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“untitled” 2017, acrylic on canvas, 1,620 x 1,800 mm © Shunsuke Imai. Courtesy of Hagiwara Projects

Opening Saturday, April 15th, 2017, Hagiwara Projects is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new works by Shunsuke Imai. This is his third solo exhibition at the gallery.

Based upon his reflection of the basic elements of painting ̶ colors, shapes, and composition, Imai explores the possibilities of the flatness of the medium and the essence of the “act of seeing” through his painting which is a compo-sition of overlapped stripes and circles with highly saturated colors. In recent years, he has been attempting to extend the possibilities of artistic expression beyond canvas by expanding the range of his activities through collaboration with a fashion brand, creation of large wall artwork by use of printing paper, and production of video artwork employing cloths, etc.

In this exhibition, by going back to his original starting point of flat painting, his new paintings will be exhibited. On the one hand, Imai’s artwork, whose intense picture plane is enhanced by accurate, careful brushstrokes, brings a strong sense of flatness. On the other hand, it makes viewers aware of uncertainty of the act of seeing and brings them fresh illusions through finely selected colors while considering saturation and brightness, as well as the tension between balance and distortion in composition.

Shunsuke Imai “float”
Date: April 15th – May 14th, 2017
Reception: April 15th 18:00 – 20:00
Time: 11:00 – 19:00 (Sunday 12:00 – 17:00)
Closed on Monday and Public holiday
Place: Hagiwara Projects
Address: 101, 3-18-2 Nishi-Shinjuku, Tokyo
Tel: 03-6300-5881

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