Events category: Private view

15 January 2015

Remembering Absence

Kirk Palmer’s work explores the existential nature of human relationships with the world through an exploration of the temporal landscape and sense of place using still and moving images. Centred upon Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and Yakushima, the works exhibited here examine how historical events manifest in the present-day physical substance of place, where the pall of the atomic bombings remains a latent, unifying presence.

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20 May 2014

Delirious Metropolis

Based on the subject of physicality and topicality within the delirious metropolis, Toru Ishii’s first solo exhibition in the UK aims to achieve a hybrid of expression in elements such as the past and present and the digital and analogue. He challenges how traditional art can exist in this modern age, and attempts to find a new paradigm of art by employing long-established techniques.

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31 March 2014

As Though Tattooing on My Mind

Gozo Yoshimasu’s first exhibition in the UK will open on the 31 March at the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation. As Though Tattooing on My Mind summarises fifty years of Yoshimasu’s career as one of the world’s most innovative and influential poets and artists. The exhibition presents pieces of his visual artwork together with various forms of his poetry, including double-exposure photography, copper-plate engravings, the sui generis gozoCiné video work and original manuscripts from his latest visual poetry series, “Kaibutsu-kun” (Dear Monster).

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16 January 2014

Tokyo Portraits by Carl Randall

We celebrated the opening of Carl Randall’s Tokyo Portraits exhibition at the Daiwa Foundation Japan House Gallery on 16 January 2014. The artist was introduced by author David Mitchell (Booker Prize shortlisted – Cloud Atlas, Ghostwritten).

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24 October 2013

Hideyuki Sobue: The Way I See

We celebrated the opening of Hideyuki Sobue’s exhibition The Way I See at the Daiwa Foundation Japan House Gallery on 24 October 2013. The artist was introduced by Jimmy S. S. Lek, the founder of ArtGemini Prize, London. Hideyuki Sobue is a Japanese artist living and working in the Lake District where this project is based. This exhibition, supported by Arts Council England, embodies a series of portraits of people he has come to know personally, with each work designed to be exhibited in diptychs: one half featuring the portrait, the other a carpet of fallen leaves observed in the area. The leaves also symbolize the vast majority of people, who have never been the subject of a portrait and thus the works become a metaphoric juxtaposition.

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17 September 2013

Acting Out of Nothingness: from the APT Collection

This event celebrated the opening of the group exhibition ‘Acting Out of Nothingness’ presented by the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation and the APT Institute and featuring the contemporary Japanese artists Kanako Sasaki, Koki Tanaka, Zon Ito, Goro Murayama, Motohiro Tomii, Masahiro Wada and Lyota Yagi. The exhibition features artworks lent by APT Institute from the Artist Pension Trust® (APT) collection, the largest lending library of artwork by leading and emerging contemporary artists from around the world.

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16 May 2013

A Catalogue of Errors by Chris Wainwright

Chris Wainwright has been working with semaphore as a semi-obsolete signalling system for a number of years and incorporating it into a series of photographic performances and actions. These works are made at night and sited adjacent to places where there have been natural disasters or at environmentally fragile sites caused by human intervention and exploitation. Much of the work in the exhibition has been made in the Tohoku Region of Japan prior to and after the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami.

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21 March 2013

Excavated Reverberations by Hiraku Suzuki

In Hiraku Suzuki’s practice, drawing is expanded from a primitive method of expression into a contemporary technique of reflection and transformation. Associating the act of drawing with the process of ‘excavation’ reveals memories and unknowns present within our daily life. He perceives paper surfaces as excavation sites, carefully inscribing the moment when the different dimensions of time and space are generated from a limited two-dimensional phase. His recent drawings, in which he repeatedly uses light reflective materials such as silver marker and spray paint, shift their visibility according to the viewers’ perspective, creating resonance with the immediate environment.

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24 January 2013

Winnebago, Carpets, Onsen, Potter by Peter McDonald

Peter McDonald depicts colourful scenes inhabited by people engaged in everyday activities. Images of teachers, artists, hairdressers or carpet sellers are constructed with an elementary graphic language. By making use of archetypes, symbolism and our incorrigible tendency to make the strange seem more familiar, McDonald’s alternative world reads like a parallel universe.

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