For over ninety years since its 1919 opening, the Shiseido Gallery has been promoting its activities under the notion of “discovering and creating new aesthetics.” Among the Gallery's activities is the “shiseido art egg,” a program that opens its doors to promising new artists and offers them a place to present their creativity in public exhibitions.
For this year's 9th shiseido art egg, Shiseido collected applications from 340 potential participants from all around Japan. About 80% of these were from artists in their twenties or thirties, with well over half in their thirties.
Many of the proposals submitted included plans to take advantage of the Shiseido Gallery's unique exhibition space, and three artists were finally selected: Rikako Kawauchi, Momoyo Iijima, and Tetsuro Kano. These artists all proposed works that consider important themes affecting society today — namely, “food,” “home,” and “nature” — from fresh, new viewpoints.
Aomi Okabe (art critic and Shiseido Gallery advisor)
Tsutomu Mizusawa (Director of the Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura & Hayama and Shiseido Gallery advisor)
Members of the Shiseido Corporate Culture Department
Shiseido Gallery will present solo exhibitions by each of these up-and-coming artists according to the schedule below.
* The following examples include past works and may not reflect those that will be shown in the 9th art egg exhibitions.
■ Rikako Kawauchi (painting) January 9 (Fri) - February 1 (Sun), 2015
Hi, long time, no see, 2014
Rikako Kawauchi's pictures address the theme of “food.” Eating is the act of taking outside substances into the body and converting them into energy over a long period of time, and in this sense it can be said that food gives form not just to our physical bodies, but also to our spirits and thoughts. Focusing on this idea, Kawauchi depicts foods like sweets and sushi, as well as images of people. For this exhibition she will take advantage of the gallery wall surface to present works that express the sense of presence that food has, and that consider the ways in which human beings are inseparable from food.
|1990||Born in Tokyo|
|2014||Enrolled in Oil Painting Course, Department of Painting, Faculty of Art and Design, Tama Art University|
■ Momoyo Iijima (sculpture) February 6 (Fri) - March 1 (Sun), 2015
Unsealed Home 1, 2009
Photo: Mareo Suemasa
Momoyo Iijma has consistently made “family memories” a theme throughout much of her work. Some of these works are comprised of formerly used dining utensils embedded in house-shaped sculptures made of paraffin wax. Exposed in cross-section at the surface of the wax, these become symbols of fading past community and familial ties, and of the increasing rarification of connections characteristic of modern society. Iijima's taciturn works bring up many and various “family memories,” while at the same time commenting on the nature of home and the family today.
|1982||Born in Kanagawa|
|2011||Ph.D.,Fine Art, Joshibi University of Art and Design|
■ Tetsuro Kano (installation) March 6 (Fri) - March 29 (Sun), 2015
Photo: Kenji Morita
Courtesy of the artist and
YUKA TSURUNO GALLERY
Tetsuro Kano combines man-made items like ceramics and glass with natural materials like branches and fruit, separating these from their original functions and contexts so they may serve purely as colors and shapes to create new scenes. Through these newly created scenes, our values and recognition gradually become uncertain. For this exhibition, Kano will release a bird within the gallery space. The casual behavior of this creature will reveal the existence of a system uncontrollable by humans in this world.
|1980||Born in Miyagi|
|2007||MFA, Fine Arts, Tokyo Zokei University|
■ shiseido art egg award
Following these solo exhibitions, a three-member review panel will select one of these three artists to receive the "shiseido art egg award." This year's panel will include photographer Inri, columnist Nameko Shinsan, and artist Masanori Sukenari. The winner will be announced on the Shiseido Gallery website at the end of April 2015.
■ Related Events
Gallery Talks with the artists
The artists will discuss their works in the gallery.
|Schedule：||(1) Rikako Kawauchi Exhibition:||January 10 (Sat), 2015, 14:00 – 14:30|
|(2) Momoyo Iijima Exhibition:||February 7 (Sat), 2015, 14:00 – 14:30|
|(3) Tetsuro Kano Exhibition:||March 7 (Sat), 2015, 14:00 – 14:30|
|Venue：||Shiseido Gallery (no reservations necessary)|
|Inquiries：||Shiseido Gallery (Tel : 03-3572-3901 Fax : 03-3572-3951)|
■ Exhibition Details for “shiseido art egg 9” Exhibition
Tokyo Ginza Shiseido Building, B1
8-8-3 Ginza, Chuo-ku
Tel: 03-3572-3901; Fax: 03-3572-3951
Weekdays 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Sundays and national holidays 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
|Closed：||Mondays (including holidays falling on Monday)|
|Admission is free|
|Organizer：||Shiseido Co., Ltd.|
|Support：||Winsor & Newton (Rikako Kawauchi Exhibition)
Derwent (Rikako Kawauchi Exhibition)
Liquitex Prime (Rikako Kawauchi Exhibition)
NIPPON SEIRO CO.,LTD (Momoyo Iijima Exhibition)