Tokyo Wonder Site 2011 solos for 20 emerging Japanese artists

EMERGING JAPANESE ARTISTS CONTEMPORARY ART EXHIBITIONS

Every year, in collaboration with Tokyo Wonder Wall, TWS-Emerging selects twenty artists for solo exhibitions at the TWS-Hongo studio. Art Radar lists the artists chosen in 2011 and takes a closer look at five of them.

Kenji Chinone, installation view of works, TWS-Emerging Hongo 2011. Image courtesy Tokyo Wonder Site, Tokyo. © Tokyo Wonder Site.

Nyubo Abe, ‘Self Portrait: Shapeshifter’, 2009, wood. Image courtesy Tokyo Wonder Site, Tokyo. © Tokyo Wonder Site.

20 artists chosen for TWS Hongo 2011

The artists granted a TWS Hongo solo, all of which took place between June and October 2011, included

Where work by artists that participated in TWS-Emerging 2010 were explorations of consumerism and human psychology, 2011 saw works by artists that took elements from nature as their theme. Painters using traditional mediums such as oil or acrylic on canvas overwhelmed the selection in 2011, with only a few artists that worked in non-painting media – a few sculptors, one performance/installation artist and one video artist – making the cut. Many of the artists depicted tranquil natural scenes, abundant with trees, forests, cherry blossoms and fruit, perhaps evidence of an effort to restore peace to a still-reeling Japan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hiroe Kobayashi, installation view of works, TWS-Emerging Hongo 2011. Image courtesy Tokyo Wonder Site, Tokyo. © Tokyo Wonder Site.

Kana Morita, ‘Gardens’ (installation view), 2010, oil on canvas, TWS-Emerging Hongo 2011. Image courtesy Tokyo Wonder Site, Tokyo. © Tokyo Wonder Site.

Aya Takagi, installation view of works, TWS-Emerging Hongo 2011. Image courtesy Tokyo Wonder Site, Tokyo. © Tokyo Wonder Site.

5 TWS-selected Japanese artists in the spotlight

Umi Kumano

Kumano was born in Japan in 1983. With bursts of color and cartoon effects, Kumano’s works seem to be strongly influenced by the Japanese style of Pop art made famous in the West by mega-artists such as Takashi Murakami and Yoshimoto Nara, evident in his copious use of neon pop colours, a strong vertical or diagonal composition and a mix of geometric, cartoon and painterly styles on one canvas. His work, SEASON REVOLUTION (2010), was selected for the cover of the TWS-Emerging 2011 catalogue.

Click here to visit Umi Kumano’s blog.

Umi Kumano, installation view of works, TWS-Emerging Hongo 2011. Image courtesy Tokyo Wonder Site, Tokyo. © Tokyo Wonder Site.

Ryusuke Kido

Born in 1984 in Japan, Kido studied sculpture at Tama Art University. Although his subject matter often comes from nature and his pieces are organic, fluid and free in form, he chooses to work with materials that are are solid and static such as marble, granite and stainless steel.

Click here to see more of Ryusuke Kido’s work on his website (Japanese language only).

Ryusuke Kido, ‘Form of Sin’, TWS-Emerging Hongo 2011. Image courtesy Tokyo Wonder Site, Tokyo. © Tokyo Wonder Site.

Nobi-ANIKI (Ryo Kaneko)

Ryo Kaneko was born in 1980 in Japan and is a performance and installation artist who exhibits under the stage name Nobi-ANIKI. The shy and clumsy character he portrays in his performances is drawn from the Japanese animation series Doraemon, as he explains in an interview with online magazine SHIFT.

The Nobi-ANIKI character is a reflection of my own character. I have difficulty communicating with people and I am clumsy at everything just like Nobita, the main character in the famous Japanese manga/animation series ‘Doraemon’. When I go out to the city for new meetings, for my work or whenever I have an exhibit, I appear with my work and try to communicate with the people I meet.

Kaneko has exhibited at the Taro Okamoto Museum of Art and participated in the Sapporo Pre-Biennale Contemporary Art Exhibition 2011.

Click here to find out more about the artist and view photos of his performances on the SHIFT website.

Nobi-ANIKI/Ryo Kaneko, ‘That’s entertainment’, performance installation, TWS-Emerging Hongo 2011. Image courtesy Tokyo Wonder Site, Tokyo. © Tokyo Wonder Site.

three

Three was born in 1986 in Japan. Her primary practice involves combining small plastic anime figures to create new sculptures. She has exhibited at the Megumi Ogita Gallery in Tokyo, won an award at Daikokuya Contemporary Art Contest in 2010, and her works were shown at the Tagboat Autumn Award 2009 Winners Exhibition, also in Tokyo. For the exhibition at TWS-Emerging, three displayed a series of square columns that were cast from compressed anime figures. Each column cast a shadow of a different anime character onto the podium.

Click to see more works by three on her website and on her blog.

three, ‘three is a magic number 3’ (installation view), TWS-Emerging Hongo 2011. Image courtesy Tokyo Wonder Site, Tokyo. © Tokyo Wonder Site.

Yuichi Hirako

Hirako was born in 1982 in Japan. A graduate of Wimbledon College of Arts in London, she is a painter and sculptor who uses acrylic on canvas to depict elaborate fantasy landscapes full of imaginative creatures. Hirako has exhibited at Gallery MoMo Ryogoku in Tokyo and at the Shell Art Award 2009 Daikanyama Hill Side Forum, also in Tokyo. Her series of works “Memories of My Garden: Songs” were exhibited at TWS-Emerging 2011.

Click here to see additional works on Yuichi Hirako’s website.

Yuichi Hirako, 'Memories of My Garden / Lake Side', 2011, acrylic on canvas, 3860 x 2300mm, TWS-Emerging Hongo 2011.

Yuichi Hirako, ‘Memories of My Garden / Lake Side’, 2011, acrylic on canvas, 3860 x 2300mm, TWS-Emerging Hongo 2011.

Hongo, Shibuya and Aoyama: three pillars of TWS

The TWS-Emerging programme is run in collaboration with the broader Tokyo Wonder Wall (TWW) concept, which was established in 2000. At the time, Tokyo saw a need to shift their focus from supporting the audience to the creators of art; TWW provided much needed public space where young, emerging artists could display their works based on merit. Every year, out of around 1000 submissions, 100 artists are chosen to be exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, with twenty of them chosen for solos at TWS Hongo.

Since its inception in 2001, Tokyo Wonder Site‘s mission has been to support and foster the growth of young artists. With this goal in mind the organisation created three separate venues, each serving a different role: TWS HongoTWS Shibuya and TWS Aoyama. TWS Shibuya, which opened in 2005, is a centre for global networking and a platform through which artists can exchange ideas and exhibit their works. This venue also hosts the ‘Wonder Seeds, BUY = SUPPORT’ program where works of emerging artists can be purchased by the public. At TWS Aoyama, opened in 2006, around 100 artists per year participate in a multidisciplinary residency programme.

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