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Gallery's Picks for the Month( Winter Gifts)

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Gallery's Picks for the Month( Winter Gifts)

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In this issue of Gallery's Picks, we are pleased to present a special Winter Gifts feature, featuring works of art that are perfect for gift-giving, whether you want to present them to someone else or treat yourself to them.
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Goro Murayama



■Biography and Awards
1983 Born in Tokyo, Japan
2015 Completed Doctoral program in Oil Painting (Mural Painting), Tokyo University of the Arts
2015-17 Artist-in-residence in Vienna as a Japanese Government Overseas Study Fellowship for Emerging Artists
2010 shiseido art egg award (Shiseido Gallery)

■Selected Exhibitions
2022 Goro Murayama × Kazuto Imura :Plorifirating Images
2022 Setouchi Triennale, Ogijima, Kagawa, Japan ('19)
2022 Drawings - Plurality Drawings Toward Plurality PARCO Museum TOKYO / Tokyo
2020 Solo Exhibition Painting Folding Takuro Someya Contemporary Art / Tokyo
2019 AICHI TRIENNALE 2019 The Age of Emotion / Aichi, Japan
L'homme qui marche Verkörperung des Sperrigen, Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Germany
  The Extended Mind, Talbot Rice Gallery at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland
21st Domani Tomorrow, The National Art Center, Tokyo, Japan
2011 Solo Exhibition, Stratosphere vol.6, Goro Murayama Gallery αM, Tokyo, Japan
2010 The 4th shiseido art egg "Re-magic of the pictorial subject" Shiseido Gallery / Tokyo, Japan
2009 MOT Collection, Dreams at MOT, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo / Tokyo

Goro Murayama, ”Generative Drawing [Rhizome] - Ochre, vermilion, green," 2022, Japanese paper on panel, acrylic, 29.7 x 42 x 2cm

This drawing, reminiscent of the formation of plants, follows the style of the wall painting shown on the first floor of an old private house on Ogijima at the Setouchi Triennale 2022. The drawing pattern is derived and developed by formally incorporating the branching rules of plant trees and rhizomes. There is also an image of plant ivy entering the ruins, growing overgrown, and filling the space more and more. This is another work that embodies a certain kind of time, in which the artist's own three-month residency has caused a learned drift in the drawing patterns.


Teppei Kaneuji


Teppei Kaneuji, born in Kyoto in 1978, has been working actively not only in museums but also in outdoor exhibitions and fairs such as SUMMER SONIC 2022 in recent years. His motifs are mainly everyday materials such as figurines and miscellaneous goods that contain everyday images, but he develops images of information that are continuously reproduced in contemporary society, rhythmically repeating and amplifying them. The original meanings of individual objects are disregarded and connected, resulting in a dynamic expression that is unexpected.

■Biography
1978 Born in Kyoto
2003 MFA in Fine Arts, Kyoto City University of Arts

■Selected Solo Exhibitions
2022 "Teppei Kaneuji S.F.(Something Falling/Floating)" Ichihara Lakeside Art Museum / Chiba, Japan
2021 "Things! Things! Things! Click Ten Art Space / Beijing, China
2020-21 "En/trance" Japan Society / New York, U.S.A.

Teppei Kaneuji, ”Teenage Fan Club #108”, 2022, plastic figurine, hot glue 13.5 × 10.5 × 8.5 cm

The Teenage Fan Club series is a collage of different narratives, scales, times, fashions, rules, and perspectives in the form of phenomenological figures. The motif of hair is one of the most important motifs in the history of sculpture and can be seen as an entity between body and matter.
The fact that I could not get close to the stage at a big concert and was viewing the show from the back of the audience, where I could not even see the top of the stage and only the back of a large number of heads wriggling to a single rhythm, looked like a single fluid monster, also inspired me to create this specific work. (artist's comment, 2022)


Todo



Born in 1969. After completing the graduate course at Tama Art University, he moved to Germany to study under Daniel Buren at the University of Arts in Düsseldorf, where he received his Meisterschueler (M.A.).

Time is always behind Todo's works, and his style is based on the theme of "the uniqueness of place," and his works are created mainly from objects he collects on foot and take various forms. His most representative works are the stone series, which he has continued since his stay in Germany, in which he cuts stones from places around the world with historical inscriptions and then polishes the cut surfaces with laminated glass. For the book series, he obtains Western philosophy books, novels, bibles, and hymns mainly from second-hand bookstores, and creates them in two ways: by inserting laminated glass between the pages and by hardening the pages with resin. Living in Dusseldorf for more than 10 years, Todo's works, which are a fusion of Western culture and Japanese aesthetics that he experienced firsthand, are very popular both in Japan and abroad, and he receives many inquiries from overseas.

Since relocating his production base to Japan after the Great East Japan Earthquake, Todo has also produced works using the rubble of famous buildings that are disappearing in the metabolism of society and pearls cultivated in his hometown of Uwajima. In recent years, he has been expanding his activities, including providing a work for the fashion brand "KUON" for their LookBook and participating in the New York Fashion Week.

Todo, "Snow on the roof - Matsunoyama Kurokura," 2022, Shinano River tributary stones, laminated glass 12.5 x 11 x 8cm

The Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale was held in the summer of 2022 in the Echigo-Tsumari region of Niigata Prefecture. The "Palace Kurokura," an entire old private house that was transformed into a work of art, attracted particular attention during the festival for its creation of a new space in collaboration with the villagers. The work was created with the image of snow on the roof of a house in the village of Kurokura, where it was set, and was made of stones picked up from the nearby Shinano River.


Shinji Ohmaki



Shinji Ohmaki has developed various series such as "Echoes Infinity," "Echoes Crystallization," and "Liminal Air" as an artist who continues to work on the theme of what "existence" is. In addition to solo exhibitions in Japan and abroad, he has presented works representing each international art festival, including Yokohama Triennale (2008), Setouchi International Art Festival (2010), Asian Art Biennale (Taiwan 2011) Echigo-Tsumari Triennale (2015-), Aichi Triennale (2016), and European City of Culture (Netherlands 2018). He has continued to present works representing the respective international art festivals.

Ohmaki's works are based on the keywords "space," "time," "gravity," and "memory," using a wide variety of materials and techniques in an attempt to create a physical time-space to approach an ambiguous and elusive "existence. Ohmaki's works are not merely objects to be appreciated for their material interest and beauty, but also as devices to make the viewer aware of light, shadow, and time existing within a space. The elements that Ohmaki incorporates into his works, such as air, water, the interplay of light, and images that disappear after being stepped on, give the viewer a sense of their birth and eventual disappearance, and their combination into a dynamic work that evokes the viewer's physical senses is what makes it so appealing.

This work, depicting botanical patterns in a circular format, was shown at his solo exhibition in Taipei in 2013, titled Tree of Life, where the silhouette of a cherry tree was painted from the floor to the wall, and a number of colorful circular flowers like this were placed on top of it. The motifs of the painted flowers are plant patterns inspired by traditional Taiwanese textiles, and they are lightly placed within the circles, and the beauty of the edges of the pigments is visible when you get close to the flowers.

The Echoes-Infinity series is Ohmaki's representative series that deals with themes such as "disappearance and rebirth" and "time and memory," and has been developed in a variety of settings. The installations at the Shiseido Gallery (2005), the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (2010), and the Hermes Museum and Singapore Art Museum (2012), which enveloped the viewer's entire body, remain in the viewer's mind with physical memories even after the work has disappeared. This work, however, is a collection of such experiences packed into a single closed space.


石田 恵嗣 Keiji Ishida



Keiji Ishida was born in Chiba Prefecture in 1975. After graduating from a Japanese university and working in a company, he began painting at the age of 30. Seeking a more personalized art education, he studied in England, graduating from Chelsea College in London in 2009, and in 2011 entered RCA, completing his studies there in 2013. Ishida has been active as an artist mainly in Europe while living in Germany for two years, and has attracted particular attention in recent years; he had a solo exhibition at Art Front Gallery in 2021, followed by a group exhibition of new works at Ginza Tsutaya in 2021 and 2022. His exploration of color, form, and painting style as a painting is evident on the canvas, and his rough brushstrokes and drawing-like lines are also appealing.

Keiji Ishida "Chicken" 2021 Oil on canvas 35 x 30 x 2cm

According to the artist, "I think the reason why animals appear in my paintings is because of my love for picture books and mysterious folklore. I hope that viewers will pause for a moment to reflect on a world that is not overly bound by reality, but one that is close to our daily lives, a world that we may all cross and wander into at times.
I feel that the process of making paintings and drawing out ideas in a notebook is a different time frame from the time I spend at work or in my social life, where I limit myself in many ways. I feel that it is similar to the time axis of living with my whole body, in which every moment of my childhood, thinking, feeling, moving my body, and adventures are all integrated into one. I would be happy if the viewers of my paintings would dive into their own time and play with the brushstrokes and the world within the paintings. (From a comment at his solo exhibition in 2021)

This is the season when we have many opportunities to think about our childhood memories and the relationship between ourselves and our surroundings. Why not spread your wings in the world of art as well?

Art Front Gallery also offers a wide variety of other artworks. (Further contact: contact@artfrontgallery.com

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