Evolution-2015- Group Exhibition

Exhibiting Artists: H.K, Hiroshi Mori, Kojiro, Kaya Yaguraya, Kayoko Kimura, Ken Matsuyama, Kohei Yamada, Shoichi Tsurukawa,Tatsuhito Horikoshi, Taizo Kuwahata, Yuma Toko

Exhibition Duration:2015/12/05(Sat)-12/28(Mon) 11:00-19:00

Exhibition Venue: Kinosho Kikaku

Opening Reception:2015/12/05 18:00 – 20:00

Kinosho Kikaku is delighted to present our annual group exhibition “Evolution -2015-” from December 5 to December 28, featuring artworks of eleven emerging artists.

It is said that the most ancient form of Art is petroglyphs, followed by rock engravings. As human civilization gradually progresses, the form of art has transformed and evolved from rock engravings to today’s contemporary art,  from two dimensional paintings to scupltures, body performance, multimedia installations and other kinds of formations. Such history of Art is also a history of artists’ evolution. It is their endless creativty, continueous determination and commitment that made art the way as it is today.

In 2014, Kinosho Kikaku presented the very first group exhibition “Reborn” at our new gallery space to celebrate the new beginning of Kinosho Kikaku and our artists. This time, we decided to name our annual group exhibition “Evolution” as a continuation of last year’s show, as well as a record of the growth of Kinosho Kikaku and artists.

We sincerely hope that you can enjoy it.

Poor Kitty ‐ Toko Yuma Solo Exhibition

Exhibition Duration | 2015.11.07 (Sat) – 11.28 (Sat)

Opening Reception | 2015.11.07 (Sat) 18:00 – 20:00

Kinosho Kikaku is delighted to present to you Toko Yuma’s solo exhibition – Poor Kitty.

In the ancient fable of the zodiac, The Jade Emperor ordered that animals would be designated as calendar signs and the twelve that arrived first to the meeting in Heaven would be selected. Animals were all very excited about the news. The Rat, who was smart and witty, hopped on to the Ox’s back, who began his journey to the Heaven early, and managed to arrive in Heaven the earliest thus became the first animal of the twelve zodiac. The Cat, on the other hand, believed  in the rat’s lie and thought the date of the important meeting was the second day of new year. By the time he arrived, it was already too late. He was not able to make it into the cycle. His anger at the rat has lasted through the ages, and they are still mortal enemies.

Toko Yuma took on the imagery of the infamous ancient story and collaborated it with one of the most well-known games—musical chairs. By putting the spotlight on the poor kitty, Yuma successfully illustrated an exceedingly theatrical world with rich sense of humor as well as humanistic connotation.

The twelve animals of the zodiac circle subverted the stereotypical image in the ancient fable and transformed into voluptuous young girls with sexy costumes. The glorious smile on their face renounces their victory in the game. The cat, without a chair, finds itself standing alone in the middle of the circle, loathing for its own mistakes.

In today’s extremely competitive society, similar scenerios happen almost everyday in our daily lives. It is as if we are forced to participate in an endless race of success from the minute we are born, competing against everyone around us for the final triumph. Just like a grand version of the musical chair, one small mistake can easily ruin the chance of winning.

The poor kitty tried its best, yet still failed to success because of its carelessness. We might all have experienced the similar feelings of disappointment and frustration at some point of our life. It is the moments when we could not help to blame ourselves for our own mistakes that caused all of the effort down to drain. Yet the only thing we can do is to stand up again, brush off the dust, and fight for the chair that belongs to us again.

Life is like a game. There is anticipation and excitement, as well as fear and disappointment. But Toko Yuma tries to convey us that sometimes it is alright to experience the unpredictable flow of life with positive attitude and a sense of humor.

The extravagant use of colors and lines and the humorously portrayed yet theatrical world of view she composed in her artworks can also be seen as the energy she has gained from the various experiences of life. Not only did she internalized the energy, but also granted it a brand new life with vivid imagination. We sincerely hope you can enjoy Toko Yuma’s world of fantasy and also get a taste of her unique view towards life.