Taipei Dangdai 2023
12/May/2023 - 14/May/2023
KOSAKU KANECHIKA is pleased to present works by four Japanese artists, Yutaka Aoki, Takuro Kuwata, Ataru Sato, and Noritaka Tatehana at Taipei Dangdai 2023.
Yutaka Aoki uses acrylic paint to create abstract works with substantial impasto as studies of light and its organic, three-dimensional qualities. Aoki observes light as a multi-faceted material that grants information on the world and is also an indicator of time. His paintings oscillate between two- and three-dimensionality, and respond not only to materials and production processes, but also to specific elements in their environment, including the relationship with the audience’s gaze, the passage of time, and the nature of the exhibition space. Light imbues his work with an intrinsic richness, providing a visual experience that awakens the natural human senses desensitized by our increasingly digital lives.
Takuro Kuwata has been rapidly expanding the possibilities of ceramic art, creating works of an unparalled nature that have been exhibited globally in Brussels, London, and New York. Kuwata’s contemporary visual language, which utilizes techniques of traditional Japanese pottery such as kairagi and ishihaze in an original manner, has garnered international acclaim. Situated at the heart of Japanese ceramic artistry, Kuwata’s studio in the Mino region of Gifu retains history and techniques dating back to feudal Japan. Inheriting the traditional tea-ceremony aesthetic of wabi-sabi, imperfect beauty and natural forms are celebrated in the preservation of a rustic, unrefined elegance. Through dialogue with the environment, history, nature, and time, Kuwata fuses together elements of tradition and modernity.
For Ataru Sato, drawing and painting are tools to chronicle and interpret the complexity of human life around him, exploring personal themes in strikingly honest and at times provocative imagery. He sees art as being created by people who are alive to express their lived experiences and has no aspiration to create art for art’s sake, art that is novel, or art that seeks to be meaningful. Sato refuses to shy away from fantasies, shame, loneliness, pain, or indulgences, matters that are typically considered indecent or immoral but are nonetheless integral aspects of the psyche. He opens a direct portal into a psychological investigation of his lived experience.
Noritaka Tatehana presents a never-before-seen perspective and worldview by combining elements of traditional Japanese culture with values of the contemporary world. His carefully honed artistry is elegantly expressed throughout his various media. Nurturing the sensitivities of a rich history, mythology, and innovation, the works of Tatehana burst with his potential and hopes for the future. He is renowned for his work titled “Heel-less Shoes,” which is inspired by the elevated wooden clogs worn by traditional Japanese courtesans and attracted global recognition since being worn by Lady Gaga. To date, his works have been collected by institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.
The presentation will consist of approximately 25 works by the four artists.
Taipei Dangdai 2023
Yutaka Aoki, Takuro Kuwata, Ataru Sato, Noritaka Tatehana
May 12, 2023 – May 14, 2023
Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center