Events category: Exhibition

15 September 2017

Decorative but Calm ─ Japanese Artists and modern craftsmanship

Understanding the materials and acquiring an in-depth knowledge of techniques are the core skills necessary for mastering any process. The four Japanese artists featured in this exhibition embrace the challenge of combining their own personal artistic research with the quest for these competences. In this exhibition the pursuit of elaborate designs aims, in a true expression of Japanese aesthetics, to create a “decorative but calm” space for reflection that does not intend to overwhelm the viewer.

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3 October 2017

Private View: Absence and Ambience by Takashi Kawashima

Takashi Kawashima creates works to suggest ‘absent’ stories, which recount catastrophes caused by overwhelming natural powers, tracing the memory of the land via the imaginary narrative woven by the artist’s own experiences and questions. In the artist’s first UK solo exhibition Absence and Ambience, one of the two rooms of the gallery is dedicated to the project Unfinished Topography/Collection, a collection of fragmented stories of catastrophes which happened after the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. In the other room, Kawashima examines the uncertainty surrounding us in our daily lives through the motif of ‘shadow’.

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14 September 2017

Private View and Artist Talk ─ Decorative but Calm

While working to promote their traditional works, the artists of Decorative but Calm have realised that craftsmanship is an international language; crafts appeal to the personal sensibility of each viewer. In this exhibition the pursuit of elaborate designs aims, in a true expression of Japanese aesthetics, to create a “decorative but calm” space for reflection that does not intend to overwhelm the viewer.

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20 July 2017

Private View: The Kyoto Tea House - An Impression

In this exhibition, several famous Kyoto tea houses will be introduced through photographs, architectural diagrams and other forms, to convey an understanding of key concepts such as wabi-sabi.
Japan’s leading calligrapher Tomoko Kawao offered a calligraphy demonstration during the private view.

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21 July 2017

The Kyoto Tea House - An Impression

In this exhibition, several famous Kyoto tea houses will be introduced through photographs, architectural diagrams and other forms, to convey an understanding of key concepts such as wabi-sabi. This exhibition will give the viewer a feel for the Zen-influenced culture surrounding the Kyoto tea house, and highlight the history of the renowned Uji tea growing region south of Kyoto.

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4 July 2017

Artist Talk: Toshiaki Hicosaka, To Look at the Fire

The first London solo exhibition of the artist Toshiaki Hicosaka invites us to reflect on the world through fire: the driver of evolution, life, comfort and violence. In this talk, the artist is joined in conversation by Dr Sunil Manghani, Reader in Critical and Cultural Theory at the Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton.

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30 May 2017

Private View: To Look at the Fire by Toshiaki Hicosaka

The first London solo exhibition of the artist Toshiaki Hicosaka invites us to reflect on the world through fire: the driver of evolution, life, comfort and violence. From ocean to fire, his immersive installations of painting have embraced elements of the everyday. Through this new body of work by the artist, viewers can rethink the social and cultural environment that they live within.

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31 May 2017

To Look at the Fire by Toshiaki Hicosaka

The first London solo exhibition of the artist Toshiaki Hicosaka invites us to reflect on the world through fire: the driver of evolution, life, comfort and violence. From ocean to fire, his immersive installations of painting have embraced elements of the everyday. Here, fire reveals itself to viewers as a medium of perceptual relations. Through this new body of work by the artist, viewers can rethink the social and cultural environment that they live within.

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12 April 2017

Private View: var i = phenomena; var x = future; for (i < x) {i++} by Shigetoshi Furutani

var i = phenomena; var x = future; for (i < x) {i++} is the first solo exhibition in London by Shigetoshi Furutani. His work seeks a more effective way to deal with the limitations of language and to expand the expression of the two-dimensional form in an age of social media, engaging with the limits of chaos and order, proliferation and restriction. In this exhibition, Furutani juxtaposes digital collages of found footage and images and animations created by the artist himself.

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