TEZUKAYAMA GALLERY, Osaka
Tezukayama Gallery is proud to present two Japanese artists — a young sculptor from Osaka and a master painter of geometric patterns from Hiroshima.
Yoshiyuki Ooe was born in 1980. A graduate of Seian College of Art and Design who began his career as a painter then later focused onto sculpture. In his work, Japanese schoolboys in gym uniforms are often used as motifs, which gradually had become a trademark of Ooe. The detailed manga-like work is a reminiscence of childhood with a fascination of life and death. The addition of the oversized skulls and animals to the art piece compliments the strange, whimsical world of the artist, are inspired by the artist’s interest of Souvenir Jacket embroidery patterns. Ooe’s first ever exhibition in Europe in 2016 turned out to be a tremendous success.
Moriyuki Kuwabara is a minimal artist born in 1942. He graduated from Nihon University College of Art, which during the course had begun exploring grids and multi-layered shapes. Using simple tools such as a ruler and compass, he produces work with circular motions repeated over a grid. These works are precisely and intricately created using acrylic or ink, which at a glance, may seem like they are completely machine or even digitally produced. The congestion of the captivating fine lines make up a shape that provides a feeling of zen, yet when looked at closely, are electrically pulsating and bouncing out of the surface.
The two artists are very much in contrast in terms of genre, style, and age group — one being playful and wild with imagination, while the other is calm, disciplined and in-depth. It is very exciting to see how such juxtaposition will have an impactful presence in this upcoming event.