4-9-15, Nishitenma, Kita-ku, Osaka,

Japan, 530-0047

T/F  +81 (0)6 6364 0775
E-mail info@yodgallery.com
Open: 12:00-19:00 | Mon-Sun

Past Exhibitions in 2009

□ Natsuki Machida "MURMUR" 14 November - 19 December, 2009

□ contiguous zone "Virtual Records" 6 October - 7 November, 2009

□ Masashi Hattori "Hito ○ Dual Personality ○ Hito" 7 July - 25 July, 2009

□ Agathe de Bailliencourt "My so-called life in Japan" 14 April - 2 May, 2009

□ Ken Kagajo - Positive Taboo - 3 March - 21 March, 2009

□ Hintobi - Invisible Eyes Kenshu Shintsubo x Issay Kitagawa 23 December 2008 - 7 February, 2009

□ -Emotional Colors- Sakurako Hamaguchi & Natsuki Machida 2 January - 12 January, 2009

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□ Natsuki Machida "MURMUR"
   Saturday, 14 November - Saturday, 19 December, 2009

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□ Venue
YOD Gallery
4-9-15, Nishitenma, Kita-ku, Osaka, Japan 530-0047
TEL +81 (0)6 6364 0775
URL: http://www.yodgallery.com

Open: 11:00-19:00
Close: Sunday and Monday

□ Opening Reception
From 17:00 on 14th November @ YOD Gallery

Exhibition Outline
YOD Gallery is pleased to announce the second solo exhibition by Natsuki Machida, "MURMUR" that will be hold from November 14 to December 19.

Machida represents her world view of "virgin" that is generally visualised from girlish tastes in her work, in which she extracts elements to be the nature of "virgin" with hints from Japanese girlish Manga (comics) after the war.

Machida exhibited huge representation on the wall added to sculptures in her installation in the space of YOD in the last year. She presented examples of physiological changes that have been developed in her garish mind. Manifestations of the garish emotion, in which she counts her longing for someone, was developed in her paintings as if brilliant petals bloomed from eyes and a body are eaten and digested with her emotions in the installation space. Her concrete sense of "virgin" showed in her unique expression of flowers and colour senses with the use of huge installation created a sensation.

In this exhibition under the name of "MURMUR", Machida focuses on "fiction" which is defined as an element of "virgin" in the theory of gender. She says, "Fiction doesn’t mean an opposition to reality, but a tool to find a new sense of value that doesn’t exist in reality. It can be re-constructed with existing elements in reality into a unique combination." In her "fiction", she uses decorative motifs as tool and adds portraits to increase the element of "fiction". She paints a portrait on the assumption that human communications are seen as the most important thing, but also raises objection to language communications. She excessively adds flower motifs and colours to human figures and sometimes omits them or leave blanks. There is a unique sense of reading between lines or spaces in which she seems to try to reconstitute pieces from reality through "fiction". Her new creation of reality represented by "fiction" is heard like "MURMUR" that is unclearly expressed in language where a cross communication between abstraction and embodiment is developed as her world view in the gallery space.

□ Natsuki Machida's Biography

1980 Born in Hyogo, Japan
2005 Graduated from Osaka University of Arts Graduate School

[Solo Exhibitions]
2007 Natsuki Machida Exhibition, Gallery Ami, Osaka
2008 Impulse of Virgin, YOD Gallery, Osaka
2009 MURMUR, YOD Gallery, Osaka

[Group Exhibitions]
2003 Art Stage 74, Osaka University of Arts
    Art Camp in CASO, CASO, OSAKA
2004 Art Jam 2004, The Museum of Kyoto
    Link, Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art
    Imaginary Museum, Kyoto OPA
2005 Art Jam 2005, The Museum of Kyoto
    Designed T-shirts for the apparel company “alcali”
2006 Group exhibition, Imura Art Gallery, Kyoto
    Group exhibition, THE GALLERY, Hyogo
    Illustrated 10th anniversary advertisement for the apparel
    company "VIS"
2007 ART SALAD, SOHO Art Gallery, Osaka
2008 ART OSAKA 2008 (YOD Gallery), Dojima Hotel, Osaka
    DAEGU ART FAIR (YOD Gallery), Daegu, Korea
2009 Emotional Colors, Bunkamura Gallery, Tokyo
    ART OSAKA 2009 (YOD Gallery), Dojima Hotel, Osaka
    KOBE ART MARCHE 2009 (YOD Gallery), Crowne Plaza Kobe, Hyogo

□ Images

Whisper [Exhibition work]
Acrylic on canvas
72.7 x 60.6 cm

Natsuki Machida -Impulse of Virgin-
(2008, YOD Gallery)

□ contiguous zone "Virtual Records"    Kounosuke Kawakami, Pia Borg, Tom Leighton
   Tuesday, 6 October - Saturday, 7 November, 2009

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□ Participating Artists
Kounosuke Kawakami
Pia Borg
Tom Leighton

□ Venue
YOD Gallery
4-9-15, Nishitenma, Kita-ku, Osaka, Japan 530-0047
TEL +81 (0)6 6364 0775
URL: http://www.yodgallery.com

Open: 11:00-19:00
Close: Sunday and Monday, 9th and 10th October

□ Opening Reception
From 17:00 until 21:00 on 5th October @ YOD Gallery

□ Exhibition Outline

YOD Gallery is pleased to announce the group exhibition, contiguous zone, Virtual Records , that will be hold from October 6 to 24 October.

Contiguous Zone is an annual exhibition to present contemporary British art in Japan. Taking the format of a group show it brings diverse artists’ practice into a dialogue. The series takes its title from the ‘contiguous zone’ of a country’s territorial waters, suggesting the increasingly diffused boundaries of both Japan and the UK today, island countries now connected to a global network of information. However, the series seeks to transcend discussion of boundaries and socio-political notions of territory, giving instead a space to breath and to be taken to new ideas.

The first show in the series is titled Virtual Records showcasing works by Kounosuke Kawakami, Pia Borg and Tom Leighton. The works presented here represent an aesthetic inquiry into the state of landscape, time and space.

Kounosuke Kawakami (Born in Yamanashi, 1979) uses a traditional method of painting: layered collages of man-made and natural material purposefully obfuscate the perfect resemblance of the work to his researched references. His practice stems from a fascination with Modernist architecture and his memories of childhood, haunted by a timeless, anti-commemorative quality.

Pia Borg (Born in Melbourne, 1977) uses video as medium, informed by German Expressionist and utilising traditional animation techniques. Shunning the slickness of digitised animation, Borg expresses a preference for a timeless aesthetic in the creation of a space between the past and the present. Moody and evocative, her animations are imbued with a European sensibility and the subject is enigmatic.

Tom Leighton (Born in London, 1981) uses photography in his works. His images appear to be of existing places but are instead imaginary utopian cityscapes. Familiar cities are deconstructed and retranslated disregarding the constraints of physical possibilities, akin to a memory. They aim to capture at once the beauty and paranoia within mass culture, the crowd and the architecture that houses this.

Please find a difference in the development of artscenes between UK and Japan and feel a new trend from UK in those various mediums, such as painting, video and photograph, in this exhibition. We hope that our space, as ‘contiguous zone’ of a country’s territorial waters, will be a place to exchange cultures between East and West and a part of the dawn of the new era like a lot of cultural exchanges took place in the age of Great Navigation.

□ Artist's Profile

Kounosuke Kawakami (Born in Yamanashi, 1978)

MA in Fine Art, Central Saint Martins College of Art And Design, 2004
2009 Barock Plastik, I-MYU Projects, London
2008 Twenty, Dazed and Confused Gallery, London, UK
    Echo, Zaim, Japan
    Pulse, Pier 40, New York, USA
    Voca Art Prize, Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo, Japan
2007 Solo Exhibition "Migration", Houldsworth Gallery, London, UK
    Scope Miami, Miami, USA
    Scope Basel, Basel, Switzerland
    Tech- Mach- Maya-Con, Myonichikan, Tokyo, Japan
    Selected by Victoria Miro, APT Gallery, London, UK
    Scope New York, New york, USA
2006 Solo Exhibition "Mindustrial Evolution", Bearspace Gallery, London, UK
    Zoo Art Fair, London, UK

UBS Bank New York, USA; UBS Bank Los Angeles, USA; UBS Bank, U.K.; Taguchi Collection Japan; Progressive Art Collection USA; West Collection USA; Wellington Management USA; The Dai-Ichi Mutual Life Insurance Company. Japan

Pia Borg (Born in Melbourne, 1977)

MA in Animation, Royal College of Art in 2006
Pia Borg's animated film Footnote (2003) was nominated for the Palme d'Or in the 2004 official Cinfondation selection at Cannes. Informed by German Expressionist cinema and utilising traditional animation techniques, each frame is carefully composed from a montage that encompasses old photographs, found objects, human hair, scanned textures, dust, insects and discarded 16mm footage.

Tom Leighton (Born in London, 1981)

MA in Printmaking, the Royal College of Art, 2006
2009 Barock Plastik, I-MYU Projects, London
2008 Solo Exhibition "Reifier" , The Cynthia Corbett Gallery,
    Maverik Showroom, London.
    Twenty, Dazed and Confused Gallery, Old Street, London.
2006 Bridge Art Fair, Cynthia Corbett Gallery, Catalina Hotel, Miami.
    Generation - The Summer Show, Royal College of Art,
    Kensington Gore, London.
2005 Solo show "Examples of Space Series", City Inn, Westminster.
2004 RCA Secret, Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London.
Collections: The V&A Museum; Kunsthalle Weishaupt Collection, Germany; Tiroche Collection, UK/Israel;
MuCEM, France; Nicholas Topiol, President of Christian Lacroix, Paris; The Sandor Family Collection, Chicago; The Shein Family Collection of Pennsylvania; The UBS Art Collection, London; Slade & Newman, New York
Councillor Mr. Andrew Dalton, The Mayor of The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, London; Rupert Walsh, London; Ashley McDermott, New York

□ Images

Kounosuke Kawakami
"Resort House" 2009
Mixedmedia on canvas, 130.0×190.0 cm

Pia Borg
"Palimpsest" 2008

Tom Leighton
"The Piazza" 2006
Digital C-Type Print, Reverse mounted on Perspex
233.0 x 116.0 cm

□ Masashi Hattori "Hito ○ Dual Personality ○ Hito"
   Tuesday, 7 July - Saturday, 25 July, 2009

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Closing day: Every Sunday and Monday

□ Supported by
Teranishi Chemical Industry Co., Ltd. / Cadre.F
Opening Reception
From 17:00 until 21:00 on 6th July @ YOD Gallery

Exhibition Outline

YOD Gallery is pleased to announce the solo exhibition by Masashi Hattori, Hito Dual Personality Hito that will be hold from July 7 to 25 July.

Hattori is a sculptor who represents form of "Hito (person or people)" by using any kind of mediums. His sculptures are formed into human shapes in investigations into the theme of universality of people. It is based on a simple form like an iconic figure, but mediums are varied into different materials and sometimes are complicatedly mechanised. There is an offensive relationship between simplicity and complexity. Its conflict in his works shows human's contradictory elements, such as people's universality and offensive attitude, to make people to live together in the community and to develop into more advanced society, as "Dual Personality".

However, it is hard to feel the conflicting elements in our normal life, hidden away by our daily elements in the universality. Hattori emphasised his behaviour to disclose the offensive elements consciously into his sculptures because he thinks that the disagreed attitude of people is the most important element to identify human's characteristics. We could relatively confirm our position in the society, realised with the existence of "Dual Personality" in our mind by feeling a counterpart from each other in his works.

In this exhibition, "Dual Personality" will be shown everywhere in Hattori's installation with sculptures in varied shapes and materials. There must be millions of identities as many as numbers of "Hito (person or people)" in the world. We will experience the epitome of our society through his sculptures in the gallery space, in which we see how the various identities are cheerfully involved and how the individual behaviours go in concord with others.

□ Masashi Hattori Biography

1977 Born in Hokkaido. Live in Osaka
2003 Graduated from Kyoto Seika University Graduate School
2009 Lecturer for Kyoto Seika University

[Solo Exhibition]
2000 Cubic Gallery Iteza (Kyoto)
2002 Kyoto Seika University Sculpture Gallery (Kyoto)
2004 Shinanobashi Gallery (Osaka, '06)
2007 Gallery Artislong (Kyoto, '09)
2009 YOD Gallery (Osaka)

[Group Exhibition]
2000 3rd Year Work (Gallery Sowaka, Kyoto)
2001 Group Exhibition (Kobe Harborland, Hyogo)
   ART UNIV. 2001 (Campus Plaza Kyoto)
2002 Kunori nochi Hare (Gallery Fleur, Kyoto)
   anotherself (Gallery Artislong, Kyoto)
   SHUCHO-TEN (Gallery Artislong)

2005 WONDER SEEDS 2005 (Tokyo Wonder Site)
   Gunma Biennale for Young Artists (Museum of Modern Art Gunma)
2006 Two Artists Exhibiton (Gallery Naufu, Gifu)
2007 Group Exhibition, (Gallery Naufu, '08, '09, '10)
2008 ART OSAKA 2008 (YOD Gallery, '09)
2009 Kobe Art Marche (YOD Gallery)
2010 Under 100 (YOD Gallery, Osaka)

□ Images

Sound ○ Hito ○ Color
Bell, can of candy, wood and rubber tube
50.0×70.0×35.0 cm

Connection Connect Connection
FRP, kaleidoscope, plastic, bell, motor, wire and switch, 2006
280×480×650 cm

Kuu ○ Hito ○ Kuu (Part)
Desk, FRP, lunch box and plastic, 2007
75.0×45.0×30.0 cm

Hito ○ Mawaru
Polyester, Photo Paper, Flower pot and Motor, 2008
17.0×14.5×14.5 cm (each)

□ Agathe de Bailliencourt "My so-called life in Japan"
   Tuesday, 14 April - Saturday, 2 May, 2009

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Closing day: Every Sunday and Monday, 24th and 25th April

□ Supported by
Turner Color Works Ltd.
Opening Reception
From 17:00 until 21:00 on 10th April @ YOD Gallery
Exhibition Outline

YOD Gallery is pleased to announce the solo exhibition by Agathe de Bailliencourt, a Berlin based French female artist (b.1974), “My so called life in Japan” that will be hold from April 14 to 2 May.

Bailliencourt has been engaged in many international exhibitions and projects, and has been continuously conducting energetic activities. Her abstract paintings, created with dynamic colours and strokes by using acrylic, crayon and pastel, leave a strong impression with viewers. She translates her daily experiences into works through her unique sensitivity by using primary colours and layers of tracing. She avoids choosing specific themes. Her sensitivity becomes a filter, which all her fresh images passed through and are composed on canvas.

In recent years, she has executed many installations as well as canvases. Her installation works are site-specific. She conducts her installation by sinking herself into the space, the time, the country and the culture where she stays. Images in the installation, created from a result like a chemical reaction between those elements and her sensitivity, cover the space with nonfigurative lines and colours. Those her images become a part of the site where the work is installed.

Bailliencourt has stayed in Japan from this January for the residence program called “cOOOkbOOOk” held by OOO, an alternative workspace in Osaka, with the support of the French embassy in Japan & Alliance Française d’Osaka. She conducted work-in-progress sessions for 3 weeks in this February. During the progra, Bailliencourt also executed an installation at graf salon in Osaka and conducted a workshop in the installation with visitors. We could see a reflection of lots of her experiences in Osaka in the result of installation. In addition, her participation in “Roppongi Art Night” held by several art organizations, such as Mori Museums, Suntory Museum of Art, The National Art Center, Tokyo, in Roppongi (Tokyo) on March 28th will deepen her understanding of Japan.

This exhibition introduces a new installation especially created for the YOD gallery site & new canvas works executed during her stay in Japan. Please peruse her world view in these works, in which her well-honed sensitivity is sublimated in her experiences in Osaka and Japan with.

     Agathe de Bailliencourt Biography
1974   Born in FRANCE
1998   Ecole Boulle, Paris, France
1995   Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Cergy Pontoise, France

Based in Berlin

2009    "My so-called life in Japan", YOD Gallery, Osaka, Japan
           "Lost & Found", OOO Space, Osaka, Japan
2008    "My so-called life", Galerie Catherine & André Hug, Paris, France
           "Occupation à 6", Hugo Boss Orange Store Mitte, Berlin, 
     Germany. Curator: Matthias Harder
2007    "Urban 64", Taksu Gallery, Singapore
2006    "Tanglin", Galerie Catherine & André Hug, Paris, France
           "J’aime - J’aime pas",Taksu Gallery, Singapore
2005    "J'aime - j'aime pas Wall", Comme des Garçons Guerilla
     Store+65, Singapore

2008     Scope Miami, Magnet, USA. Curator: Jill Clark
            "Intrude Project", Shanghai Zendai Museum of Modern Art,
     China. Curator: Biljana Ciric
            Art Singapore, Taksu Gallery, Singapore
            "Paint my House", installation realized on the Berliner Dom,
     Berlin, Germany
2007     "Festival of Lights", installation realized on the IHZ-Building,
     Berlin, Germany
2006     Singapore Biennale 2006. Artistic Director: M. Fumio Nanjo
2005     "Vision Express International", Shanghai Youth Biennale, China.
     Curator: M. Fumio Nanjo

2009     Live painting installation at Roppongi Art Night, Tokyo, Japan

            Live painting installation & workshop at Graf, Osaka, Japan
            Painting on umbrella for OOO, Osaka, Japan
2008     Wall painting & drawings for Hugo Boss, Berlin, Germany
2007     Painting on shoe for Converse, USA
2006     Wall painting for the National Art Council, Singapore
            Drawings for the Singapore Biennale 2006 with WORK,
2005     Drawings for WERK Magazine, Singapore
2004     Drawings for Comme Des Garçons, Tokyo, Japan
            Paintings for Song + Kelly 21, Singapore
            Drawings for Ogilvy & Mather – Mental Illnesses print campaign,
            Gold & Silver Lions at Cannes Lions 2005, Print Winner at
            International Awards 2004, Best of Show Award from Singapore
     Creative Circle 2004
2003     Drawings for WERK Magazine & Comme Des Garçons,

□ Images

"My so-called life (in Japan) 10" 2009
116.5 x 91 cm Acrylic painting, pastels, pencils and markers on canvas

"Occupation à 6", painting installation realized in the cellar of the Hugo Boss Orange Store, Berlin, 2008

"Occupation Bleue", painting Installation at Tanglin Camp, Singapore Biennale 2006

"Oh Mon Dieu!", installation realized with Skudi Optix for the "Paint My House" project.
Projection of a drawing on the Berliner Dom in Berlin, 2008

Installation realized with Skudi Optix for the Festival of Lights in Berlin 2007.

□ Ken Kagajo - Positive Taboo -
   Tuesday, 3 March - Saturday, 21 March, 2009

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□ Exhibition Outline

YOD Gallery is pleased to present the solo exhibition by Ken Kagajo "Positive Taboo" that will be held from March 3 to March 21 2009.

Ken Kagajo, who studied the traditional paste resist dyeing technique in Osaka University of Arts, tries to open up a new vista of the future in both Japanese Crafts and Contemporary Art with his traditional craft technique. He executes his works with a technique which has been seen as “taboo” in the traditional dyeing craft world by giving inquiries into the relationship between artistic self-expression and Crafts.

There seem to be more artists who have developed their background of traditional craft’s techniques in the contemporary art world in Japan. It could be a movement to break the boarder between Arts and Crafts again with the recent suitable themes, such as, to recover the value of traditional hand-made works against the advanced technology in its powerful digital era and to review our identity and history as Japanese in the excessive globalization. However, we should closely inspect each and carefully verify its movement.

In Kagajo’s challenge, he expresses himself in his unique and large pieces with a lot of use of techniques of blots, gradation and discharge from the traditional paste resist dying techniques. On the other hand, a dyeing work is required for the equality in quality of size, colour and designs, which is meant to be a representation in Crafts. The technique that he uses has been seen as a failure because his work can not be duplicated. However, he fearlessly executes his powerful abstract form with visible records of a lot of physical movements in the procedure for finding a new identity in the convention of paste resist dyeing with the omitted technique as “taboo” in the tradition, in which the old dyeing technique seems to be betrayed by him at a glance.

Kagajo thinks that the tradition can be changed by its sense of value and needs from each period and should not be inherited from force of habit where traditional Crafts are crystallised by continuously taking over hand-made techniques from the past that predecessors made so much efforts. He is not only creating a new possibility in the paste resist dyeing by turning over the old sense of value, but also “positive” to ask for the present state in the dyeing craft and even for what Crafts should be. It also can be a warning against the mentioned-above trend where more craft artists casually participate in the contemporary art world in Japan. We believe that Kagajo’s works should be represented as contemporary art on our mission to find a new sense of value and philosophy in this exhibition where his works ask us how the next generation of Crafts should be by neutralising various values cultivated in the tradition.

□ Ken Kagajo Biography

1974 Born in Osaka
2000 Graduated from Osaka University of Arts Graduate School
2003 Lecturer for Kyoto University of Art and Design (-2008)
2007 Lecturer for Kobe Design University (-2008)
2008 Lecturer for Kyoto Seika University
2009 Lecturer for Kyoto Saga University of Arts

[Solo Exhibition]
1998 Gallery Maronie (Kyoto)
2001 Gallery Senbikiya (Tokyo), Gallery Maronie
2002 GALERIE SOL (Tokyo), Gallery Maronie
2003 Wacoal Ginza Art Space (Tokyo)
2004 Gallery Maronie
2005 GALERIE SOL, Wacoal Ginza Art Space
2006 gallery den (Osaka), Gallery Maronie, Gallery Senbikiya
2007 Gallery Planet (Nagoya)
2009 YOD Gallery (Osaka)

[Group Exhibition]
1998 3rd Shell Art Award (Meguro Museum of Art, Tokyo)
2002 Selected Artists in Kyoto (Kyoto Cultural Museum, Kyoyo, ’06)
   12th Some-Seiryu Exhibition (Kyoto Municipal Museum of art,
   Meguro Museum of art, ’04, ‘07)

   2nd International Tapestry Art Biennale (Beijing)
2004 3rd International Fiber Art Biennale (Shanghai Library Conference
   and Exhibition Center
2005 CRIA (Kyoto Art Center)
   Selected Artists in Kyoto (Kyoto Municipal Museum of art)
   Two Artists Exhibition (Gallery Keifu, Kyoto, '06, '07, '08)
    Kaunas Art Biennale (Lithuania)
2006 Japanese Suppleness -contemporary art from Japan- (Denmark)
   Art Court Frontier 2006#4 (ARTCOURT Gallery, Osaka)
2007 International Craft Trend Fair, (COEX, Seoul)
2008 Group Exhibition (Musee de Some Seiryu, Kyoto)
2009 ART OSAKA 2009 (YOD Gallery)
   Kobe Art Marche (YOD Gallery)
   EMERGING DIRETORS' ART FAIR "ULTRA002" (Ryotaro Ishigami)
2010 Under 100 (YOD Gallery)
   Kyoto Kougei Biennale (The Museum of Kyoto)

[Museums and Commissioned Works]
Musee de Some Seiryu (Kyoto), Elsa Tower 55 (Kawaguchi), Truth Co., Ltd. (Osaka)

Closing day: Every Sunday and Monday

Opening reception: Starting from 14:00 on 28th February

□ Pictures

Fold - Soldier
Dyeing cotton laid on board, 2008
89.0 x 190.0cm

Fold - in BOIL
Dyeing cotton laid on board, 2008
89.0 x 190.0 cm

Discharge - Thunder
Hydrosulfite on black velvet, 2007
184.0 x 500.0cm

manipulation - Plain
Hydrosulfite on black velvet, 2007
92.0 x 400.0cm (each)

□ Hintobi - Invisible Eyes Kenshu Shintsubo x Issay Kitagawa
   Tuesday, 23 December, 2008 - Saturday, 7 February, 2009
   at Gallery & Shop "DO" in Hotel Claska, Tokyo

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Gallery & Shop "DO"
CLASKA 3F, 1-3-18, Chuo-cho, Meguro-ku, Tokyo, Japan, 152-0001
Tel: +81 (0) 3 3719 8124
URL: http://www.claska.com/gallery/

Open: 11:00-19:00
Close: 31 Dec - 2 Jan

□ Presented by YOD Gallery

□ Supported by
AZ PLANNING Co., Ltd, Kadokawa Books Co., Ltd,
Yoshikawa Paper Co., Ltd,
DIME Co., Ltd,

□ Exhibition Outline

YOD Gallery is pleased to present the artworks by Hintobi (the art unit by Issay Kitagawa and Kenshu Shintsubo) in their exhibition, "Invisible Eyes" at Hotel CLASKA in Tokyo.

Hintobi formed as an art unit in 2007 by Issay Kitagawa (artist, graphic designer and art director of GRAPH: he held our opening exhibition) and Kenshu Shintsubo (photographer). They had a clear mission to show their works as a unit. Whilst the realm of “Art” has always existed, the realm of “Design” progressed commercially after the war in Japan. Now is the time to create a new sense of value in “Art” and “Design” by going over the boundary between “Art” and “Design” . Kitagawa and Shintsubo have launched a new art movement by departing from their original fields and by working as a unit.

The unit name “Hintobi” means, “I hope that the day will give us a hint for creation” (“hinto” in Japanese means “hint” and “bi” in Japanese means “day”). There is also a rhymed hidden meaning of “Dignity and Beauty” in Japanese. Shintsubo’s clean and decent photographs are edited under the direction of Kitagawa by arbitrarily adding the few essences of transformation, such as distorting a composition or cutting them into pieces. Hintobi tries to find preciousness and dignity by paying attention to our everyday life.

There are new works by Hintobi with their inspiration from the novel "GOTH" by a famous horror writer, Otsuichi. His novel has been filmed and the movie, "GOTH", is now showing from 20th December. The visual book, "GOTH Morinoyoru" is also published in which Shintsubo took visual shots and Kitagawa did book design. As a result, a new execution has emerged from the junction between the concept of "Hintobi" and the theme of "GOTH". We would see its essence by sharpening our "Invisible Eyes" in this unique space where the vivid reality stands between death dug out in the realm of "GOTH" and our everyday life captured by "Hintobi".

□ Pictures

(Exhibition work)

Inkjet and mixedmedia on canvas
153.0 x 117.5cm

Hintobi -Dignity and beauty- (2008, YOD Gallery)

□ -Emotional Colors- Sakurako Hamaguchi & Natsuki Machida 
   Friday, 2 January - Monday, 12 January, 2009
   at Bunkamura Gallery, Tokyo

Bunkamura Gallery
Bunkamura 1F Main lobby floor, 2-24-1, Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan, 150-8507
Tel: +81 (0) 3 3477 9174
URL: http://www.bunkamura.co.jp/gallery/index.html

Open 11:00-19:30 (2-3 Jan -18:00, 12 Jan -17:00)

□ Pictures

Sakurako hamaguchi
I can't say "Happy new year".
Acrylic and oil pen on canvas, 2008
100.0 x 80.3cm

Natsuki Machida
Small night
Acrylic on paper laid on board, 2008
145.1x 112.1cm