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Kosuke Kimura

"Collage of Images"

14 January 2012 - 4 February, 2012

Hours: 12:00-19:00, closed Sunday, Monday, and public holiday

Reception Party: 17:00- on 28th May

Gallery Talk: 18:30-20:00 on 27th January

Guest: Mr. Masahiro Yasugi (Curator / The National Museum of Art, Osaka)

YOD Gallery is pleased to announce the solo exhibition, "Collage of Images" by Kosuke Kimura (b.1936) that will be hold from 14 January to 4 February 2012.

Kosuke Kimura came out to be an artist in his 30’s in the later 1960’s while Art had become more democratic with the high growth of economy in Japan. In the best use of silkscreen and photography with the latest technology, he represented a pile of both virtual and real images from visual experiences excessed with everyday-updated information in the developing life. He, called as “a chiold of the age”, continuously received numerous numbers of awards from international competitions after his début. On the other hand, his independent challenge to the representation in prints was unique and controversy against the established concept and classification in the Japanese print circles at the time.

Kimura entered Kyoto City University of Arts in 1955, studying Japanese paintings, and became a graphic designer after his graduation. His unique experience is a fundamental to his independent representation in prints that is not prepossessed with the established ideas. The beauty in utilitarian objects, the ways of capturing objects and of depicting colours in Japanese paintings are related to his unique expression in laying images on the other and the technique in advertisements is applied to his interest in order and layout of compositions. His deep experience in printing as an advertisement designer made himself to consider prints as one of medium and not as a genre in the notion of prints in Japan. He even challenged to other plastic art materials, such as acrylic, stainless steel, glass and enamel. The antipodes of his “calmness” to the notion and “ardour” of art are balanced in his works.

Kimura alwaystries to find something in antipodes in the society. By taking sense and sensibility in art into science to bring up future scientists, he as a professor pursued a fusion of “science” and “art” in Kyoto Institute of Technology and became the 9th president of the university in 1998. Reflecting reality in daily life in his works, he continued contributing and relating to many activities with art in the society and finally received a Purple Ribbon Medal in 1999. By keeping a balance the antipodes between “calmness and ardour” and “science and art”, he still executes new works at his 70’s in the reason why that he may still find harmony between “artist and society”

A wide range of works from his first renown assemblage work, “OUT OF TIME, 1970”, to his latest series of work, “Collage of Images, 2011”, are shown in this exhibition. His anti-aged and up-to-date works executed by the artist passes across ages would give us a thoughtful message to us living in the contemporary society with a sense of stagnation.

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