For over nearly one hundred years since its 1919 opening, the Shiseido Gallery has been promoting its activities under the notion of “discovering and creating new value.” 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 10th shiseido art egg, Shiseido collected applications from 370 potential participants from all around Japan. About 80% of these were from artists in their twenties or thirties. Many of the proposals submitted included plans taking advantage of the Shiseido Gallery's unique exhibition space. The three artists finally selected—Yoi Kawakubo, GABOMI. and Ayano Nanakarage—were chosen for their rich artistic sensibility and unique perspective towards the world.
(The “shiseido art egg” exhibition is usually held between January and March each year, but “shiseido art egg 10” will be held between February and April 2016.)
- 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.
Yoi Kawakubo Exhibition (Installation)
February 3 (Wed) — February 26 (Fri), 2016 21 days
When the mist takes off the suns (detail) 2014
302 x 386cm
Yoi Kawakubo creates installation works in which he reveals the world using photos, video, sound, and light. Since 2012, he has been producing photographs that trace the presence of invisible radiation energy in the radioactive districts of Fukushima Prefecture affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake by burying pieces of film in the earth there for fixed periods and noting the resulting color changes. Through his works, Kawakubo also searches for points of connection between the memory and history of his own family who immigrated to Spain. This exhibition approaches the condition of modern society using Greek mythology as theme, while referring to the history of the site “Ginza.”
|1979||Born in Toledo, Spain|
|2007||Left the Doctoral Program, Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences, University of Tsukuba|
|Currently lives in Tokyo|
The sound of the video work can be heard in the latter part.
GABOMI. Exhibition (Photography)
March 2 (Wed) — March 25(Fri), 2016 21 days
1303 x 803cm
GABOMI. creates works that question the nature of photographic expression itself. She has contrived a method called “TELENS” which attempts to question the premise of photo-taking that allows light pass through the camera lens to achieve exposure. In this method she combines her own physical hand, a part of her own body, with the body of the camera, using the former to adjust the light exposure and thereby creating images freed from photography's inherent dependence on camera lenses. In this way, GABOMI. pursues the new possibility of photographic expression without performing any digital image processing.
|1978||Born in Kochi|
|2008||Begins photography career based on self-taught knowledge|
|Currently lives in Kagawa|
Ayano Nanakarage Exhibition (Sculpture)
March 30 (Wed) — April 22 (Fri), 2016 21 days
rainbows edge 2015
114 x 70 x 40cm
Ayano Nanakarage creates wooden sculptures that mainly use natural objects as their theme. Her avoidance of significant coloring application and respect towards the texture of wood itself reflects her attitude of accepting nature as it undergoes change. For this exhibition she presents new sculptures and drawings featuring withering plants as motif, thus turning her eyes to the real yet evasive “time of nature” that inexorably affects these plants.
|1987||Born in Kagoshima|
|2011||Completed the Doctoral Program (first semester) at Graduate School of Arts, Hiroshima City University|
|Currently lives in Hiroshima|
■ shiseido art egg award
These solo exhibitions, a three-member review panel will select one of the three artists to receive the "shiseido art egg" award. This year's panel will include photographer Naoki Ishikawa, artist Tsuyoshi Ozawa and novelist Kaori Fujino. The winner will be announced at the end of May 2016 on the Shiseido Gallery website.
■ Related Events
Gallery Talks with the artists
The artists will discuss their works in the gallery.
|(1) Yoi Kawakubo||Date & Time||February 6 (Sat), 2016 14:00–14:30|
|(2) GABOMI.||Date & Time||March 5 (Sat), 2016 14:00–14:30|
|(3) Ayano Nanakarage||Date & Time||April 2 (Sat), 2016 14:00–14:30|
|Venue:||Shiseido Gallery (no reservation required)|
Tel: 03-3572-3901 Fax:03-3572-3951
■ Exhibition Details for “shiseido art egg 10” 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 March 21 which is a national holiday)|
|Admission is free|
|Organizer：||Shiseido Co., Ltd.|