Memories / Things at Open Letter

【Japanese version is below; 日本語は下にあります。】

We discover something new every moment of every day that gives a chance we could have an experience never to forget, and it is beautiful. On the other hand, I am magically moved by the pulling power of ‘Sunday‘ that provides a relaxed time just like when we take a blissful nap.

Having opened its door for business since June 2015, the Shibuya gallery Open Letter breaks new ground in the Tokyo’s creative community with its unique and fresh style as a ‘Sunday gallery’ (open on Sundays only). Speaking of Shibuya, people are most likely excited based on the popular image of it provided today through media such as crowds, fast-paced trend, neon lights suspended from tall buildings and scramble cross by the Shibuya station; the gallery’s neighborhood called Sakuragaoka, however, is an exception to charm this area from a different angle with a feeling of the early Showa Era. I believe visitors have not only enjoyed the exhibitions but also been intrigued by the contrast between the gallery’s philosophy and background.

The current exhibition at the gallery is a place to showcase the works of three artists – Nao Osada, Futoshi Miyagi and Akane Nakajima – combined drawing, installation, photography, silkscreen design and text in varying proportions, entitled “Memories / Things”. Incorporating torch press, the Tokyo-based independent book label, for co-curation, the show is so insightful with the title that comes from the ideas of many different kinds of our experience. Each artist possesses their own styles to feature contrasting aesthetics, but their shared energy and the concept described by the artists peacefully come together in the room for interpretation by the viewer; you will make a fascinating discovery.

DSC_0469-Installation view at exhibition “Memories / Things”


渋谷駅を桜丘方面に歩くと着くギャラリーOpen Letterは、2015年6月にその産声を上げた、日曜が営業日の画廊。桜丘のレトロな魅力を代弁するような壁紙や骨組みなどは昔の姿を残したビルの一室で、展覧会は常にリラックスしたムードを持ちながら開催されている。

現行の展覧会「Memories / Things」はギャラリーにとって初となるグループ展。インディペンデント・ブックレーベルのtorch pressを共同企画に招き、得意とするジャンルの異なる3人のアーティスト、長田奈緒氏・ミヤギフトシ氏・中島あかね氏の創作表現作品が1つのテーマで結合するその世界。

あなたの「記憶」に対する概念はどのようなもので、それらを作りあげる原因は何だろう。そしてその物事はどんな温度を持っている(いた)のか。そんなことをふと思わせる。— 例えば長田氏のシャツなどのファブリックを用いたシルクスクリーンプリントにより構成される、材料の質感・メッセージ性を強く打ち出すインスタレーションから、あるいはミヤギ氏の「断片/破片/構造/過程」への強い意識とともに物語性をもって描写される写真作品から、そして中島氏が柔和な色調のトーンと共に常に輪郭変形を感じさせるように描写していく大量のオブジェクトから。多角的で洞察に満ちた展示は、各作家のスタイルや美学を独立させつつ、1つのテーマを共有する彼らのエネルギーと鑑賞者がそれぞれの方法で解釈するための時間をうまくまとめる。日曜日にこの場所で、あなたはまた一つ、素晴らしい発見をするに違いない。-MAIKO

S2T02-Nao Osada, Untitled(Tokyo), 2015, screenprint on panel, 257×182 mm, screenprint on textile, 590×415 mm

12_American Boyfriend_Broken Pieces-Futoshi Miyagi, Studio shot, broken teacup after the earthquake, 2011

1210のコピー-Akane Nakajima, Untitled, 2015, pencil and acryl gouache on paper, 257 × 182 mm

:: Group exhibition “Memories / Things” (co-curated with torch press) is on view at Open Letter, located at #401 17-9 Sakuragaoka-cho, on the fourth floor of Dai-ni Showa Building, Shibuya-ku in Tokyo until Sunday the 27th of March, 2016.

:: グループ展「Memories / Things」(torch pressとの共同キュレーション展示) は、Open Letterにて3月27日(日)までの会期で開催中。ギャラリー情報はこちらをご覧ください。

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