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Takamatsu Contemporary Art Annual vol.06 -Materials That Tell Stories-


October 22(Sun)-November 26 (Sun),2017

The Takamatsu Contemporary Art Annual is the museum’s yearly contemporary art group exhibition that introduces creative, promising artists. Launched in 2009, this is the seventh time it will be held. This year’s theme “Materials That Tell Stories”. It introduces the works of six artists who use material objects from a new perspective, creating unique worlds.
Kouseki Ono (b.1979, Okayama Prefecture) creates with a silkscreen flat surface artworks comprised of layers of ink. Their appearance changes depending on the angle from which they are viewed. Yoichiro Kamei produces porcelain creations filled with tension by bringing together five centimeter-long three-dimensional hollow bodies. Masaya Hashimoto (b.1978, Gifu Prefecture) carves delicate flowers from deer bones using his out-of-this-world technique. Yoshitaka Nanjo (b.1977, Kagawa Prefecture) depicts the landscapes of places he visits in fieldwork with acrylic paints and their soil. Yusuke Suga (b.1984, Tokyo) works with sculptures made from a variety of materials as well as videos while drawing from science fiction and the philosophy of science. Atsuki Takamoto (b.1980, Hiroshima) creates installations on an overwhelming scale by connecting everyday materials—such as clothespins—in large numbers.
Each artist’s unique approach greatly transforms material objects, creating a variety of stories. We hope you enjoy a trip into their worlds.

Exhibiting Artists (In planned order of exhibition)

Kouseki Ono

Born in Kurashiki City, Okayama Prefecture in 1979. Graduated in 2006 from Tokyo University of the Arts Graduate School’s Department of Printmaking (Painting Course). By printing sixty to one hundred times sets of dots using a silkscreen, Ono creates countless ink pillars several millimeters high on his artworks’ surfaces. The appearances of these unique artworks change depending on the angle from they are viewed. Exhibitions include “Kousuke Ono Exhibition” (Nagi MOCA, 2010), “The Vision of Contemporary Art 2015” (The Ueno Royal Museum, Received VOCA Award, 2015), “PAT in Kyoto: Print Art Triennale in Kyoto 2016” (Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, Received First Prize, 2016), and “5 Rooms: 5 Individual Exhibitions, Opening the Senses” (Kanagawa Kenmin Hall). Resides in Chiba Prefecture.

Yoichiro Kamei

Born in Higashi Kagawa City, Kagawa Prefecture in 1974. Completed in 2006 Doctoral Course, Graduate School of Arts, Kyoto City University of Arts. In 2001 begins creating latticed porcelain artworks comprised of hollow five-centimeter long three-dimensional objects made by slipcasting. Exhibitions include “The 39th Asahi Ceramic Art Exhibition” (Receives First Prize, 2001), “The 3rd Jakarta Contemporary Ceramics Biennale” (National Gallery of Indonesia, 2014), “2nd Hiromi Kikuchi Award: Crafts Today” (Mousée Tomo, Tokyo, 2016), and “Crosspoint/Intersecting Gazes: 20 Expressions” (The Kagawa Museum). Resides in Okinawa Prefecture.

Masaya Hashimoto

Born in Takayama City, Gifu Prefecture in 1978. Learned sculpting on his own. In 2009, went deer hunting with a hunter friend. The impact of an experience on the hunt led him to start carving flowers (daffodil, cherry blossom, etc.) out of the bones of the deer they brought home. In 2011, he held his first private exhibition “Seeds without Hulls” (2011). He published a book under the same title (Kara no nai tane) of his works the following year. Since then, he has continued to carve delicate, elaborate flowers out of the bones of hunted deer. Exhibitions include “Hashimoto Masaya ‘Awai Naru Mono’” (21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, 2014), “All Living Things” (Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum, 2016), and “Amazing Craftsmanship!” (Mitsui Memorial Museum, 2017). Resides in Kanagawa Prefecture.

Yoshitaka Nanjo

Born in Sakaide City, Kagawa Prefecture in 1977. Graduated in 2002 from Tokyo Zokei University Graduate School. Nanjo carries out fieldwork in places to learn about their history and everyday life. Based on his fieldwork, he then depicts their landscapes using acrylic paints and local soil. He also creates installations that make use of these soils. Exhibitions include Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale (2012), “synchroonize” (Sionoe Museum of Art, Kagawa, 2013), “VOCA” (The Ueno Royal Museum, 2017), and “Oku-Noto Triennale 2017” (2017). Resides in Wakayama Prefecture.

Yusuke Suga

Born in 1984 in Tokyo. Graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts Graduate School (Sculpture Course). While drawing from science fiction and the philosophy of science, Suga creates sculptures made from a variety of materials as well as 3D CG movies. Exhibitions include “Duality of Existence Post Fukushima” (Friedman Benda, NY, 2014), “Kohei Yamashita + Yusuke Suga ‘The Glory (of phenomenon): Act 1’” (Tezukayama Gallery, Osaka, 2015), and “Other Ways” (Enokojima Art, Culture and Creative Centre, Osaka Prefecture / enoco). Resides in Tokyo.

Atsuki Takamoto

Born in 1980 in Kure City, Hiroshima Prefecture. École Nationale Supérieure d'Art de Nancy, D.N.S.E.P in Art (Nancy, France). Takamoto creates installations on an overwhelming scale that combine massive amounts of everyday materials such as soap, pipe cleaners, and concrete blocks. In 2011 he began creating tower-shaped works that use large amounts of clothespins. Exhibitions include “The 17th Exhibition of the Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporary Art” (Taro Okamoto Museum of Art, Received Special Award, 2014), and “Atsuki Takamoto: Prefabricated Society” (Nagi MOCA, 2016). Resides in Okayama Prefecture.

Kouseki Ono《Hundred Layers of Colors》2016

Yoichiro Kamei《Lattice receptacle-Crystallization 2》2014

Masaya Hashimoto《German iris》2014

Yoshitaka Nanjo《Kitadake1》2015

Yusuke Suga《Negative horizon (antennas to heaven)》2010

Atsuki Takamoto《The Fall》2016

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