“OHAKO” – ICN Gallery Grand Opening Exhibition London
For it’s grand opening exhibition, ICN gallery is proud to present the exhibition “OHAKO”. OHAKO(十八番)in Japanese means one’s best technique and skill. Using traditional Japanese tea boxes from Shizuoka, Japan – which are also pronounced as OHAKO (茶箱) – each participating artist will express inside an entrusted tea box their best skill, one’s “ohako” enclosed in an “ohako”.
Introducing those who are active internationally as well as spirited new faces, the show features works by 30 Japanese artists who are leading the creative culture scene in Japan today; manga art, photography, architecture, ceramics, fashion, character design, art and more. This special exhibition aims to give London visitors a rare opportunity to experience the unique harmony of the Japanese arts using a combination of tradition and contemporary expression.
Five participating artists are:
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Riusuke’s signature works are his goldfish that look three dimensional but in reality they are two-dimensional, painted with acrylic on layer after layer of resin. The painted layers create a shadow that makes it seem as if the goldfish are actually swimming around. The work could be counted as both contemporary art and contemporary craft.
Letting the motif to extend out of the frame of vessel challenges the traditional dominating relationship of the vessel and it’s motif. Keiko’s work possesses comprehensive techniques of Japanese pottery that will make a believer of anyone.
Ryo Arai is a sculptor who specialises in papier-mâché, the art of shadow. He has inherited the craftsman skills in making traditional toys with papier-mâché, which originates from the Edo period (since the 1600’s). Arai continues to pursue this rare form of craftwork that is under the threat of extinction. His paper sculpture creations are well known as book cover designs for the popular Japanese author Kyogoku Natsuhiko.
Kondo’s works are created by using Japanese washi paper, ink, pigments and pen. By only using the colour black she creates a graphic and catchy pop element of work with a humorous twist.
After working at the ISSEY MIYAKE design studio since 1983, Kobayashi became independent in 1988. In 2001 he received the Ueno no Mori Museum prize at The 24th Japan Ivory Sculptures exhibition. His works are created from a sheet of paper cut out with scissors and folded into three dimensional forms. The theme is the momentary brilliance of life and his works have mythical stories hidden within.
(Images courtesy of ICN Gallery)
“Time for Tea”
A workshop on how to enjoy drinking Japanese tea
Date: 19:00 – 21:00, 9 September 2011
Full List of Participating Artists:
assistant: Megumi Matsubara・Hiroi Ariyama (architects)
Osamu Watanabe (sweets decoration artist)
Takao Sakai (artist)
STUDIO UAMOU: Ayako Takagi (figurine artist)
KIMA (figurine artist)
Yukinori Dehara (figurine illustrator)
Miki Kobayashi (character designer/animation director)
Wataridori project: Tomoko Aso/Akiko Takeuchi (artists)
Nobumasa Takahashi (illustrator)
Masataka Kurashina (custom painter)
Riusuke Fukahori (artist)
Fantasista Utamaro (illustrator)
Outsect: Kazushi Kobayashi (fashion designer)
Shiriagari Kotobuki (manga artist)
Tanaka Katsuki (manga artist)
Paradise Yamamoto (Mambonsai horticulturalist)
Seijiro Niwa (artist)
Takao Aoki (photographer)
Reiko Motohara (ceramist)
Keiko Masumoto (ceramist)
Gen Miyamura (calligrapher)
Mai Miyake (artist)
Kyoei Design: Kouichi Okamoto (product designer/sound producer)
Hideyuki Kume (artist)
Shinnosuke (manga artist)
Sachiho Kondou (painter)
Ryo Arai (Edo Hariko artist)cooperation: gallery Hanakagesho
Daisuke Nagaoka (japanese painter) cooperation: hpgrp gallery Tokyo
Kazuhiro Ishigami (sculptor)
Wabisabi: Kudo “Wabi” Ryouhei/Nakanishi “Sabi” Kazushi (art directors/designers)