Junko Oki

PROFILE

Junko Oki

With each stitch made meticulously by hand, Junko Oki engraves stories of life onto textiles. Without the guide of an under drawing, the artist free-handedly creates unique motifs and patterns by stitching her fabric, rejecting the structured tradition of embroidery. Although her works display seemingly simple techniques, their instinctive approach awakens a visceral reaction in viewers. Radiating energy, Oki’s sculptures and their room-filling presence extend the boundaries of both textiles and art.

 

Junko Oki was born in Urawa City, Japan in 1963 and is currently based in Kamakura. Oki’s major solo exhibitions include “Truly Indispensable” (Office Baroque, 2019), “JUNKO OKI” (Office Baroque, 2017), and the “11th shiseido art egg” (Shiseido Gallery, 2017). Her works were also featured in the group exhibition “Nous—sewing and living” (21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, 2016). Her art book ‘PUNK’ was published by Bungei Shunju in 2014. Oki’s artworks have been acquired by the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

WORKS

  • Moon and chrysalis 03

    2017

  • Moon and chrysalis 04

    2017

  • Moon and chrysalis 08

    2017

  • Moon and chrysalis 05

    2017

  • Sense and sweetness 02

    2018

  • Sense and sweetness 06

    2018

  • Sense and sweetness 03

    2018

  • Sense and sweetness 04

    2018

  • Sense and sweetness 07

    2018

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BIOGRAPHY

1963
Born in Saitama, Japan
1988
Graduated from Setsu Mode Seminar
Lives and works in Kanagawa, Japan

CV

Solo Exhibitions
2021
“Yobitsugi” KOSAKU KANECHIKA, Tokyo, Japan
2020
“Embroidery” KOSAKU KANECHIKA, Tokyo, Japan
“anthology” Hagi Uragami Museum, Yamaguchi, Japan
2019
“Truly Indispensable” Office Baroque, Brussels, Belgium
2018
“sense and sweetness” KOSAKU KANECHIKA, Tokyo, Japan

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2017
“Moon and chrysalis” Shiseido Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
“JUNKO OKI” Office Baroque, Brussels, Belgium
2016
“gris gris” DEE'S HALL, Tokyo, Japan
2015
“PUNK” DEE'S HALL, Tokyo, Japan / MORIS, Hyogo, Japan / Morioka Shoten, Tokyo, Japan
2014
“Red” DEE'S HALL, Tokyo, Japan
2013
“Zeze Hihi” shima, Aichi, Japan
“culte a la mode” DEE'S HALL, Tokyo, Japan
“culte a la carte” COW BOOKS, Tokyo, Japan
“Tattoo” Gallery B, Kanagawa, Japan
2012
“Outsider” DEE'S HALL, Tokyo, Japan
2011
“poesy” Morioka Shoten, Tokyo, Japan / COW BOOKS, Tokyo, Japan / shima, Aichi, Japan(2011–2012)
“Mental Nourishment” DEE'S HALL, Tokyo, Japan
2009
“Prayer” gallery feve, Tokyo, Japan
“Recycle” ARTS & SCIENCE Aoyama, Tokyo, Japan
Group Exhibitions
2019
“Where We Now Stand—In Order to Map the Future [2]” 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Ishikawa, Japan
2018
"Yamagata Biennale 2018" Bunshokan, Yamagata, Japan
2017
“Junko Oki | Masaho Anotani” KOSAKU KANECHIKA, Tokyo, Japan
2016
“Nous—sewing and living” 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Ishikawa, Japan
“finding Ling-Ling’s head” cookie butcher, Antwerp, Belgium
“8 femmes” Office Baroque, Brussels, Belgium
Public Collections

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan

Awards
2017
The 11th shiseido art egg, shiseido art egg Award

PRESS

EXHIBITIONS

Yobitsugi

5/June/2021 - 10/July/2021

Embroidery

18/July/2020 - 22/August/2020

sense and sweetness

9/Jun/2018 - 21/Jul/2018

Junko Oki | Masaho Anotani

2/Sep/2017 - 7/Oct/2017