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Post date:2024-06-21

Updates:2024-06-21

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Chimeric Sculpture Expression
Event Time
TUE-SAT, 12:00-18:30
Event Location
141 Min Tsu W. Rd., Datong Dist., Taipei City Taiwan, R.O.C
In this exhibition, we will introduce six Japanese artists who develop unique expressions under the theme of chimeric sculpture expressions. The word "chimera" originates from the Greek mythological creature, a monster with the head of a lion, the body of a goat, and the tail of a snake. In biology, it refers to an organism that contains cells with different genetic backgrounds coexisting within the same individual.

Given the historical background of different cultures and ideas merging, it can be said that sculptural expression in Japan has undergone a complex evolution. The six artists featured in this exhibition have not only remained within the context of academic sculpture history but have also continuously transformed their art by flexibly incorporating diverse elements from their unique perspectives, ultimately elevating them into unique sculptural expressions.

This exhibition would provide an opportunity to see how contemporary Japanese sculpture has continuously integrated influences from various cultures and aesthetics, resulting in the creation of new and profound expressions.
Manabu HASEGAWA
Born in Tokyo in 1973 Tokyo and currently lives there. Graduated from Tama Art University(department of printmaking). He makes paper sculptures with pencil frottage. He uses guns and knives as motifs, however, the fact that these heavy motifs are supported by “pencil and paper” which are very thin and weak is making a strong contrast.

Kazuma KOIKE
Born in 1980 in Kanagawa, Japan. Lives and works in Osaka, Japan. He spent his childhood in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and attended a high school in Barcelona, Spain. Graduated from the Department of Sculpture, College of Art at Nihon University in Tokyo. Koike uses objects of worship from various regions as his motif to create original ceramic sculptures, drawings and paintings.

Yoshiyuki OOE
Born in 1980 in Osaka prefecture and currently lives there. Graduated from Seian College of Art and Design. He creates paintings and sculptures. He is creating his works under the theme of changes in meaning or recognition of the image when the point of view is changed. He has been working on artwork that has an innocent impression of a boy with gym clothes on and elements of some kinds of nihilism and pathos at the same time. He also has been actively exhibiting his works overseas.
Gensho SUGAWARA
Born 1993 in Tokyo, Japan, SUGAWARA presents the theme of "texture and tactility," working sculptures primarily made from FRP (Fiber Reinforced Plastic) and clay. His works depict the bodies of contemporary people, symbolized and adorned in consumerist fashion, emphasizing subtle tactility and anonymity. These pieces encapsulate the fleeting surfaces of the modern world and the Instability of reality.

Naohiro TAKAHASHI
Born in Hokkaido in 1991, he works on human body sculptures primarily using wood. Instead of conventional, monolithic quantitative representations of the human figure, his work reconstructs disassembled body parts into planar forms resembling reliefs. These pieces are characterized by their ability to present multiple different images depending on the viewer's perspective. Takahashi believes that such forms challenge the foundations of what is considered "correct" and encourage contemplation on various matters.

Sen TAKAHASHI
Born in Tokyo in 1992, TAKAHASHI received a Master's degree in sculpture from the Tokyo University of the Arts Graduate School of Fine Arts in 2021. Based on his foundation of the know-how required for sculptural expression, he has been avidly producing video works, installations, and other pieces that make maximum use of the features of a variety of materials including edible candy and aromatic oil.

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