COHJU contemporary art, Kyoto

1F COHJU Bldg., 557 Bisyamon-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-0981, Japan



Mio Yamato thinks what she’s trying to comprehend, through constant repetition and simply, intently continuing to draw the same pattern, is the process of how material and form, over time, steadily move forward and change. In the creative process, the continuity of points eventually loses order, and lines before long greatly meander. In the end the image that rises to the top is a projection of the experiences of solitary human being called “me”, and perhaps it is a record of the phenomenon called living.


Shinnosuke Tojo’s works make us think that other people may possibly see different things from what we have been looking at, and despite his works being made of hard and cold metal, something is wriggling on the surface of his works as if it comes to life. He says of his artistic vision, "I focus on something between the objects, create works by tracing the real things that cannot be seen, such as time, life and death,”  and, “Inorganic substances give me organic illusions, and I see death between lives that could be taken as an assumption.”His works peacefully express the passage of time, life, and death, which no one cannot avoid, and also produce different expressive effects depending on the environment. The viewers are drawn into his world unconsciously.

Mio Yamato, Repetition Black Line 6, 2018, Lithograph, 75 x 107 cm
Mio Yamato, Repetition Black Line 6, 2018, Lithograph, 75 x 107 cm
Shinnosuke Tojo, Nenkiki, 2015, Copper plate, rust, 84 x 84 x 1.8 cm