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[EXHIBITION] Toshiyuki Nanjo's solo exhibition in Seoul in November

Japanese photographic artist Toshiyuki Nanjo's first overseas solo exhibition will be held in Seoul, Korea in November.

Nanjo has been in recent years working on creating photographic works that capture the traces of sunlight reflected on water surface such as river or stream. Through his stoic but sensitively beautiful works, he poses fundamental questions related to our perception, vision, and understanding. We hope that this show will throw a fresh light upon the entangled relationship between photography and our act of seeing.

The venue, Space O'NewWall, is an emerging, independent alternative space in Seoul.

Venue: Space O'NewWall, Seoul
Date: November 10 - December 9, 2012

Opening reception / Artist talk: November 10, 2012, from 5pm

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[DEMADO PROJECT] vol.5 Kaori Tanaka "Moonlight Mountain"

The 5th exhibition for DEMADO CONTEMPORARY ART PROJECT will showcase the work of Kyoto-based painter Kaori Tanaka.

Tanaka's main source of inspiration is traditional Japanese gardens, typically seen in Zen temples. For this show Tanaka draws the motif from the famous Ginkaku temple (Silver Pavillion) in Kyoto and the moon-viewing platform in its garden, and creates a three-dimensional display within a frame of Demado window gallery, making the view somewhat reminiscent of a Tokonoma alcove. The work will be put on display from June 23rd through August 19th, 2012.

The artist will be present at the opening reception on June 23rd, from 5:00 pm. Handmade accessories created by the artist will also be exhibited and sold at the reception.

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[EXHIBITION] Group exhibition "Building a Castle of Sand (or Braeking It)" in Seoul in February

A group exhibition titled "Building a Castle of Sand (or Breaking It): Art from Aichi" will be held at Next Door Gallery in Seoul in January 2012.

This exhibition will showcase the works of four artists, Hisashi Kurachi, Ayako Kurihara, Nobuyuki Osaki, and Noriyori Shirakawa, all of whom are either once studied at the Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music, or currently teach at the University as professor or lecturer.
Through this exhibition we aim at introducing contemporary art from Aichi in Seoul, where they receive art-related information mainly from Tokyo, showing the dynamism and diversity in Japanese art scene, as well as opening up a new channel of information of art education between art education in Japan and Korea.

These four artists share a keen sensitivity towards "uncertainty of reality" or "unreality of what can be seen," and the phrase in the title "castle of sand" represents their basic attitude of facing the world or the illusion. We hope that this exhibition will play a role in redefining the relationship between"virtuality" and "reality" that is inherent in visual art.

"Building a Castle of Sand (or Breaking It): Art from Aichi"
Venue: Next Door Gallery (Seoul)
Date: January 26 - February 12, 2012
Artists: Hisashi Kurachi, Ayako Kurihara, Nobuyuki Osaki, Noriyori Shirakawa

Opening Reception & Artists' Talk: January 26, 2012, from 5:00pm

[EXHIBITION] "Gold Experience 2: in Nagoya & Komaki - Homage to the Golden Tigerfish"

In March, a group exhibition titled "Gold Experience 2" will be held at the Satellite Gallery of Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music in Nagoya. This show is a second edition of the one held in 2010 at Hyun Gallery in Seoul with 6 artists from Japan and Korea. This time, 7 artists' works will be exhibited.

Different techniques as well as cultural/aesthetic meanings and implications have been developed in the East and the West as to the use of gold leaf in painting. By showcasing the paintings of contemporary Japanese and Korean artitsts and examining a wide range of variety in techniques dealing with gold leaf as well as subjects matters, this exhibition aims at highlighting the important but often overlooked aspect of technique and material in contemporary art, and painting in particular.

In additioin to the main exhibition in Nagoya, we will also organize a two-day special exhibition at Jokaiso (former Takeuchi Residence), old townhouse in Komaki City nearby Nagoya, on March 10th and 11th. We are planning a reception party and event on March 10th at Jokaiso, which is a unique fusion of traditional Japanese and European architectural styles.

"Gold Experience 2: in Nagoya & Komaki - Homage to the Golden Tigerfish"
Venue: Satellite Gallery of Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music, Nagoya / Jokaiso (former Takeuchi Residence), Komaki
Date: March 9 - 18, 2012 (March 10 & 11 at Jokaiso)
Artists: Ryoko Kimura, Noriyori Shirakawa, Masako Yasuki, Takuro Noguchi, Hyunjoo Park, Ho Han, Chion Lee

Opening reception:
March 9, 2012, from 5:00pm at the Satellite Gallery of Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music
March 10, 2012, from 1:00pm at Jokaiso (former Takeuchi Residence)

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[ARTIST] Masako Yasuki will participate in a group show at Kyoto Seika University Gallery in January

Artist Masako Yasuki will participate in a group exhibition, titled "Inverse Perspective Project #0: Landscape" at Kyoto Seika University Gallery Fleur, to be opened on January 16, 2012.
This exhibition deals with the theme subject of "relationship between humans and landspape," involving not only visual artists but also reserachers and experts in various academic fields.

HRD Fine Art cooperated on this project through translation of the texts for the exhibition catalogue.

"Inverse Perspective Project #0: Landscape"
Venue: Kyoto Seika University Gallery Fleur
Date: January 6 - 21, 2012
Artists and participants: Etsutomu Kashiara, Nagahiro Kinoshita, Keisuke Sugiura, Hiroyuki Tsubomi, Keita Hayashi, Minoru Morikawa, Masako Yasuki, Nobuo Yamanaka, RAD

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