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
Closed: Sunday, Monday,Tuesday




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Past Exhibitions in 2011


□ three women, three leaves  25 November - 24 December, 2011

□ "FINE ART ASIA 2011" 3 October - 7 October, 2011

□ Masashi Hattori "○ Re ↑ Birth ○" 8 July - 6 August, 2011

□ "ART FAIR TOKYO 2011" 29 July - 31 July, 2011

□ "ART OSAKA 2011" 8 July - 10 July, 2011

□ Shape of Monotone "Expression in the territory of ceramics" 28 May - 25 June, 2011

□ "THE OSAKAN DREAMS" 4 May - 17 May, 2011

□ Hiroshi Shinno "Live all life" 9 April - 7 May, 2011

□ Motonori Uwasu "RE: Assemble" 1 March - 26 March, 2011

□ Ken Kagajo "transFLAT" 15 January - 12 February, 2011



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□ three women, three leaves
   Friday, 25 November - Saturday, 24 December, 2011





□ Artists
Natsuki Machida, Sayaka Shingu, Nina Kawamata


□ 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: Every Sunday and Monday




□ Exhibition Outline

YOD Gallery is pleased to announce the group exhibition, "three women, three leaves", introducing 3 female artists, that will be hold from 25 November to 24 December.

Treated as a symbol of various implications, such as one’s thoughts and hope, flowers and leaves have been used as a material for languages, literatures and ornamentals since ancient times. We still entrust flowers as a symbol of vitality in this modern times, on which our feelings and concepts of our life are projected.

Natsuki Machida, Sayaka Shingu and Nina Kawamata use extensively different style to express their own works, such as canvas, installation, ceramics and Japanese painting, but there is a common feature to develop their own unique representation of flowers and leaves. Replacing one’s emotions and sentiments to motives of flowers and petals, Machida unfolds mental conflicts and the nature of feelings in her installation, canvas works and sculptures. Patiently executing excessively detailed ripe flowers by monotone ceramic, Shingu represents temporal birth and death. Reproducing classical Chinese and Japanese subjects as a traditional Japanese painter, Kawamata imaginatively depicts figures and angels from the Western mythology adorned with flowers and leave to seek for the principle of the universe. These world views of three women will be developed into three different ays of representing leaves and flowers in this exhibit.




□ Artist's Biography

Natsuki Machida (Born in Hyogo, 1980)

2005 Graduated from Osaka University of Arts Graduate School

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

[Selected Group Exhibitions]
2004 Art Jam 2004, The Museum of Kyoto
2006 Group exhibition, Imura Art Gallery, Kyoto
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
2010 ART FAIR KYOTO (YOD Gallery), Hotel Moterey Kyoto, Kyoto




Sayaka Shingu (Born in Osaka, 1979)

2001 Graduated from Osaka University of Arts
2003 Studied at The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park

[Selected Solo Exhibiton]
2005 Gallery Maronie, Kyoto
2007 Cubic Gallery Iteza, Kyoto
2010 INAX Galleria Ceramica, Tokyo
     SILVER SHELL, Tokyo 
     Gallery Suchi, Tokyo

[Selected Group exhibiton]
2006 CONTACT act 5, Gallery Kwak, Seoul, Korea
2007 thing matter time, Shinanobashi Gallery, Osaka
2008 Kyoto Kougei Biennale, The Museum of Kyoto
2011 THE OSAKAN DREAMS, JR Osaka Mitsukoshi Isetan, Osaka
     Shape of Monotone, YOD Gallery, Osaka

[Award]
2004 The 42nd Asahi Ceramic Art Exhibition
2006 The 44th Asahi Ceramic Art Exhibition




Nina Kawamata (Born in Ibaragi, 1987)

2011 Graduated from Kyoto University of Art and Design
2011- Registered at Kyoto University of Art and Design Graduate School

[Selected Group exhibiton]
2009 Once in a month, Gallery Suehiro, Kyoto
2010 A-CTION 2010, Gallery Aube, Kyoto
2011 Gombessa proposal ep1 "I am Japanese", BAMI Gallery, Kyoto
     ELEVEN Girls Art Collection, Matsuya-Ginza, Tokyo
     ZOU, Gallery CASO, Osaka




□ Images

Sayaka Shingu
"Eating the withered time"
Ceramic
46.0 x 46.0 x 30.0 cm
2010


























□ FINE ART ASIA 2011
   Monday, 3 October - Friday, 7 October, 2011
   at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong

YOD Gallery booth: P8

[Artist]
Motonori Uwasu

[Dates and Hours]
Title: FINE ART ASIA 2011 http://fineartasia.com/index.htm

Date: 3 October – 7 October 2011

Preview: 2nd october 2011, (Sun.) 12 – 9pm


Venue: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
(1 Expo Drive, Wanchai, Hong Kong)

Open Dates: 11am – 7pm
* 7th October 2011, (Sat.) 11am – 6pm


GENERAL PASS : HK$200 (adult), HK50 (student, senior)


























□ Masashi Hattori "○ Re ↑ Birth ○"
   Friday, 8 July - Saturday, 6 August, 2011











□ 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, Monday, 26th - 30th July

□ Closing Party
From 17:00 on 6th August @ YOD Gallery



□ Exhibition Outline

YOD Gallery is pleased to announce the exhibition, "○ Re ↑ Birth ○", by Masashi Hattori (Born in 1977) will be held from 8th July to 6th August 2011.

Assimilating daily-used materials and ready-made products, Masashi Hattori executes various styles of sculpture with the motif of "Hito (human, person or people)". He tries show how people should essentially behave in human communications in the symbolised human forms.

He entirely uses electrical appliances and parts in his recent representation as one of his identity that derives from his childhood origin as small electrical appliance shop in the town. Suggesting communications or connections between people, electric wires show vectors of human's numbers and thoughts as well as of energy to start electrics. He thinks that all essence of creation is specifically unseen and hidden in things that we don't usually aware and appeals us the importance to read things behind all things.

The relationship between human and electric devices had been rapidly bound up by the progress of developed technology, but the society, which becomes used to depend on the convenience of electrical appliances, faced with the problem in a shortage of electric power after Fukushima. He emphasises on common sense of and disagreement over healthy relations between people and machines including electric appliances as well as between human communications in this exhibition.



□ 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 "Hito ○ Dual Personality ○ Hito", 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)
2008 ART OSAKA 2008 (YOD Gallery), Dojima Hotel, Osaka ('08-'10)
2009 KOBE ART MARCHE (YOD Gallery), Crowne Plaza Kobe, Hyogo
2010 Under 100, YOD Gallery
    OSAKA ART NOW, Hillside Terrace, Tokyo
    ART FAIR KYOTO (YOD Gallery), Hotel Monterey Kyoto
    YOUNG ART TAIPEI (YOD Gallery), Sunworld Dynasty, Taipei
2011 CRIA, Kyoto Art Center
    RITTAI BUTSUBUTSU Exhibition, Bunkamura Gallery, Tokyo




□ Images

"○ Re ↑ Birth ○ Flower" [work in the exhibition]
Electrical wire, aluminium case, switch, LED, flowerpot, marble, oil paint
185.0 x 70.0 x 30.0 cm
2011


"→○↑○↓○←"
Oil paint, urethane, iron and wood
20.0 x 30.0 x 22.0 cm
2011


Exhibition view
Masashi Hattori "Hito ○ Dual Personality ○ Hito"
(YOD Gallery, Osaka, 2009)

















□ ART OSAKA 2011
   Friday, 8 July - Sunday, 10 July, 2011
   at Hotel Granvia Osaka, Osaka



YOD Gallery Booth: Room No.6215 (26th floor)

Artists:
Ken kagajo, Chika Tanikawa, Takuro Sugiyama, Agathe de Bailliencourt, Masashi Hattori, Motonori Uwasu, Hiroshi Shinno



[Dates and Hours]
Title: ART OSAKA 2011 http://www.artosaka.jp/

Date: July 8 (Fri) - 10 (Sun), 2011

Preview: July 8 (Fri), 2011 2:00pm - 8:30pm
*Only for VIP, Invited guests and the press

Open to the Public: July 9 (Sat) - 10 (Sun), 2011  11:30am - 7:00pm
*Admission closes 30min prior to the fair closing.

Venue: Hotel Granvia Osaka 26th Floor
3-1-1, Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka 530-0001, JAPAN
T :+81(0)6 6344 1235 
U: www.granvia-osaka.jp


Admission: 1,000 Yen / 1 DAY PASS
*Please purchase tickets at the reception desk on the 26th floor,Hotel Granvia Osaka.









































































□ Shape of Monotone "Expression in the territory of ceramics"
   Yoko Miki, Sayaka Shingu, Katsuhisa Kitano
   Saturday, 28 May - Saturday, 25 June, 2011







□ Artists
Yoko Miki, Sayaka Shingu, Katsuhisa Kitano


□ 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: Every Sunday and Monday


□ Reception Party
17:00- on 28th May @ YOD Gallery


□ Exhibition Outline

YOD Gallery is pleased to announce the group exhibition, "Shape of Monotone, Expression in the territory of ceramics", introducing 3 artists, Yoko Miki, Sayaka Shingu and Katsuhisa Kitano, that will be hold from 28 May to 25 June.

It seems to be a movement to show ceramic artists at contemporary galleries in Japan these days. It can be said that there are clear reasons for both sides, a deadlock over new ideas in the territory of Arts and advancement in the artistic status of Ceramics. Accelerated by the progress of media, the speed to approach each other has become very fast. We should discuss the question how we grasp Ceramics in the Arts now.

Excluding the elements of material and style, works in the territories of Arts and Ceramics can be divided into 2 elements, expression and techniques. We think that the Arts place an emphasis on expression and Ceramics put it on techniques in this case. As the main characteristic of crafts is a tradition of techniques that is continuously inherited from the past to the present, a basis of ceramics is a technique to burn and form clay. On the other hand, the Arts have adopted different kinds of mediums from other fields after the modern period in the early 20th century and have become more complicated to classify in only materials and techniques. Artist’s mind and sense is supposed to be a main element to choose subject matter of their execution before choosing mediums and techniques, to which the element of expression is strongly related.

In order to read Ceramics from the Arts' point of view with the element of expression, we only focus on form and shape of Ceramics in this exhibition. If clay as a limited material and the definition of practical use were aptitude in Ceramics, the formative or figurative style, such as Haniwa, Imari figures and small works of Bizen, appeared in the Japanese history could be a sign for the change in the identity of Ceramics. There might have not been the definition of expression at the time, but artistic expression was naturally established when the use and form of Ceramics were changed from utilities to figurative or sculptural forms. It was once restarted by the definition of Arts and Crafts from the West, but the expression in Ceramics received attention with the appearance of "Sodeisha (avant-garde ceramic artist group in Kyoto)" after the Second World War and was widely discussed. In the present time when the expression becomes more complicated, we deeloy have to re-think what ceramics should be.

The 3 artists, Yoko Miki, Sayaka Shingu and Katsuhisa Kitano, in this exhibition have a common style in using colours limited in monotone. They respectively present each tone in monotone colours that they think ideal and have investigated by themselves, but it is a strong element to emphasis on expressing unique forms in their execution. Through their works by the 3 artists, we can see a diversity of the development of Ceramics based in form by limiting the expression in colours. Miki expresses artificial objects and animals in the ordinary life. Shingu executes imaginative flowers in fine details. Kitano executes vigorous vases and vessels in the traditional style with the excellent technique of potter's wheel. It would be an opportunity to re-think expression in the territory of Ceramics through their contrastive techniques of forming and different approaches to Ceramics.




□ Artist's Biography

Yoko Miki (Born in Hyogo, 1963)

1986 Graduated from Osaka University of Arts
1988 Graduated from Osaka University of Arts Advanced courses
2001- Lecturer for Osaka University of Arts

[Selected Solo Exhibiton]
2002 Gallery TAF, Kyoto ('06)
2005 Voice Gallery psf/w, Kyoto ('07)
2008 Azabujuban Gallery, Tokyo
2009 Gallery Yuragi, Kyoto
2010 INAX Galleria Ceramica, Tokyo

[Selected Group Exhibiton]
2004 TUBE LIFE; Kyoto Art Center 2004, Kyoto Art Center
     stay with art, HOTEL T'POINT, Osaka
2006 art in transit, The Palace Side Hotel, Kyoto
2009 Contemporary ceramics in Asia, Aichi Prefectural Ceramic Museum
     Korea-Japan-USA exchange exhibition, Seoul, Korea

[Award]
1986 The 1st International ceramic exhibition in Mino '86
     The Yagi kazuo Prize Modern Ceramic Exhibition '86('87)



Sayaka Shingu (Born in Osaka, 1979)

2001 Graduated from Osaka University of Arts
2003 Studied at The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park

[Selected Solo Exhibiton]
2005 Gallery Maronie, Kyoto
2007 Cubic Gallery Iteza, Kyoto
2010 INAX Galleria Ceramica, Tokyo
     SILVER SHELL, Tokyo 
     Gallery Suchi, Tokyo

[Selected Group exhibiton]
2006 CONTACT act 5, Gallery Kwak, Seoul, Korea
2007 thing matter time, Shinanobashi Gallery, Osaka
2008 Kyoto Kougei Biennale, The Museum of Kyoto

[Award]
2004 The 42nd Asahi Ceramic Art Exhibition
2006 The 44th Asahi Ceramic Art Exhibition



Katsuhisa Kitano (Born in Osaka, 1980)

2000 Graduated from Osaka University of Arts Junior College
2002 Graduated from Kyoto Prefectural Collage of Ceramics
     Studied at the studio of Nobuo Furutani
2005 After returning Osaka, started making ceramics

[Selected Solo Exhibiton]
2006 Art salon Kura, Kyoto
2007 Gallery Tosei, Osaka ('09)
2008 Daimaru-Umeda Art Gallery, Osaka
     Ginza Kuroda Touen, Tokyo ('09)

[Award]
2006 The 35th Kinki Exhibition of Japanese Traditional Art Crafts ('06-'11)
2007 The 13th Exhibition of Shinbi-kougeikai, Grand prix
     The 36th Kinki Exhibition of Japanese Traditional Art Crafts, Prize
     of Wakayama prefectural board fo education
     The 1st Hagi Taishou(Grand Prix)of Contemporary Ceramic, Second
     prize
2009 The 15th Exhibition of Shinbi-kougeikai
2010 The 16th Exhibition of Shinbi-kougeikai, Prize of Osaka prefectural
     board fo education
     The 57th Exhibition of Japanese Traditional Art Crafts



□ Images

Yoko Miki
"a day-dream"(Installation work) 2008
[upper left] "AIR BABY", 30 x 30 x 15 cm, Ceramic
[lower right] "Black pipe&tube", 700 cm long, Ceramic, iron, plastic


Sayaka Shingu
"Eating the withered time"
Ceramic
46.0 x 46.0 x 30.0 cm
2010


Katsuhisa Kitano
"The vase of black porcelain carved pattern"
Porcelain, sandblasting
36.0 x 29.0 x 29.0 cm
2011

























□ Hiroshi Shinno "Live all life"
   Saturday, 9 April - Saturday, 7 May, 2011

  ★ Exhibition View >>>>>





□ 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, Monday, 22nd and 23rd April

□ Reception Party
17:00- on 9th April @ YOD Gallery

□ Talk Event
"Ikimono (Life) discussion from Ecology point of view"
15:00-16:30 on 16th April @ YOD Gallery
Guest: Ms. Minori Yamanaka (Curator, Museum of Akutagawa river / Aquapia Akutagawa)



□ Exhibition Outline

YOD Gallery is pleased to announce the exhibition, "Live all life", by Hiroshi Shinno (Born in 1979) will be held from 9th April to 7th May 2011.

After graduated from Kyoto University of Art and Design, Shinno studied in Vienna, Austria. He mainly painted insects as motifs in which he was always longing for his local nature where he grew up. As much as he tried to capture beautiful shapes from nature in his representation, it didn't take time for him to choose sculpture as his medium to express in Vienna. He studied by himself to use synthetic resin to sculpt and established his own representation in a way that he executes very elaborate figurative works close to nature.

Shinno's "Ikimono (Life)" work looks an existing insect, but it actually doesn’t present in this world. With delicate observation and sensibilities, his new creatures consist of various shapes and colours from nature, fusing with parts from "life", such as arthropods, flowers and plants. What is inside of his "Ikimono" is nothing more than his simple desire to represent beauty in nature by his hands with his honesty and affection towards nature. The world of "Ikimono" that he creates is an expression of his sincere respect to nature that sustains the evolution of "life" where the ultimate beauty exists that we can never attain.

In this exhibition, "Live all Life", Shinno will show latest works executed with materials from "life" that he found in nature since he comes back to Japan. The living thing in nature shows various colour shades and shape by difference in each regional climate. Gleaning one by one existing in the nature, he pays attention to unique characteristics of Japanese climate in four seasons and develops new "life" in his own sense by combining them. It would be enjoyable for us to sense in coming and going in the reality and imagination existing in the intimate nature in his installation. We will also have a talk event, "Ikimono (life) discussion from Ecology point of view", inviting a biological curator from the Museum of Akutagawa river/ Acuapia Akutagawa, to talk about interest in his works with outside opinions from the territory of Art.





□ Hiroshi Shinno Biography

1979 Born in Kyoto
2003 Graduated from Kyoto University of Art and Design
2008 Graduated from Akademie der bildenden Kunste Wien

[Solo Exhibition]
2008 SONG SONG, Vienna, Austria
2010 TANADA Peace Gallery, Kyoto, Japan

[Group Exhibition]
2008 Artist in Residence "Aquarell Happening", Tirol, Austria
2009 Art Fair "ViennaFair", Vienna, Austria
    "WE", MARIO MAURONER CONTEMPORARY ART, Saizburg, Austria
    Artist in Residence "European Researchers Night", BIO CENTER,
    Vienna, Austria



□ Images

"2011.1.21,Kyoto" [work in the exhibition]
Acrylic, synthetic resin
3.5 x 3.0 x 6.0 cm
2011


"30.3.2008,Wien"
Acrylic, synthetic resin
3.0 x 3.0 x 5.0 cm
2008


"Fluttering Flowers"
Acrylic, synthetic resin, wood
50.0 x 30.0 x 35.0 cm
2009
















□ Motonori Uwasu "RE: Assemble"
   Tuesday, 1 March - Saturday, 26 March, 2011

  ★ Exhibition View >>>>>





□ 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, Monday

□ Reception Party
17:00- on 5th March @ YOD Gallery






□ Exhibition Outline
YOD Gallery is pleased to announce the exhibition, "RE: Assemble", by Motonori Uwasu (Born in 1975) will be held from 1st March to 26th March 2011.

Uwasu, who graduated from the painting course in the Osaka University of Arts, has always executed realism paintings in the theme of landscapes. His paintings in the scenes that have been cut off from actual townscapes or landscapes are expressed in a different way from normal landscapes in terms of technique and concept. He does not paint only in realism, but also is consist in unifying different parts from other subjects or replacing into one colour in his paintings. The way of seeing reality is based on the general idea that substantial shapes are essential, but is individually differed each other by consciousness and discerning. He points that idea and emphasises universality of feeling things by bringing unaware colours, diversity to the perception of shape, and intensity of recognising details into relief in his expression.

Uwasu has even developed his idea in this exhibition since he had his solo exhibition in 2 years ago. He left identifiable elements in his landscapes, but they have gone in the new series of his landscapes. He consciously emphasised on intrinsic and local qualities by depicting signboards or landmark buildings in the city, but deliberately erases these essences to make universality penetrated more deeply into the theme. The subject in the new series is expressed in reassembling lots of details from other subjects. He pursues images of demolition and re-construction in his execution in order to present the value transcending time and space or the existence of universal value that people could share.

The title of the exhibition, "RE: Assemble" also means that Uwasu creates contrary composition in the act of reassembling reality. All the opposing ideas, such as past and present, you and me, and universal and particular, are conceptualised when we accept the reality with feedback on them. By raising a question in the contrast, he brings viewers’ attention to unaware subjects and continues to pursue universality in the repetition of demolition and re-assembling in his representation.



□ Motonori Uwasu Biography

1975 Born in Osaka
2000 Graduated from Osaka University of Arts


[Solo Exhibition]
2006 Gallery Wks., Osaka
2007 Space Gallery Roundish, Osaka
2009 Gallery Wks., Osaka

[Group Exhibition]
2006 Tank of Mind, Gallery Wks., Osaka
2007 YOUNG JAPANESE LANDSCAPE, Museum of Young Art, Vienna, Austria
2009 gallerism, Osaka Contemporary Art Center, Osaka
    Opening Exhibition, ART SPACE ZERO-ONE, Osaka
2010 OSAKA ART NOW, Hillside Terasse, Tokyo
    art gwangju (YOD Gallery), KDJ Convention Center, Gwangju, Korea




□ Images

"Cycad" [work in the exhibition]
Acrylic on canvas
112.1 x 162.1 cm
2010


"Lotus"
Acrylic on canvas
130.3 x 194.0 cm
2010


"Chateau YAENOSATO"
Acrylic on canvas
130.3 x 194.0 cm
2009















□ Ken Kagajo "transFLAT"
   Saturday, 15 January - Saturday, 12 February, 2011

  ★ Exhibition View >>>>>





□ 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, Monday

□ Reception Party
17:00- on 15th January @ YOD Gallery




□ Exhibition Outline
YOD Gallery is pleased to announce the exhibition, "transFLAT", by Ken Kagajo that will be held from 15th January to 12th February 2010.

Ken Kagajo represents abstract expression with bold forms and colours in the use of discharge technique, in which he expresses his physical movement and sensibility remaining monotone lines and bands on the surface, and of dyeing technique, in which he manipulates accidental fusion and collision of lively colours squeezed onto the surface. He expresses his unique paintings executed in a different way from general paintings and energetically keep challenging against canvas works which is considered to be definitive.

Kagajo first exhibited his new series, "Veil", in the early 2010. The characteristic of "Veil" series is a painting action with binder resin on clothes that has been already executed in discharge or dyeing techniques. He has begun to raise an issue on what the nature of painting is to express three-dimensional space on the "flat".

Generally, "Superflat" is defined by Takashi Murakami to refer to various flattened forms inherited in Japan from Ukiyoe in the Edo period to graphic art, animation and pop culture in the contemporary period. It is the representative issue on "flatness" of painting considered to be the Japanese characteristic of expression and denial of the perspective derived from the West.

On the other hand, Kagajo defines his "flat painting" in the use of discharge and dyeing techniques as perfect 2-dimensional painting concluded in the physical point of view. Making another approach from the subject by Murakami, Kagajo had just persisted in expressing entirely physical 2-dimensional paintings in the use of only optical changes against general paintings provided with collage or thickness of paint compromising with physical 3-dimension. Through the contradiction arisen by retouching a painting on his completed "flat" execution in the new stage of "Veil" series, he investigates the notion of "flatness" of painting that has been historically overlooked.




□ 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]
2000 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 (YOD Gallery, '10)
    Kobe Art Marche (YOD Gallery, '10)
    EMERGING DIRETORS' ART FAIR "ULTRA002" (YOD Gallery)
2010 Under 100 (YOD Gallery)
    Kyoto Kougei Biennale (The Museum of Kyoto)
    ART FAIR TOKYO 2010 (YOD Gallery)
    ART FAIR KYOTO (YOD Gallery)





□ Images

"Reise" 2010 [work in the exhibition]
Binder, emblem, lacquer and dyeing cotton laid on board
84.0 x 67.0 cm

Exhibition view "Ken Kagajo - Positive Taboo - "
(YOD Gallery, Osaka, 2009)




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