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Opening Reception Tuesday 8/16 7:00pm- 10:00pm!!!

!!Live Painting Performance by Takuro Hinokio with live Cello accompaniment by Jasmine Lee!!

Takuro Hinokio – GOKUSAI ~Gorgeously coloured~

Takuro Hinokio travels through his own hidden spiritual world, which is dense, odd, and gloomy. His artworks are produced through this journey, extracting the powerful visual image to the real world.

Born in Okayama in 1979, Takuro was a child who rather played by himself and often hid himself in a reverie. Okayama where he spent his youth, has deep mountains, beautiful rivers, and old shrines. The nature of the land was deeply connected with faith in the spirits, the ancient animism, where one can still feel the presence of goblins and specters. In this environment he nurtured his imaginations and found joys in drawing the invisible world.

He started to study drawings full-bore in the professional school where he encountered with surrealism, the visions and philosophy of which affected him deeply.“Dreams, illusions and fantasies are all part of the real world.”

This word clung to him like the missing piece of the puzzle, and he thought it described his art more articulately than any other words. Around that time, he also encountered with the works of Jan Švankmajer, a Czech animation creator, which gave him strong impressions and great inspirations. In 2000 he moved to Tokyo by himself out of the pure desire wanting more people to see and touch his artworks.

Takuro studiously produces his new works and throws one-man exhibi- tions regularly. His works are not limited to drawings, he also creates installations and often performs live paintings, and creation of a massive batik in the public. He is not hesitant to expand his art fields and tries many new things.

In 2007, he visited Prague, the Czech Republic to see the roots of Jan Švankmajer. In 2012, he took part in the art festival Burning Man, where he could actually feel people really appreciating and enjoying the art and be liberated spiritually by the encounters with the art. It was a great experience for him.

Takuro Hinokio’s journey will never stop, as long as his curiosity and exploring spirit continues to well up.

8/17, WEDNESDAY 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM – 8/21, SUNDAY 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
(By appointment only on Wednesdays)

Ongoing Exhibition:

Mami Ishibashi – ..whispers

Mami Ishibashi is a Japanese female photographer who was born in 1987.

The time she stared photography is when she was a high school student in Tokyo. At very beginning, she started to take photos of her favorite soccer players at a stadium, but gradually she found interest at recording people’s daily lives, cultures, and natures.

After graduated high school, when she was 19 years old, since July 2007 – September 2009 she has been in Australia for studying and October 2009 – April 2010 in South Korea.The life in overseas brings her many surprises, and it naturally made her like to meet and know a lot of people who have different backgrounds. At the same time, she attracted in beautiful natures and cultures that actually make people’s backgrounds.

During the life in oversea, she more devoted herself into photography to record her life in there.

In March 2011, the huge earthquake and tsunami hit Japan. Because of the disaster, she starts to think that photography is not only for recording something for herself but also it have more big meanings when the pictures were shown to others.

From April 2015, she started her career of photographer, and now mainly take photos of families, couples, flowers, and landscapes of the road. She trying to take photographs that show any messages or foundable of someones lives.

8/18, Thursday – 8/28, Sunday
Thursday – Sunday 12:00pm – 6:00pm
Tuesday 7:00pm – 10:00pm
(CLOSED on Mondays & Wednesdays)