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Aya Kawato Solo Exhibition

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15 June Fri.- 13 July Fri,2018
Opening Reception : 15 June Fri.15:00-18:00

Imura art gallery is pleased to announce its first solo exhibition by painter, Aya Kawato.

Aya Kawato' s grid paintings have interwoven vertical and horizontal colors, giving them the feel of textiles. These works are created based on a physical practice that requires the meticulousness and dynamism of handcraftsmanship in which the artist paints overlapping layers using masking tape and acrylic paint.

Since its emergence in the twentieth century, the grid has been an important trend in modern art. The modern expression of grids that feature in their own right, rather than simply serving as elements within a painting, can be seen in the work of Piet Mondrian and American abstract expressionist painters, as well as in the context of architecture.

Kawato has incorporated practices and ideas from the kogei tradition of textiles into this form of expression, which had become dominated by grids that were flat and geometrical. By painting multiple layers of grids by hand, the artist aims to introduce two effects―"Controlled and Uncontrolled". The aesthetic effects that reside in such slips or inconsistencies beyond the artist' s intent, emerging after single-minded repetitive work, bring about subtleties and discoveries that resemble the unintended details that are unexpectedly captured in a photograph. The effects of color and light in the patterns within the grid give a sense of new possibilities for painting.

Grounded in her interest in cutting-edge neuroscience, Aya Kawato focuses on the awareness of inconsistencies in perception and cognition, such as the fact that what we see with our eyes is different from the actual objects we are looking at. Leveraging her education in textiles, she is beginning to establish a unique style as she extends the position of grid art from modern painting in the annals of art history.

This exhibition by Aya Kawato includes eight new works, providing an opportunity to examine the artist' s provocative approach.

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

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Kousuke Ikeda

Takuya Kumagai

Kazumichi Komatsu

Arata Mino

Naoki Miyasaka

1.June Fri.– 16 July.Mon.2018


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


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Manavu Muragishi solo exhibiiton

9 June Sat.- 8 July Sun,2018
opening reception:9 June Sat 17:00-19:00

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

Kyoto City University of Arts Gallery @KCUA

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Vincent Moon, contact Gonzo,
and the Anthro-film Laboratory “

Vincent Moon
Photo by Antje Taiga Jandrig

contact Gonzo
Installation view at Kaza Ana/Air Hole:
Another Form of Conceptualism from Asia
(The National Museum of Art, Osaka, 2011)
Photo by Kazuo Fukunaga

Itsushi Kawase

2 June Sat.- 8 July Sun.2018

Curated/planned by
 Kyoto City University of Arts Art Gallery @KCUA

Organized by
 Kyoto City University of Arts

With additonal funding from
 Nomura Foundation
 Yoshino Gypsum Art Foundation

With the cooperation of
 Hibiki: Echoes of Japan Production Committee
 Higuchi Zoen Kabushikigaisha
 Kyoto Art Center
 Watari Museum of Contemporary Art

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


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"multitiered portrait"
painting/mixed media

13 June Wed.- 24 June Sun.2018


" Playful mind"
ceremic work and painting

14 July Sat.- 4 Aug.Sat.2018

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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showcase #7
curated by minoru shimizu
ARTISTS : Hana Sawada
      Hiroshi Takizawa

Hana Sawada

Hiroshi Takizawa
©Hiroshi Takizawa
Courtesy of rin art association

11 May, Fri.- 10 June Sun,2018
opening reception:11 May Fri.18:00 – 20:00
open on Fri., Sat., & Sun. 12:00 - 18:00
appointments are available on weekdays

Courtesy of rin art association

eN arts is pleased to present “showcase #7 -PHOTO and SCAN” 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 seventh edition, Hana Sawada (Excellence Award winner 2017) and Hiroshi Takizawa (Honorable Mention Award Winner 2011) will present a tour de force. We hope you will enjoy the show.

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showcase #7 “PHOTO and SCAN”

In step with improvements in computing power, the digitalization in the arts started in the late 1970’s to the early 1980’s, was first fully applied in music requiring little data, and then rode the tides from physical storage devices to internet downloads and streaming before accelerating into photography and finally to video and film.

As we entered the second decade of the 21st century, digital photography stopped being the simple mimicry of analog photography. As it was based on analog photographs, what was our fundamental view of photography [basic dualisms of direct and pictorial (image processing), presence of traceability, two or three dimensional, still photos (instantly captured) and moving films (continuously captured)] is then no longer useful in the world today,

Once the composer Ryuichi Sakamoto stated that “My ears changed” as music digitalized. Music that is uploaded in a ultra pure state, entirely created within a computer, with any “noise” (sounds unwanted by the composer) is a proverbial “vacuum packed music”, untouched by air until a listener hears it played from speakers. Ears accustomed to vacuum packed music, since they are listening to the reproduction of vibrations of any type of music from the membranes of earphones or speakers, pale in comparison to the ears used to listening to live music.

In the world of images as well, the era of “Deprived Eyes”, accustomed to jpg, gif, and similar digital images, may have arrived.

In framing questions about analog photography and digital photography, comparisons of “photos” and “scans” often arise. At this point, the sense of sight employed is visual perception of an “image”. Since an image cannot be formed when the object is in close contact with the lens, some type of spatiality is necessary. A photograph is the outcome of light that is reflected or emitted from an object, passed through a lens (having the perspective of just anyone), collected on a surface, and then fixed in a photochemical process. The viewer of a photograph, places his eye at the position of the lens and then perceives the “image”. A temporal gap between “once” and “now” occurs between the between the “image” that anyone sees and the “image” that a single person sees, and reality and consciousness are separated and duplicated. Scanning, in contrast, is in principle not perception of an “image”. Rather than the spatial imaging, scanning is the recognition of intimate physical information. Even if you output a two-dimensional image, the units of that image are no longer layers but lines (or even spots – pixels, with no projected depth). Simply put, it can be said to be a vacuum-packed image.

In the world of images formed from vacuum packed images, such as jpg, gif, and the like, how do “Digital Native” contemporary artists realize “rich, expressive eyes”? How are “photos” and “scans” related to one another in world of irreversible, total digitalization?

Minoru Shimizu
May 2018

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


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" Ishida Mayumi Solo Exhibition "

22 May, Tue.- 27 May,Sun 2018

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" Souseiki "

29 May, Tue.- 3 Jun,Sun 2018

Sumi ink paint,Cutting,Fabric Artists Duo -OMEMOZI-

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


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Nagako Kishida exhibiiton

12 June Tue – 23 June Sat.2018


Rui SAKURAI exhibition

26 June Tue – 7 July Sat.2018


Muku Kobayashi exhibition

10 July Tue – 21 July Sat.2018


“10th SPROUT”

24 July Tue – 29 July Sun.2018

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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AGANO Machiko


23 June Sat.- 14 July Sat,2018

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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Chihiro Murata
“Internal works”

15 June Fri.- 1 July Sun,2018

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


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Tsutomu Ishihara Solo exhibition

12.June Tue.– 24 June.Sun.2018


International Group Exhibition 2018

26.June Tue.– 8 July.Sun.2018
Opening Reception :26.June(Tue)18:30-
Artist Talks: 1.July(Sun)14:00-

Theme: Limits

Bound, border, confinement, restriction, restraint, edge, verge, fence, obstruction, destination, end.

A limit designates a cut-off point, it determines the bottom line and the beginning of a new paragraph. A limit is something to overcome, break and remodel, but also a confine to respect, a perimeter within which to make your moves.

Limits have always been a recurrent theme in literature, philosophy, music and art: defining the boundaries of humans and of human minds has always challenged creative personalities to discover new ways to express themselves and to investigate how the meaning of a limit mutates according to various factors.

The conception of a limit has also been contested and discussed in relation to social issues such as immigration, racism, homophobia, and more in general in relation to the controversy of accepting who is different from you. Is it possible to stretch your point of view to meet someone else’s?

Whether you decide to challenge your own limits, social limits, physical limits or psychological limits, whether you decide to challenge no limit at all, but to highlight their effectiveness and necessity, limits are part of the human nature: constantly evolving, constantly transforming.


Ai Yamada Solo Exhibiiton

10.July Tue.– 22 July.Sun.2018

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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TAKEMOTO Ikumi solo exhibition

19 June Tue – 24 June Sun.2018


SHINTAKU Kanako solo exhibition
“I'm still alive”

26 June Tue – 1 July Sun.2018

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

Gallery Hillgate

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Chiaki Hata

19 June Tue.– 24 June Sun.2018


〈 2 F〉
Megumi Egawa

19 June Tue.– 24 June Sun.2018


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Group Exhibition

26 June Tue.– 8 July Sun.2018


〈1 2 F〉
Group Exhibition

10 July Tue.– 15 July Sun.2018

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