Urban Landscape Fantasia : Yusuke Koshima

Yusuke Koshima is a Tokyo-based architect and his creative exploration is intriguing. In fact, Koshima is an architect, illustrator, author, assistant professor at Tokyo Metropolitan University and MC for a Japanese TV program J-Architect which internationally provides reports on Japan’s architecture all at once. I believe his wide-ranged activities truly reflect the dramatic change in his life; born in New Jersey, US and grew up in Nara, Japan, Toronto, Canada and Manchester, UK. Before he established his company Yusuke Koshima Architecture Studio in Japan in 2008, he worked at Sauerbruch Hutton in Berlin, Germany for 4 years.

And this time I luckily got to meet with him at his exhibition in Tokyo, “Urban Landscape Fantasia”.

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To collect and summarize Koshima’s creative output is not easy for one post (or one exhibition) but as for his artwork I’ve been impressed with his unique use of mediums and application on his artwork such as silkscreenings, drawings, works on Japanese paper aka Washi for his imaginary monochrome drawings as his latest work; he created the paper by himself and drew landscapes with the combination of Japanese black ink aka Sumi and black marker marrying the images of big city location and nature.










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-Monochome drawings on handcrafted Japanese paper (Washi):

-Silkscreen prinings:

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I have a real passion for architecture. At the same time that I’ve noticed creative output doesn’t have to be represented by one field and I love using my hands to create any kind of designs.” said Koshima — this is the answer to why his work is funky, progressive, inspirational yet impactful.


Yusuke Koshima‘s Exhibition “Urban Landscape Fantasia“ is on view at Gallery Toki-no-Wasuremono on the first floor of Aoyama-Cube located at 3-3-3 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku in Tokyo until Saturday the 20th of September.

4 comments on “Urban Landscape Fantasia : Yusuke Koshima

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    September 19, 2014

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  2. Kurt Brindley ✍ ✄ ✍
    October 15, 2014

    You take really good pictures of pictures. Really dig the shot of the Monochome drawings on handcrafted Japanese paper…


  3. maiko colors
    October 15, 2014

    Thanks so much, I had a lot of fun how Koshima shows the characters of the Japanese paper as well. I love that he’s brought a new perspective of Japanese historical things into something modern…


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