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Takahiko Iimura
Masayuki Kawai
“Out of Frame”

Takahiko Iimura
“A Chair and the Projected”

Masayuki Kawai
“Trans-flux no.1”

13 July Sat. − 1 Sept. Sun,2019
artist talk: 13 July Sat.15:30 - 17:00
opening reception:13 July Sat.17:00 - 19:00

Out of Frame

MORI YU GALLERY Kyoto is pleased to present two persons show, Out of Frame, by internationally reputable artists, Takahiko Iimura (b.1937) and Masayuki Kawai (b.1972) from July 13th to September 1st.

The exhibition is based on their thoughts on the aesthetic theories exchanged between them for more than 20 years, which have strengthened he works of both artists with aesthetic intensity.

Camera, Monitor, Frame (1976) is the central work of Iimura’s experiments in the 70’s on the conceptualism of video art. Kawai elucidates in his recent book its video-specific structure of feedback, which takes in spectators’ gazes and desires to look/be looked at, breaks out of its own frame that bridges subjectivity and objectivity, and then alternate between transcendence and immanence.

Iimura’s A Chair (1970) is probably the first video-taped work in Japan, meanwhile a significant response to Joseph Kosuth’s One and Three Chairs (1965) made by video art. In this work, Iimura uses film projection to flicker the shadow of a chair shot by a video camera. Although the shadow functions as the chair’s index, its constant flickering suspends it from any narrative and brings about a fertile non-meaningness.

For this exhibition, IImura has revised and restructured this work after almost half a century since its birth, as an installation piece A Chair and the Projected (2019).

According to Kawai’s aesthetic theory, video is neither a tool for information/communication nor independent object such as representation or text. He claims that there exists nothing but the continuity of an act: which he calls as ’data’. Data is not immanent and physical, but that does not make it transcendent and theological either; in other words data belongs to neither logical assertion nor theological revelation. In terms of Kawai’s concept of “feedback”, it collects a variety of indefinite factors, connects and disconnects immanence and transcendence and continues to deviate within the infinitely diverse circulation loop. Kawai applies this data feedback theory to every aspect in the world where data interpenetrates both the organic and the inorganic.

Kawai’s latest series Trans-flux (2019) shows a new direction that he took from his iconic Video Feedback series. In these pieces, he explores the concept of ‘translucent’, which represents the characteristic of data as a connector/ disconnector between immanence and transcendence. In the translucent color plexiglass frames, abstract and vivid images made by analog free-running electronic data perpetually flow and transform; hence the data / media manifests itself as a quasi-object, which never ceases to generate the non-meaningness in between.

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

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Zheng Bo
“Dao is in Weeds”

After Science Garden, 2018.

Kindred, 2017

1 June Sat. - 15 July Mon. 2019

Curated by:
Kyoto City University of Arts Art Gallery @KCUA
Organized by Kyoto City University of Arts

Kyoto City University of Arts Art Gallery @KCUA will hold a solo exhibition of the influential artist Zheng Bo. Based on careful research into historical facts and social phenomena, Zheng creates artworks to contemplate the future, working together with plants, especially weeds.

Zheng conducted research in Kyoto in January and March 2019. He visited Suujin, an area east of Kyoto Station with a long activist history centered on the idea of equality, where Kyoto City University of Arts will be relocated to. He was enchanted by Suujin, where the situation is changing every day in the midst of the city’s redevelopment efforts and the impending relocation of the university. He decided to create a project to imagine a more ecological future for this area, centered on equality for all species. He will grow this project in collaboration with a group of activists, artists, architects, anthropologists, and ecologists who are already living or working in Suujin. In the exhibition, Zheng will create an installation based on this research.

The Chinese title of the exhibition “道在稊稗” (Dao is in Weeds) is a passage from Zhuangzi. It appears in the scene where Zhuang Zhou is faced with a question “Where does Dao exist?” and he explains “Dao is ubiquitous, and all embracing.” Everything in nature – not just human agency – is equally valuable. Through his work, Zheng ponders: how should we, who are deeply entangled in the geological epoch of the “Anthropocene,” reposition ourselves in Earth’s ecosystems, and what kind of futures do we want to create, for all beings?

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

Kyoto Art Center

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FOCUS♯2 Marcos Ávila Forero exhibition
“-repeated trace-“

13 July Sat. – 18 Aug.Sun.2019

Kyoto Art center is pleased to announce that the exhibition titled FOCUS#2 is to be held in this July and August. FOCUS is a series of solo exhibitions for an emerging and outstanding artist. In this FOCUS#2, a prominent artist, Marcos Ávila Forero exhibits.

Marcos Ávila Forero works mainly in France and Colombia. He took the Fine Arts Programme at the ESNBA in Paris and has kept producing his artworks with honors and prizes.

His artworks often include earnest social criticism and focus its subjects on people struggling against their oppression, surrounded with hardship such as poverty, conflict, displacement etc. For him, dialogic research and making corroboration with the local community and people are highly important. Among his artworks, he collaborates with the local people to try to revive their menaced culture, to create impressive expression as a form of water percussion music, of journey of a boat through the dessert, or the pilgrimage of a shaman on a giant sculpture.

In this June and July he is staying at Kyoto to create his new artwork for his exhibition. In his new artwork, He focus his concern on the different movements of ex-factory workers, calligrapher and contemporary dancers and transmission of these different movements.

In this FOCUS#2 exhibition, his new artwork is exhibited with calligraphic and dancing performances. his representative artworks, 《A TARAPOTO,UN MANATI》(2011),《Cayuco》(2012), 《Atrato》(2014), are also exhibited.

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

Gallery PARC

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Kato Mai
“a room and outside”



5 July Fri.- 21 July Sun,2019


Sakaguchi Kana・Futatsugi Shiori
“I wish I could camp”

Sakaguchi Kana

Futatsugi Shiori

5 July Fri.- 21 July Sun,2019


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


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Atsushi Nakamura
mixed media

22 May Wed.- 2 June Sun.2019

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Atsushi Nishijima
"Number Pieces"
Mixed media

"Turner Courtain -2017-"
Photo by Kenji Takahashi

22 May Wed.- 2 June Sun.2019

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


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" Park-Sunhwa solo exhibition - Meguru - "

21 May Tue.- 26 May Sun. 2019

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"Mononomikata "
Ikeura Ayako

21 May Tue.- 26 May Sun. 2019

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


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stART: Yui INAGAKI Exhibition

16 July Tue. – 21 July Sun.2019

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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13 July Sat.- 28 July Sun.2019

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


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Caori Fujita solo exhibition

13 July Sat.– 27 July Sat.2019

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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MORITA Shiho Solo Exhibition
“Surface tension of lacquer”

16 July Tue.- 21 July Sun,2019


INOUE Yukari Solo Exhibition
“after the line was drawn”

27 July Sat.- 4 Aug.Sun,2019

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

gallery morning kyoto

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“FACE III Exhibition”

9 July Tue.- 21 July Sun. 2019

HIROTA Yoshino
Barbara Kroll

207 Nakanomachi Higashiyama-ku,Kyoto,605-0034,Japan Tel:+81-75-771-1213 Closed:Monday

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showcase#8 “Resonators”
curated by minoru shimizu
Susumu Okada, Azusa Yamaguchi

Susumu Okada
© Susumu Okada

Azusa Yamaguchi
© Azusa Yamaguchi

12 Apr.Fri.- 12 May Sun,2019
opening reception:12 Apr.Fri.18:00 – 20:00
open on Fri., Sat., & Sun. 12:00 - 18:00
appointments are available on weekdays

eN arts is pleased to present “showcase #8 -resonators” curated by Minoru Shimizu, one of Japan’s leading contemporary art critics. From its inception in 2012, the “showcase” series of exhibitions, as the title implies, literally showcase talented photographers and video artists. Most of the artists selected by Minoru Shimizu for “showcase” exhibitions are the award winners of “The New Cosmos of Photography”, an annual competition held by CANON.

This year, for its eighth edition, Azusa Yamaguchi (Excellence Award winner 2017) and Susumu Okada (Excellence Award winner 2018) will present “resonators”.

Also, this year, eN arts will participate in Kyotographie 2019 KG+. The theme of Kyotographie 2019 is “VIBE”: A VIBE is a distinctive emotional atmosphere, something sensed intuitively and deeply connected to our mood. Vibes rush over you when you meet a person, confront a memory or event, visit a place, hear a piece of music, or remember a particular moment. These invisible waves, both positive and negative, alter our experiences – they either separate us or connect us- In “showcase #8” we hope the feelings of the viewers will be awaken by their works transformed through their own lenses from the vibes of the objects.

showcase #8 “resonators”

“showcase” series at eN arts started in 2012, with the objective of presenting talented and promising photographers to as many people as possible. To further this goal, this year, for its 8th edition of “showcase”, we will participate in KHYOTOGRAPHIE 2019 KG+.

“showcase#1 and #2 – Neo Con-Pora: cool & critical” — featured various expressions among young generation that succeeded in “Con-Pora Photography” of the 70’s in Japan.
“showcase#3 – Japanese Portraits” — examined the expressions in Japanese portraits surrounding the fears about the unstable future in Japan.
“showcase#4” sampled constructed photography.
“showcase#5” was a show in which I curated “serendipity” to verify contemporary SNAPSHOTS.
“showcase#6” analyzed “storytelling” in photography.
“showcase#7 – photo & scan” was a comparison of different expressions in digital photography.
For the detailed information on each exhibition, please visit the eN arts website:

The theme of KYOTOGRAPHIE 2019 is “VIBE”. To match the theme, I have selected two photographers who resonate with the vibes coming from the world. This is to say that their photographs are not of the objects themselves but are the ones to resonate with the vibrations created by the objects.

The two photographers:
Susumu Okada (born 1984)- Excellence Award 2018: Okada resonates with the infinitive time enshrined in the tiny particle of a stone. He becomes wrapped into the world of geological and astronomical times that continue to flow from macroscopic to microscopic nature, regardless our “human” time. Taking advantage of the characteristic of photography – there is no scale to judge size, Okada photographs a minimum particle of sand as a maximum universe.

Azusa Yamaguchi (born 1995)- Excellence Award 2017: In contrast to Okada, Yamaguchi resonates with the human time. The signs and memory of people, living or deceased, arise in her spaces. She does not become sentimental in them, but instead delicately amplifies the subtle mood and auditory hallucination into multiple images.

2019.04  Minoru Shimizu

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

imura art gallery Kyoto

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Fumio Yamazaki solo exhibition

“silent neighbor”

20 Feb.Wed.- 6 Mar,Wed,2019

Imura art gallery is pleased to announce its first solo exhibition in four years by the wood carving artist, Fumio Yamazaki.

Fumio Yamazaki’s consistent practice involves sculpting distinctive figures from a single block of wood, a technique known as ichiboku-zukuri, and then adding color with watercolors. The resulting sculptures seem somewhat bizarre at first glance. Staring into space and beaming peace and tranquility, the sculptures exude a demigod-like presence that transcends any kind of species the earth has to offer. Whether their shapes are distorted or neat and orderly, these statues are presented front and center in a positive way, accepting all. How they are received depends on the viewer’s frame of mind, which produces a sense of being questioned.

Created through long hours of self-reflection by the artist, these statues work their way into our hearts, charming us with their simple forms and the unique warmth of wood carving.

This exhibition is an opportunity to discover Fumio Yamazaki’s ‘silent neighbors’ with their loquacious stares.

Hearing the chime from the nearby shipyard signaling 5:00 PM, I realized that I’d spent another whole day just sitting in front of something that I’d started and got no further. I was lost again. It’s a bad habit, but this sort of time is important to me. When I wander down an unfamiliar road and sense the face of something strange peeking out from the edge, capturing that vision will make my work come alive.

Fumio Yamazaki

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

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Kasuke Kishi
”Installation in the garden”

12 Mar.Tue.– End of July


〈1 F〉
Group Exhibition

16 July Tue.– 21 July Sun.2019


〈2 F〉
Michiko Morita
Fusako Ouchi

16 July Tue.– 21 July Sun.2019

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