series, despite the reality that Tanaka is putting additional emphasis on his control of the creative process, he is demonstrating that his plans will be bent and warped just as the steel is bent and warped by the natural phenomenon of fire. With this approach, a totally unexpected “strange unbalance” from the phenomenon of applying heat is created that overwhelms completely the artist’s expected results.

What appears is only what people want to see; and, as the world changes depending on the language one uses, there must be a world that can be seen as just from the language of paintings. That is what I am trying to put directly on the canvas.

For that reason, I use the existence of everything as a hint. From there, I believe it is possible to use the language of paintings to be aware of the world and in turn create a work.

Keisuke Matsuda

Born in 1984, Matsuda graduated from the Kyoto City University of Arts with MA in Painting and lives and works in Kyoto. In 2014, Matsuda was awarded the opportunity to have a solo show at the Tokyo Wonder Site as one of 19 prize-winning artists chosen from among 1,000 young artists. ( And in 2017 , Matsuda was recommended by Hirokazu Tokuyama (the curator of Mori Art Museum) to exhibit three new paintings at VOCA 2017 (the Vision Of Contemporary Art) presented by The Ueno Royal Museum.

Although it is tempting to think of Matsuda’s works as simple abstraction, they are actually just the opposite. “I paint the images as they appear before my eyes.” In other words, his works are painted as the artist sees them. Matsuda paints, without hesitation in bold strokes and colors, as the images appear in the eye of his mind, as quickly as possible before they fade away.

Maruyama Park, Gioncho Kitagawa,Higashiyama-ku Kyoto 605-0073 Japan
Tel:+81-75-525-2355 Open:Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Kyoto Art Center

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Culture City of East Asia 2017 Kyoto
“Asia Corridor Contemporary Art Exhibition ”

19 Aug.Sat.– 15 Oct.Sun.2017
Venue: Kyoto Art Center, Nijo Castle (Nijo-jo)

Xijing Men Kusama Yayoi
Horio Sadaharu + On Site Art Squad KUKI
Imamura Hajime Nakahara Kodai Mishima Ritsue
Yanagi Miwa Ito Zon Miyanaga Aiko
Hanaoka Nobuhiro Hisakado Tsuyoshi
Tanizawa Sawako hyslom
Nakamura Yuta + Tanimoto Ken
Kimsooja Choi Jeonghwa Oh Inhwan
Ham Kyungah mixrice Hyon Gyon
Cai Guo-Qiang Yang Fudong
Lu Yang He Xiangyu Tao Hui

Contemporary Art Exhibition at UNESCO World Heritage Site Nijo Castle and Kyoto Art Center!

Asia Corridor Contemporary Art Exhibition will take place at Kyoto Art Center (Registered Tangible Cultural Property) and Nijo Castle (the UNESCO World Heritage Site) this summer as part of a three-nation project Culture City of East Asia. Representing the most established generation of artists in Japan, China and South Korea today, Kusama Yayoi, Cai Guo-Qiang and Choi Jeonghwa join other internationally renowned artists from the three nations, including those based in Kyoto. Approximately 80% of the artworks presented by the 25 exhibitors will be newly created for the event.

This exhibition will allow visitors to experience the quality and intensity of contemporary art in the cultural city of Kyoto as well as come into contact with the passion and endeavors of artists from Japan, China and South Korea that pioneer new frontiers and transcend national identities through the universal approaches of art.

〈Culture City of East Asia〉
Culture City of East Asia takes place annually in cities selected by the governments of Japan, China and South Korea as a series of yearlong cultural and arts events and exchange projects, furthering the development of the host cities as well as promoting mutual understanding and solidarity in the region through the power of culture.

Alongside fellow 2017 host cities Changsha (China) and Daegu (South Korea), Kyoto will organize a wide range of events, including traditional culture, contemporary art, performing arts, music, manga (comic books), and anime (animation). Through the framework of its interchange with the other two host cities, Kyoto will strengthen reciprocity across the whole of East Asia as well as deepen ties between Japan, China and South Korea by the power of culture, and revitalize the region.
Japanese host cities: Kyoto (2017), Nara (2016), Niigata (2015), Yokohama (2014)

Yamabushiyama-cho 546-2, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8156 Japan


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Ryosuke Imamura

12 Dec.Tue.- 17 Dec.Sun.2017

247 Higashicho Sanjodori Jingumichi Higashiiru Higashiyama-ku kyoto Japan 605-0041
Tel:+81-75-761-9238 Closed: Monday


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28 Nov.Tue.- 9 Dec.Sat,2017

147-1, Sujiya-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, 600-8061, Japan
Tel:+81-75-341-0222 Open:11:00-19:00 Closed: Sunday, Monday

Kyoto City University of Arts Gallery @KCUA

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Kyoto City University of Arts Retirement Exhibition
“Masato Nishida Exhibition”

15 Dec.Fri.2017- 8 Jan.Mon. 2018

Exhibition commemorating the retirement of KCUA’s Nihonga (Japanese-style painting) professor Masato Nishida.

238-1 Oshikojicho Oike Aburanokojidori Nakagyo-ku Kyoto, Japan 604-0052
Tel:+81-75-334-2204 Closed: Monday


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" Poupelle of Chimney Town "

12 Dec, Tue.- 24 Dec,Sun 2017
※18 Dec, Mon is closed

Artist : Akihiro Nishino

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12 Dec, Tue.- 17 Dec,Sun 2017

Artist : SASAKi Moemi
lacquer works



19 Dec, Tue.- 24 Dec,Sun 2017

Group Exhibition

1928 bldg,Sanjo Gokomachi,Nakagyo-ku Kyoto 604-8082 Japan
Tel:+81-75-256-6155 Closed: Monday


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Nobuaki ITOH solo Exhibition

12 Dec.tue.– 23.Dec.Sat.2017

3F Togawa Bldg Sekisen-in-cho Sanjo Shirakawabashi-Agaru. Higashiyama-ku kyoto Japan 605-0021
Tel:+81-75-751-9288 Closed: Monday


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The Memory of Masakazu Kobayashi
with Gallery Gallery
“from the thread“


15 Dec.Fri.- 24 Dec.Sun,2017

Kotobuki Bldg. 5F, Kawaramachi, Shijo-sagaru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto. 600-8018 JAPAN
Tel:+81-75-341-1501 Closed:Thursday

Gallery PARC

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Koshinaka Masahito Solo Exhibition

9 Dec.Sat.- 27 Dec.Wed,2017

502 Eboshiyacho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, 604-8165, Japan
Tel:+81-75-231-0706 Closed: Monday


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12 Dec.Tue.– 24 Dec.Sun.2017

633 Shimogoryo-cho, Teramachi Tounan-kado,Marutamachi-dori Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto Japan 604-0995
Tel:+81-75-585-4160 Closed: Monday


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“Warhol Art”
OKAMOTO Mitsuhiro curation

12 Dec.Tue - 24 Dec.Sun.2017

155-7 Ebisu-cho, HIgashiyama-ku Kyoto Japan 605-0033  Tel:090-9697-3786  Closed: Monday

Gallery Hillgate

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〈1・ 2 F〉
Kyoto Jyukkei Print works

12 Dec.Tue.– 17 Dec.Sun.2017


〈1 F〉
Jyunko Takeuchi

19 Dec.Tue.– 24 Dec.Sun.2017


〈2 F〉
Takatsuki Hiroshi

19 Dec.Tue.– 24 Dec.Sun.2017

535 Sanjo Termachitori. Nakagyo-ku kyoto Japan 604-8081 Tel:+81-75-231-3702 Closed: Monday