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THE MOVING MOMENT WHEN I WENT TO THE UNIVERSE, a major exhibition of new works by Yayoi Kusama, will take place across the Wharf Road galleries and waterside garden. The exhibition will feature new paintings, including works from the iconic My Eternal Soul series, painted bronze pumpkin and flower sculptures, and a large-scale Infinity Mirror Room, created for this presentation, Kusama’s twelfth exhibition at the gallery.
Starting the 12th October and running until 15th December, Adam Isfendiyar will be holding a photography exhibition about the life of an Ainu (indigenous people of Japan) man in Hokkaido. He has been working on this project for over 2 years with Kenji Matsuda, giving an insight into the modern Ainu and the continuing legacy of the recent past since the Japanese took over Hokkaido at the end of the 19th century. It will be showing at The Brunei Gallery, SOAS and entry is free!
SOMETHING NEW – Yuta Segawa Ceramics SOLO EXHIBITION
DATES: 2nd – 22nd November 2018
PRIVATE VIEW: 1st November 18:00 – 20:00
The Sway Gallery London is proud to introduce Yuta Segawa, an incredibly talented Japanese ceramicist based in London.
“In this installation, I will gather together three hundred of my miniature pots, as well as exhibit little painted pots.
I have crafted scores of pots every day since 2013, always keeping miniature pots at the heart of my artistic endeavors. By spending every day working in this manner, I do believe that my miniature pots have grown more and more charming over time.
For this exhibition, I believe it is important to show my miniature pots, which I have improved upon day-by-day, in the same way that I always have… and yet also to display new creations with paint and decorations that I do not always have time to indulge in.
The title of this exhibition is ‘Something New’. Every day I approach my work mindful of searching for new creative ways to express miniature pots.”
Sat and Sun by appointment (buyers only)
*All the artworks will be for sale*
The works presented in Tsuyoshi Anzai’s first solo exhibition in the UK pose questions about the ‘thereness’ of everyday items.
Taking inspiration from the Platonic philosophical assumption of a world of ideas which is hidden from human senses, Anzai attempts to disrupt the way we unconsciously and passively perceive “representation”, by creating a state where the object is suspended somewhere between reality and illusion.
In the series of works ‘distance’ (2016- ), a device invented by Anzai, called ‘New Video Player’, enables viewers to see an object as an illusory video image, although the object is in fact in front of them. Using the mechanism of a camera obscura, this box-like device projects an image of 3D objects onto a screen through a lens. The device produces moving images in a way that is completely different from conventional video-recording devices, since the subject itself, namely the kinetic sculpture, is moving inside the device.
Etymologically referring to the ancient Greek word kinesis (motion), kinetics started being applied to art at the end of the 19th century, by impressionist artists seeking a more rounded representation of the human figure through the use of perspective. In the 20th century, the concept of movement was then applied to objects and three dimensional works.
Intending to put under scrutiny the dualism between representation and interpretation, in the paintings ‘TBD’, inspired by everyday items, Anzai removes the illustrated objects from any context and leaves the viewer free to focus on their pure form.
The chasm between the objective and the subjective also inspired the title of the exhibition, where the term “Jailhouse” alludes to the prisoners of Plato’s Cave, and “Locke” refers to the philosopher John Locke, one of the founders of Empiricism, a philosophical movement which asserts that our knowledge can be acquired only from what we perceive through our senses.
Additionally, the title contains a veiled pun, referencing the Jailhouse Rock song by Elvis Priestley. As with the rocker’ famous dance moves, the movements of Anzai’s kinetic sculptures capture the viewer with their impermanent choreographies.
Breaking free of what the artist defines as the “modern disease of the subject/object distinction created by Descartes”, Anzai’s works challenge the visitors to look beyond simplifications and into the intertwined complexities of our modern world.
Image: distance #003-5, 2017, Installation View at the Pohang Museum of Steel Art, Pohang, South Korea © Tsuyoshi Anzai
Daiwa Foundation Japan House
13/14 Cornwall Terrace
London NW1 4QP
Nearest Tube: Baker Street
World Rugby Museum adult ticket £12.50. Concessions available.
Maak, the UK’s leading auction house devoted to modern and contemporary ceramics, presents their 2018 sale with a dedicated auction of fine Sake Ware.
‘The Art of Sake’ brings to the market a collection of over 85 sake ware drawn from a single, esteemed Parisian collection. The vessels include works by leading names from the Japanese studio ceramics tradition including Hamada Shoji, Kawai Kanjiro, Kakurazaki Ryuichi, Abe Anjin, Suzuki Goro, Ono Kotaro, Yoshikawa Masamichi, Wada Morihiro.
To celebrate this rare opportunity to view such an exceptional collection of sake ware, Maak will host a special Sake tasting in partnership with the British Sake Association on Tuesday 20 November. This dedicated sale represents the final pieces offered from this astonishing Parisian private collection of over 250 Japanese ceramics.
NORIYUKI MISAWA Solo Exhibition
-A Japanese Shoemaker’s Crazy Creations-
Dates: 3rd – 7th December 2018
Late Opening: Thursday 6th December 11:00 – 20:00 (Drinks will be served from
17:00, RSVP https://bit.ly/2Rw6Igi)
Noriyuki Misawa is one of a new generation of bespoke luxury shoemakers from Japan. Tokyo based, his shoes are favoured by an international clientele, including the likes of Spike Lee and Park Chan Wook. Noriyuki Misawa has also become a selected shoe-maker for the Japanese Imperial Household: an extremely rare honour for someone so young. In addition to custom wearable shoes, Noriyuki Misawa also makes non-wearables, such as avant-garde, sculptural pieces.
“I was largely captivated by the functional ‘formative beauty’ rather than the utility of shoes. I strive to continuously evolve shoes as an art with both my skills and my ideas. In the long journey seeking out the best materials from everything around me, I became strangely attached to abandoned things. From this was born the idea to create shoes with iron scrap. The process to impregnate corrosion in leather is very difficult. Simply making the basic materials took a good deal of time and necessitated the advice of specialists. The result is perhaps the world’s first shoes with corrosion processing. I am very happy to unveil this work at my solo-exhibition in London.”
2010 Germany, International Efficiency Contest of Shoemakers ‘Gold medal’ and ‘Honour prize’, two awards.
2015 The 33rd Japan leather crafts exhibition ‘Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Minister Award’
2013 Japan leather crafts association member
2014 Solo exhibition, Arai Gallery, Tokyo (Japan)
2015 Invited to a shoemaking school in New York as a guest instructor
2017 Exhibition at the InterContinental Carlton Cannes, coupled with the Cannes Film Festival
2017 Solo exhibition in Chelsea, New York City
2018 Becomes a special lecturer at TaF.tc, fashion school in Singapore
2018 Solo Exhibition, Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Centre, Tokyo (Japan)
(THU till 20:00 exceptionally)
“I’m with you” by So Fujii and Natsuki Tsukagoshi
DATES: 12th – 22nd December 2018
PRIVATE VIEW 13th December 18:00 – 20:00, RSVP https://bit.ly/2Tce7mR
Following the great success of ‘The Pets You Love’ by illustrator So Fujii, the Sway Gallery London is delighted to announce the opening of ‘I’m with you’, an exhibition where So Fujii teamed up with Tokyo-based icing artist Natsuki Tsukagoshi to deliver a new view of ‘The Pets You Love’, using different materials, yet following the same theme.
This exhibition is divided into two parts
The first part has Pets as the main theme. The two Japanese artists gathered pictures of pets on different social media, and they worked on a unique project, creating two portraits of the same pet, one as an illustration, the other as an iced biscuit. They brought this project to the Sway Gallery because they wanted to share the feelings of the pet owners (love, happiness, joy, sometimes frustration and even sadness).
The second part will take us into the world behind the creation of the picture book ‘I’m with you’, the story of a girl who gets lost in the woods and meets all kinds of strange animals.
This is actually an unprecedented collaboration among three artists, So Fujii, the illustrator, Natsuki Tsukagoshi, the icing artist and Kanako Noda, the writer. The original artworks from this picture book are absolutely special, an exceptional combination of different media that will charm people of all ages.
*The copies of the picture book will be available to purchase at the Sway Gallery.
Illustrator, born in Toyama, Japan. Currently based between Tokyo and his hometown Toyama.
The main themes of his drawings are animals, plants, foods, fruits and vegetables. He uses a multitude of lines, beautiful colours and his technique includes a lot of details.
Icing artist, born and raised in Tokyo.
She started her carrier as a pastry chef, and her artistic talent brought her to the world of icing art. She holds regular exhibitions in Japan and her iced biscuits not only are used in photo shootings for magazines but they are also highly requested by celebrities as bespoke pieces of art.
She is the official instructor for Snoopy’s icing workshops in Japan.
SAT 15th DEC 12:00-18:00, 22nd DEC 12:00-16:00
SUN by appointment (buyers only)
JAPAN IN LANDSCAPE by Matthew Phinn
DATES: 11th – 29th January 2019
PRIVATE VIEW: Thursday, 10th January, 18:00-20:00; Artist talk at 19:00
MATTHEW PHINN X TRAVELER’S COMPANY
Traveler’s Company workshop event in collaboration with the London-based watercolour artist Matthew Phinn.
DATE: Saturday, 19th January, 12:00-18:00
This exhibition is a collection of watercolour paintings celebrating the diversity and beauty of Japanese landscape. Matthew integrates Japanese brushwork and aesthetics with a traditional English water colour technique.
Matthew was born in Yorkshire and studied Fine Art at the University of Leeds and the University of California. He went on to spend six years as an artist in residence in Japan and Bermuda. Matthew has exhibited with The Royal Society of Marine Artists, The Royal Institute of Oil Painters, The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition and The Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, where he has won the Matt Bruce Memorial Prize in 2015 and the Anthony J Lester Art Critic Award. In 2012 he won the prestigious Bath Prize and since 2011 Matthew has been a permanent member of Japanese Watercolour Society, with which he exhibits annually.
Matthew lives in London with his wife and two children, but he visits Japan every year and always stays in Hiroshima. Since he left nine years ago, his old painting class has continued in his absence and still exhibits every year. He tries to make sure he is there for the exhibition and continue to do painting courses while he is visiting. Back here in London, he has been teaching in the local Japanese community in Acton and Ealing.
Although he doesn’t intentionally set out to create a mutual understanding between Japan and the UK in his paintings, we can easily recognise that this is an integral part of his work. In terms of subject matter, he is constantly exploring Japanese and English themes and inevitably his time working as an artist in Japan has greatly affected his paintings. In terms of materials, he has for a long time used Japanese “Nihonga” brushes with his English paints and paper. He also experiments with painting on Japanese washi paper, some of which will be on display. With regards to technique, he has been greatly influenced by the approach to craft that can be seen across all Japanese art forms, from the wonderful pottery, calligraphy and hanga prints to the gardens and architecture. He has been lucky to have studied sumie ink painting in Saitama prefecture for two years, encouraging him to incorporate the idea of “yohaku”, or blank space into his paintings and the dimensions of his work often confirm to Japanese paintings and prints.
SAT 19th January 12:00 – 18:00
*ALL THE ARTWORKS WILL BE FOR SALE*