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Toshihiko IWATA

Born in Kamaukura City, Kanagawa. Iwata graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts (B.A. in Lacquer Art). He has been participating in various solo/group exhibition at contemporary art galleries and spaces such as Radi-um von Roentgenwerke AG, POLA Annex Museum, and Aoyama Spiral Hall (‘SIFC’) as well as at museums in Fukushima and in Kitakata City. He has also been designing labels for sake. His works are included in the private collection at POLA, Mont Blanc and Sato Museum(Tokyo).

Statement
I have been working with lacquer, a technique historically applied to produce items for daily use in Japan, to create artwork using traditional methods.
A series of my work featuring a contemporary take on the classic Japanese motifs such as patterns from nature and samurai family crests have been exhibited not only in traditional venues (i.e. temples and shrines) but also in contemporary museums and art galleries.

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WORKS

GAniYASTUDE (moth and fatsia shrub)

GAniYASTUDE (moth and fatsia shrub)

Lacquer(URUSHI)and blue gold on wood pane

H910×W910×D55mm

2013

2,000,000 JPY (w/o tax)

From the ancient days, stunning designs under the theme of beauties of nature and seasonal sceneries have ornated Japanese crafts or Kogei. The subjects are not only recognizable but also embrace elements of ‘transience’ and ‘pathos’, the unique sensibility held by people of Japan.
For the two works presented in this exhibition, ‘moth and fatsia shrub’ (GAniYATSUDE)and dragonfly and red spider-lily’, I depicted motifs familiar to us Japanese, flora and fauna. For instance, dragonflies, resilient insects that devour pests, are considered to be the symbol for ‘victory,’ while moths which go through metamorphosis from larva, pupa to adult, represent ‘rebirth.’
If the title of the exhibition, ‘This Is Now,’ offers any statement regarding our current situation besieged by corona virus, ‘we shall beat the present state and revitalize the world’ will be my message.

Lacquer was applied since the early Jomon-period (14,000–300 BC), evolving with time.
I wanted to incorporate the traditional technique and vision with contemporary graphic image to create a two-dimensional work, hoping to create art that can revive the dying lacquer culture.
Furthermore, I cherish its sensual and mysterious quality that contains ‘darkness’ described by Junichiro Taniguchi in his essay ‘In Praise of Shadow,’ the restrained quality that differs from the clear-cut sensibility in the west. My goal is to create work that strongly project my Japanese identity.

Locale : 2F ⑪


dragonfly and red spider lily

dragonfly and red spider lily

Lacquer(URUSHI) on wood panel

H340×W145×D25mm

2020

600,000 JPY (w/o tax)

From the ancient days, stunning designs under the theme of beauties of nature and seasonal sceneries have ornated Japanese crafts or Kogei. The subjects are not only recognizable but also embrace elements of ‘transience’ and ‘pathos’, the unique sensibility held by people of Japan.
For the two works presented in this exhibition, ‘moth and fatsia shrub’ (GAniYATSUDE)and dragonfly and red spider-lily’, I depicted motifs familiar to us Japanese, flora and fauna. For instance, dragonflies, resilient insects that devour pests, are considered to be the symbol for ‘victory,’ while moths which go through metamorphosis from larva, pupa to adult, represent ‘rebirth.’
If the title of the exhibition, ‘This Is Now,’ offers any statement regarding our current situation besieged by corona virus, ‘we shall beat the present state and revitalize the world’ will be my message.

Lacquer was applied since the early Jomon-period (14,000–300 BC), evolving with time.
I wanted to incorporate the traditional technique and vision with contemporary graphic image to create a two-dimensional work, hoping to create art that can revive the dying lacquer culture.
Furthermore, I cherish its sensual and mysterious quality that contains ‘darkness’ described by Junichiro Taniguchi in his essay ‘In Praise of Shadow,’ the restrained quality that differs from the clear-cut sensibility in the west. My goal is to create work that strongly project my Japanese identity.

Locale : 2F ⑩

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