Status: Gallery

Bontaro Dokuyama "Reversing Light"

Saturday, May 22, 2021 ‒ Sunday, June 20, 2021

Born in Fukushima Prefecture in 1984, Bontaro Dokuyama launched into artistic activity in reaction to the Great East Japan Earthquake that struck on March 11, 2011 and ensuing catastrophe at the Daiichi Nuclear Power Station operated by Tokyo Electric Power Co. He has since remained in vigorous action both inside and outside Japan, and participated in various exhibitions, including "Roppongi Crossing 2019: Connexions" (Mori Art Museum, Tokyo) and "Aichi Triennale 2019: Taming Y/Our Passion" (in the Shikemichi & Endoji areas of Nagoya).

His solo exhibition "SAKURA" held at LEESAYA last year is still fresh in all minds. It shed light on the historical stratification and political diversity associated with the cherry blossom ("sakura"), whose use for the "public entity" has changed with the times. For it, Dokuyama unveiled a number of works that were incisive commentaries on themes including national identity, war, economic benefit, and the Olympics. The exhibition was roundly praised.

This exhibition is being held for the purpose of promoting IGENE, a project for a tour of the zone designated as "difficult to return" within the area that was exposed to high levels of radioactivity, to be conducted this summer. Dokuyama first entered this zone in his native Fukushima last year, about nine years after the nuclear catastrophe that occasioned the start of his artistic activities. This experience gave him a keen awareness of how the zone situation, nuclear power, and Fukushima have been discussed by the mass media, society as a whole, and the artist himself on the basis of information that has not been updated, and prompted his decision to hold the tour. He intends to visit various locations together with the participants, with a view to deepening understanding of the current status and pursuing discussion grounded in the realities. LEESAYA endorses these intentions of his and decided to assist the promotion of this tour.

The exhibition will show a video affording glimpses of the tour destinations and a number of new works inspired by "Lemon Elegy," one of the poems in the collection "Chieko's Sky" dedicated to Chieko Takamura, a noted Fukushima-born painter who is a favorite of Dokuyama's, by her husband after her death. It will also offer detailed information on the tour and sell tickets for it.
Dokuyama cannot readily obtain public subsidies for the tour given its nature, and is planning to pay the entire expense himself. We are therefore hoping that as many people as possible will give their approval to and provide some warm support for this project, and urge all to see "Reversed Light," this latest solo exhibition by Bontaro Dokuyama.

毒山凡太朗 個展「反転する光」

2021年05月22日(土) - 06月20日(日)

毒山凡太朗(どくやま・ぼんたろう)は 1984年福島県に生まれ、2011年3月11日に発生した東日本大震災と東京電力福島第一原子力発電所事故をきっかけに、作家活動を開始し、「六本木クロッシング 2019:つないでみる(森美術館)」や「あいちトリエンナーレ2019 : 情の時代(四間道・円頓寺エリア、名古屋市)」をはじめ、国内外を問わず精力的に活動を続けてきました。






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Yukino Miyata Solo Exhibition "Maybe you’re right"
Dates: Saturday, January 16, 2021 ‒ Sunday, February 14, 2021 Open Wednesday to Saturday 12pm – 7pm Sunday 12pm – 5pm Closed on Monday, Tuesday and Natonal Holiday Born in Mie Prefecture in 1986, Yukino Miyata has continued to produce and show works of art, mainly in Kyoto, since her graduation from the Kyoto City University of Arts Graduate School. While her works may appear to be acrylic paintings or drawings at first glance because they have the vivid coloration of the former and buoyant flair of the latter, they are actually all prints. Among the different printing techniques, she applied one classified as intaglio, and used a press to print images that she had engraved, mainly on PVC sheet. Since the sheet lacks resilience to the force applied in printing, it is not possible to make many prints with a single one. As compared to woodblock and copperplate prints, however, it yields a better color from the ink, and the prints made with it are characterized by a distinctive running. Through her works so far, Miyata has built her own ideal community. Just as everyone plays house or has fun with dolls in childhood, the artist has made artworks out of this ideal community as she pleases, like a god repeatedly going through a cycle of creation and destruction. In the process of visualizing landscapes and states that do not actually exist through her works, there was a moment when the artist noticed a resemblance to the scenery in Mie, where she was born and raised. Realizing that everything -- both the dazzling memories and the murky feelings of her adolescence -- were inescapably parts of herself and deeply rooted in her very being, she accepted them and has since continued to take furusato ("hometown") as the theme of her works. Meanwhile, the successive catastrophes in recent years and ongoing climate change have exerted an immense influence on Miyata's works. Seeing someone else's furusato changed forever overnight has shown her that her own, which has remained in existence without any such changes, could instantly disappear at any time. It is to erase this anxiety and trepidation that she is producing art. Through her visualization and fixation, the ideal community of her furusato is transformed into a bigger existence within her. Vases and urns often appear in Miyata's works. Mie, where she was born and raised as noted above, experienced the Ise Bay Typhoon in 1959. This was a storm of historic proportions which wreaked great devastation on an almost nationwide basis, with the brunt borne by the area extending from the Kii Peninsula (on which Mie is located) to the Tokai region. The artist, too, has a deep fear of water which she cannot entirely eradicate. It may be that she is containing her uneasiness about the onslaught of floods of water coming in irregular waves by putting it into her vases and urns, which are consequently reflections of her heartfelt wishes for peace of mind. We are eagerly looking forward to seeing you at Maybe You're Right, the first solo exhibition by Yukino Miyata to be held in Tokyo.