GALLERY KOGURE, Tokyo / New York
GALLERY KOGURE is a gallery which introduces artists on the international stage sparing no effort or time in engaging in expression, irrespective of media, and taking as a concept approaching the true essence of things. While it is a given that originality is the lifeblood of artists, even in this context we place a particular emphasis on quality and the subcultural characteristics of artworks.
The “craftsmanship” which bolsters quality is a result of research and discipline, and the originality demonstrated by artists expressing themselves by means of meticulous craftsmanship born of a dedication to the study of old works of art and artisanal techniques is something that will endure through different eras. In addition we believe that the “subcultural characteristics” which are socially and psychologically foundational in art are extremely important as the essence of art which transcends eras.
VOLTA Basel 2018 will exhibit paintings, sculptures and ceramics by four young artists.
Naoya Inose: The theme of Inose's works is mankind. Inose paints using classic techniques, as an intermediary of expression of the desires unique to mankind and beautiful, natural landscapes. Through these landscape paintings, Inose indicts mankind's problems with the world of nature.
Ichitaka Kamiji: Kamiji creates "people" through extreme hyperrealism. It is only in this present day that one can use cutting-edge materials to create anatomically outstanding works that are statues of people from times when there were no photos.
Eriko Kawabata: Kawabata is a ceramic painter who attracts infinite universe to minimum grilled pottery. By traditional technique of Kutaniyaki, it expresses infinite motifs from the limitation of solid-red colored line drawing. Her idea causes that field to grow as a new art which has never been before, each one of which has a very delicate and strong personality.
Yoca Muta: Muta makes a story with ceramics. What she is aiming is "Japonism" seen from contemporary Japanese people. The story expressed by Muta is full of life force, the unique mysterious fluctuation draws in the persons who watch.