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.
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
- Nobi-ANIKI (Ryo Kaneko)
- Chikako Miyata
- Sayaka Suzuki
- Mitsuru Ando
- Motoki Naganuma
- Takafumi Tsuji
- Kana Morita
- Nyubo Abe
- Aya Takagi
- Hiroe Kobayashi
- Yuichi Hirako
- Anna Saito
- Sayaka Fukuda
- Ryusuke Kido
- Umi Kumano
- Katsuhiro Maeda
- Kenji Chinone
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.
5 TWS-selected Japanese artists in the spotlight
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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 Hongo, TWS 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.
- Hong Kong Wan Chai Visual Archive: community art experimentation – August 2011 – non-profit, community-focused, and it will cease to exist in the next two or three years
- Emerging artists: 4 top posts from 2010 to 2011 – July 2011 – Art Radar burrows deep into our archives to unearth four of our best posts on emerging artists
- Japanese contemporary art book resource: Tokyo Visualist – May 2011 – lack of visibility for Japanese artists on the international scene has been a long-time problem
- Trans Artists facilitates international art connection through residencies-artist resource – November 2010 – a hub of up-to-date, reliable information on where to find and how to apply for artists’ residency positions worldwide
- New artist village opens in former Taipei squatters’ community – November 2010 – an ongoing project to revitalise and legalise a historic veterans’ community in Taipei has finally been realised
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