NEWSText: Satsuki Miyanishi

Body and Organs 3, 2013, 68 x 70 cm, sumi and cinnabar ink on paper

Tokyo Gallery + BTAP will present Body and Organs, an exhibition by Sotobayashi Michiko. Body and Organs features a selection of calligraphic works that aim to go beyond the mere meaning of the characters they contain to use calligraphy as a form of artistic expression.

The title Body and Organs is a reference to calligraphic forms (“bodies”) and the transmuting ink that occupies them (“organs”). This exhibition aims to revisit the origin of hanzi [Chinese characters] while at the same time positing calligraphy as a new form of expression in modern art.

In calligraphy, one is guided by one’s hand when understanding the structure of characters and forming a point of view. In “global” art, by contrast, one begins with an objective viewpoint, on the basis of which one formulates the structure of the artwork before beginning the creative process. It is this approach, in which the “eye guides the hand”, that Sotobayashi’s latest experiment is all about.

Michiko Sotobayashi “Body and Organs”
Date: January 11th – February 1st, 2014
Opening hours: 11:00 – 19:00 (Saturday till 17:00)
Closed on Sunday, Monday, Public holidays)
Artist talk: January 11th, 15:00 – 16:00
Opening reception: January 11th, 16:00 – 18:00
Place: Tokyo Gallery +BTAP
Address: 7F, 8-10-5 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Tel: +81 3 3571 1808

Text: Satsuki Miyanishi

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