8/April/2023 - 13/May/2023
KOSAKU KANECHIKA is pleased to present “Changeable Sight,” a solo exhibition by Hiroto Tomonaga, from April 8 to May 13, 2023.
Hiroto Tomonaga captures transitory moments in which things he is looking at ever so briefly appear to him as something else, and strives to render this in painting. In his work, this change that occurs before his eyes gradually translates into paint on the canvas, becoming fixed on the surface. While the resulting paintings are fixed, they feel as if they might resume moving once again, and express the sense of helplessness the artist himself feels regarding the world he sees before him.
Upon close inspection, one immediately notices something distinctive about the surface texture of his paintings. At times slick and at others coarse, it shows the artist’s strong fixation with texture. Tomonaga creates a surface that, while not physically thick, possesses depth, building the paint up with the brush, kneading it, or layering it. There seems to be an intensity to the canvas, almost as if it were pulsating or breathing, but also somehow heading towards oblivion, and yet in a way that is by no means subtle. Seeing his paintings with one’s own eyes produces a much more powerful impression than seeing them on a screen.
Tomonaga often writes down words that come to mind or terms that fascinate him in a notebook. When this act extends to his painting practice, the images and ideas in his mind come into being, using the method described above, as something that hovers and wavers, but without taking clear form.
The indeterminate nature of Tomonaga’s art defies language and earthly logic, upsetting the world in which we live comfortable, albeit constrained, lives.
This show presents five recent works. At this time, we cordially invite you to attend “Changeable Sight” at KOSAKU KANECHIKA.
Hiroto Tomonaga “Changeable Sight”
April 8 - May 13, 2023
Opening reception: April 8, 4 pm - 6 pm
11 am - 6 pm
Closed on Sun, Mon and National Holidays
TERRADA Art Complex 5F
Hiroto Tomonaga was born in Saga Prefecture, Japan, in 1997 and is currently based in Tokyo. In 2020, he graduated from the Department of Painting at Musashino Art University, and received a Master of Fine Arts from the same institution in 2022. He has presented in solo exhibitions including “Balance” (gallery Binosha, 2022), “Flashing Point” (GALLERY WATER, 2021), and notable group exhibitions include “FACE2022” (SOMPO Museum, 2022), and “CHANGTING GALLERY PRIZE” (Changting Gallery, 2022). In 2022 he was a finalist for FACE2022, and received a judge’s prize at Art Award Tokyo Marunouchi. This exhibition is his first show at KOSAKU KANECHIKA.