October 30 - November 27, 2016
Opening reception: Sunday, October 30, 3-6 pm
Viewing room: YUTAKA NOZAWA
something like a walk in the park
October 30 - November 13, 2016
KAYOKOYUKI is pleased to announce the solo exhibition with Manabe Tomotsugu. Manabe Tomotsugu was born in 1981 in Kanagawa, Japan.
Recently, Manabe presented his work in "12016" at KAYOKOYUKI, Tokyo, 2016, ”80th Anniversary -TAMABI Quality" at Tama Art University, Tokyo, 2015, "12014” at Gell Alterna, Tokyo, 2014, ”Such the our time” Curated by Tomotsugu Manabe at JIKKA, Tokyo, 2013, "Art Program Ome" at Ome Municipal Museum of Art, Tokyo, 2012, ”SLASH/07 -KEEP YOUR EYES SET ON FARAWAY" at nap gallery, Tokyo, 2012. Lives and works in Kanagawa.
In his early period, Tomotsugu Manabe created and exhibited artwork such as an installation where clay was pressed and fixed in layers against the whole surface of an exhibition space, and a three-dimensional artwork where clay was layered as strata, by pressing with hand, into the shape of his hands. Recently, Japanese traditional lucky charms and regional specialty souvenirs have been frequently employed as his motifs. For example, Manabe has created and exhibited a massive Fukusuke (good-luck doll) that is produced to act as a shelter into which viewers can enter, Ebisu (god of fishermen and luck), Daikoku (god of wealth), and a foam sculpture in imitation of a bear wooden sculpture, a typical souvenir of Hokkaido. He has also been interested in production processes deeply rooted in people’s daily lives and indigenous motifs, as can be seen in his artwork of a basket in the shape of ancient Jomon pottery, made of tightly rolled-up advertisement leaflets.