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Art Exhibition: Mai Miyake “Dead Angle”

Date: 4th – 27th October

Venue: ICN gallery 96-98 Leonard Street; London EC2A 4RH

ICN gallery is proud to presents “Dead Angle” by artist Mai Miyake who has been chosen as one of the 10 female artists who are active in the Japanese contemporary art world. This is her first solo exhibition in the UK. What is the remarkable of her work is the use of Classic literature formats and stories, expressing Japanese traditional aesthetics in the modern sense by reconstructing them cynically and humorously, We hope the audience will enjoy the latest expression of Japanese contemporary art.

Out line of the Exhibition:

By replacing Japanese traditional aesthetics with the modern sense, Mai Miyake pours sensitive observations to various events of various sizes in our daily lives and expresses it delightfully. Her piece reconstructs the format of Classic literature and the story sometimes cynically, and sometimes humorously, which embodies Japanese aesthetics of “God (beauty) is present in the details”. There are many information and stories that are easily missed. For those who stopped to observe the cute characters and animals that appear in the frame will receive a small signal from her that will allow you to explore the deep meaning behind it. The theme behind the exhibition is “Dead Angle”, which has been Miyake`s long-term exploration. It will feature approximately 30 pieces including Hanikamu Series that has the message that depending on the perspective or the way things are perceived, it will reflect a different world, a new Ukiyo-e that was made possible by the collaboration with Adachi Traditional Block-Print Technology Preservation Foundation, a new porcelain piece made possible by the collaboration with a workshop in Mikawachi of Nagasaki prefecture, as well as other installations. There will also be an artist talk regarding Japanese culture and aesthetics, which is the essence of her production.

“The Seven Tales of a Cat”

About Mai Miyake:

Born in Yokohama. Self-educated. Began as a writer in 2001. Although her work is based on original Japanese taste, there is good use of the space exhibited and is dynamically and sensitively presented. Her activities range extensively as her work is not only exhibited in picture galleries, art galleries or art fairs, she has also collaborated with corporations including Ginza Mezon Hermes, Takashimaya, Mori Arts Center, and has also designed book bindings etc. From 2008-2009, with a sponsorship, Miyake transferred to Ecole Nationale superieur des Beaux-Arts. In 2011, under the name, Miyama Kei, her first short stories collection, “Oyasuminasai. Yoi Yume Wo” (Good night. Sweet Dreams) was published by Koudansha.

What is remarkable about Miyake Mai as a contemporary artist is how freely and unhesitatingly she moves among different genres — traditional Japanese painting, craftwork, and commercial art (advertising, graphic design, etc.). For her, “contemporary art” is not a chronological division corresponding to art work of today.[…] What deserves our acclaim, however, is not her orthodox approach to contemporary art, but her rekindling in the skin-and-bones of contemporary art the feel and memory of qualities inherent in Nihonga Japanese-style painting and craftwork — the refinement of things through designs and products, and the power to transmit a message to others.[…] Miyake, too, sometimes works in fields in which she involves herself with communities and people, and by doing so she aspires to a new development of “contemporary art” that they will enjoy, especially those mature enough to know how to appreciate the value of things.

“The Story Begins”

Artist Statement:

Whenever I am working on a piece, I feel like I am making something that cannot be touched using our physical existence or an object as medium, and trying to create a work in order to visualise the invisible. I am also fascinated by the things that cannot be touched by hand, things that cannot be visualized, as well as creating or nullifying bodies or objects.

Therefore, instead of the things you can see or touch, I have always had an interest in the emptiness that did not seem to exist. Although it feels like there is nothing, as if there really is nothing, when you strain your eyes, uncountable things become visible. As in Japanese paintings, the main feature is not in the part filled with strokes, but the part where it is not. Just like a human heart or a house, it absorbs most things especially when it is empty, and tries to possess it.

About ICN gallery:

Connecting the creative world from Asia

ICN gallery is contemporary art gallery based in London that actively seeks to showcase and share with the UK public upcoming & young contemporary artists from Japan and other Asian countries. Neither seeking to imitate the West nor call for a return to pure tradition, the ICN gallery artists’ works present messages on today’s dynamically changing world of Asia. Producing works of pure creativity, they expand beyond established art boundaries, incorporating the ideas of art, culture and philosophy with originality and skill.

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  1. December 9, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Good explanation and photos, Perfect Japanese Design.
    by the way i have seen a gallery in Paris, which has nice japanese art pieces
    check it out thanks….


  1. February 15, 2013 at 3:54 pm
  2. March 21, 2013 at 10:29 am

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