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HAPPENINGText: Alex Hiroki Coles

I would like to introduce some artworks here.

Paintings were created by artist Nozomi Tanaka (Born in 1989). Her works are based on her fieldwork on culture and folklore of Tohoku area where she was born and educated in art.

Hotel Anteroom Kyoto
HARENONOHI, © Nozomi Tanaka, 2012

Her works often depicts many rabbits in different situations and gestures in great details, taking up the entire wall space. It is fun to see her repeating surprises and new discoveries.

Hotel Anteroom Kyoto
None, © Yuta Toshima, 2016

Another interesting piece is called ‘None’ which was created by Yuta Toshima (Born in 1993), a 3D small model figure, with a sculpture attached to its head. The figure showed great details required in this creation.

No Job Series, © Naoki Tomita, 2016

A series of portraits consisted of oil paintings, created by Naoki Tomita (Born in 1983), featured the faces of ‘freeters’ which are young people without any current job in part of his ‘No Job’ series. His technique involves piling up layers so that the paint seems to be scraped up. The thickness of the paint allows it to be exposed and form shadows, giving the images an interesting and unique finish.

The highlight of this exhibition is not just the splendid young and emerging artists’ work. The artworks showcase the creativity and imagination of the artist, ranging a variety of different works from fine art to more abstract pieces. It makes the viewer realises that there is sufficient hope for the future of contemporary art in Japan.

CAF Award Selected Exhibition
Date: November 19th, 2016 – January 9th, 2017
Place: Hotel Anteroom Kyoto
Address: 7 Aketa-cho, Higashi 9 Jyom Minami-ku, Kyoto
Tel: 075-681-5656

Text: Alex Hiroki Coles
Photos: Nobutada Omote
Courtesy of © Contemporary Art Foundation

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