ชิเซโด้แกลอรี่ เปิดตัวขึ้นในปี ค.ศ.1919 ถือได้ว่าเป็นแกลอรี่ที่เก่าแก่ที่สุดในญี่ปุ่นที่ยังคงเปิดดำเนินการอยู่จนถึงวันนี้ แกลอรี่แห่งนี้ได้จัดกิจกรรมแบบไม่แสวงหากำไรต่างๆ เรื่อยมา มีการปิดไปบ้างบางช่วงเนื่องจาก เกิดแผ่นดินไหว สงคราม และช่วงปิดปรับปรุง ปรับเปลี่ยนต่างๆ จากความตั้งใจในการเป็นสะพานเชื่อมตามแนวคิดเรื่อง “การค้นพบและการสร้างสรรค์แนวคิดริเริ่มใหม่ๆ ” ชิเซโด้แกลอรี่ได้ตอนรับงานแสดงมากกว่า 3,100ครั้ง ส่วนหนึ่งเป็นงานแสดงเพื่อเปิดตัวสู่สาธารณะของศิลปินหน้าใหม่ที่มากความสามารถ ผู้ซึ่งกลายเป็นบุคคลสำคัญที่สร้างสรรค์ผลงานให้กับวงการศิลปะของญี่ปุ่นในเวลาต่อมาภายหลัง
“shiseido art egg 10”
Yoi Kawakubo, GABOMI, Ayano Nanakarage
February 3 (Wed) - April 22 (Fri)
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.
Following 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.
Yoi Kawakubo Exhibition (Installation) February 3 (Wed) — February 26 (Fri), 2016 21 days 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
2014 Left the Doctoral Program, Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences, University of Tsukuba
Currently lives in Tokyo
GABOMI. Exhibition (Photography) March 2 (Wed) — March 25(Fri), 2016 21 days
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
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