小川移山 Ogawa Izan

“Sectional Images” is my coined word, and it means “a momentary phenomenon/representation in which space-time is embraced.”


Artist Statement

Time flows with space every moment, and momentary phenomena change as a result of dependent origination. It was May in 2015. The moment I started drawing a spiral by dropping Sumi ink liquid on Repel paper (synthetic paper), I felt that the momentary phenomenon created by the spiral was the accumulation of the past, present, and future, including time and space.Read more...
I named one cut "Sectional image", and since then, it has become my lifework.

2019.7.22. OGAWA Izan

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OGAWA Izan
1946 Born OGAWA Masaharu in Nasu Kashiyama City, Tochigi Prefecture.
1968 Private calligraphy school opened. Current expression class
2005 That he met painter Kaoru Tanaka made him aimed for contemporary art
2016- Start of creation of lifework "Sectional Images" work using Repel paper
Awards
1986 Bankou Exhibition Suiken Award (calligraphy) / East Japan Calligraphy Exhibition Associate Grand Prize
1987 Bankou Exhibition Senshikai Award (calligraphy), etc.
Current
Calligrapher / Artist / Expression educator / Representative of Shoshin Gakusha / Unaffiliated
Member of Saitama International Association / CCSC Director / Musashi University
Solo Exhibitions
1987 ~ 2013 Izan exhibition 1 ~ 19
Saitama: Tokorozawa Civic Gallery / Pond des Artistes (Tokorozawa) / Chigado (Tokorozawa)
Tokyo: ORIE Art Gallery (Tokyo Aoyama) / Gallery Miyasaka (Tokyo Ginza) / DieDryFalken (Tokyo Mitaka)
The Czech Republic / Prague: Office of the President of the Republic / Town Hall Tower / Japanese Restaurant MIYABI
2015 Izan exhibition20 “Painter's mind” (ORIE Art Gallery, Aoyama, Tokyo)
2016 Izan exhibition21 "Bodhisattvas of the Earth" (d-lab gallery, Saitama Iruma)
2016 Izan exhibition22 "Sectional Images 2016" (Iriya Gallery, Tokyo Iriya)
2017 Izan exhibition23 "Sectional Images 2017" (d-lab gallery, Saitama Iruma)
2018 Izan exhibition24 "Sectional Images 2018 - Red, Black and Flowers" (d-lab gallery, Saitama Iruma)
2018 Izan exhibition25 "Sectional Images 2018 part2" (Iriya Gallery, Iriya, Tokyo)
2018 Izan exhibition26 "Sectional Images 2018 part3 - Where" (Gallery Rinowa, Tokyo National)
2018 Izan exhibition27 "Sectional Images 2018 part4 -Narrative" (Inariyama Archives, Saitama)
2019 Izan exhibition28 "Sectional Images 2019 Yes or No part1" (d-lab gallery, Saitama Iruma)
2019 Izan exhibition29 "Sectional Images 2019 Yes or No part2" (Gallery Art Point, Tokyo Ginza)
Group Exhibitions
2004-2010
Saitama: Shoshin Exhibition (Tokorozawa Muse) / RENGA (Amigo / Iruma) / Sakai Exhibition (Kinujin / Hanno) / Gate Exhibition (Sengado / Tokorozawa) etc.
Tokyo: Renga (Art Front Gallery, Daikanyama) / A moment in everyday life (Isa Homes Komazawa Housing, Meguro)
Czech Republic: Japanese Culture Exhibition (Prague City Museum) / Wood Event (Krivoklato Castle) / BONSAI 2006 (Czech National Museum Toyokan / Prague), etc.
2011 Painting Now / Art Cafe (Iruma City Museum / Saitama) / Artcom (Saitama Prefectural Museum of Modern Art)
2014 Spring Art Festa (Iruma City Culture Creation Atelier Amigo / Saitama)
2015 "I / I / I" (collaboration with Shin Myongho, Omotesando Gallery, Tokyo Harajuku)
2016 Spring Art Festa (Iruma City Culture Creation Atelier Amigo / Saitama)
2018/2019 Calligrapher's Abstract Expression Exhibition II III (Galley Shimon / Tokyo Ginza)
Shoshin Exhibition (Private School Exhibition)
1971 ~ (Tokyo Ginza Kyukyodo / Tokorozawa Muse / Nerima Cultural Center / etc.)
Custom Order Production
The Peninsula Tokyo / Joan Miyaji no Sato / Ito Kowakien / Kyoto Hotel / Chinzanso / etc.
Cultural Exchanges
Czech Republic (1997-) / Nepal Kingdom (2000) / Elderly welfare facility calligraphy class (2005-)


金森 朱音 KANAMORI Akane

What to see, what to think.


Artist Statement

KANAMORI started learning traditional calligraphy from childhood. She was strongly attracted to avant-garde expressions when she met INOUE Yuichi's works at the age of 18. She is also affected by hardcore punk rock in the same period. Read more...
She entered the calligraphy department of Tokyo Gakugei University, and spent her days totally absorbed in calligraphy.

The impact of the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011 made her thought deeply about her identity and "What should be written." It has become a significant theme in her expression. She seeks for original expressions based on traditional calligraphy. She uses not only Sumi ink and paper but also painting materials such as paints and canvas.

Unlike many avant-garde calligraphers who advance to abstract expression, she sticks to writing "characters." Her characters transform freely as if they were alive and come up from the surface. There are strong thoughts such as doubts and anger towards society in living as a woman and mother. Her expression is so close to her daily life that it is “the living figure itself,” she says. Kanamori will continue her explore as an individual, as a mother, and as an artist.

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KANAMORI Akane
 
1991  Born in Gifu City, Gifu Prefecture. Lives in Tokyo.
Graduated from Department of Calligraphy, Tokyo Gakugei University
 
Solo exhibition
2014  “KANAMORI Akane Exhibition — What to see and what to think” (Gallery Le Deco, Shibuya)
 
Group exhibition
2012  “Feast of calligraphy” (Gallery Voyage, Ginza)
2013  “Feast of calligraphy” (Gallery Voyage, Ginza)
2019  Spiral Independent Creators Festival 20 (Spiral,Tokyo)
 


石井 抱旦 ISHII Houtan

Scattering points, penetrating lines, where there are millions of light swirling, infinite memory of silence


Artist Statement

In 1990, I award the Mainichi Shodo Exhibition Grand Prix. Since then, I stop creating works using large brushes which many people do.
Start creating the series.
I've always pursued the below things in these series.
  • Image visualization
  • Development of materials and techniques
  • Thinking from a different angle
  • New understanding of Japan
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I've created these series on the same desk as writing calligraphy. And these series are related, naturally occurring, and running simultaneously.

- History of my series -
Gate
Between existence and non-existence / the entrances on this side and another side (paper, acrylic paint, mineral pigment)
Space
Images of floating / something that appears between drawing and writing (paper, acrylic paint, mineral pigment)
A line
Fluctuations, protruding things (paper, acrylic paint, mineral pigment)
Polishing
Polishing paper result in a distorted margin space (paper, acrylic paint, mineral pigment)
COSMOS
Techniques for not-writing / unconscious lines / Automatism (PVC sheet)
Surreal-person
Unlikely figure/decalcomania (photographic paper)
Watery Sumi ink
Zen / Stillness / Margins space / reverberations / one side Sumi ink bleeding (Japanese paper)

"COSMOS" Special Exhibition / Feb. 2018 16th New Artist Unit Exhibition (The National Art Center, Tokyo) - 石井抱旦「コスモス」特別展 第16回NAU21世紀美術連立展受賞による(六本木、国立新美術館)2018年2月

"COSMOS" Special Exhibition / Feb. 2018 16th New Artist Unit Exhibition (The National Art Center, Tokyo)
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ISHII Houtan
 
1947  Born in Sagae City, Yamagata Prefecture in 1947. Lives in Chigasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture
Judge member of Mainichi Calligraphy Exhibition
 
Solo exhibition
1990〜 Chigasaki City Cultural Center, Ginza Gallery Shimon, etc. 7 times
2018  16th New Artist Unit Exhibition (The National Art Center, Tokyo)
 
Overseas exhibition
1980〜 Europe Tour, USA Tour, Beijing Exhibition, Berlin Exhibition, Seoul Exhibition, etc.
2013〜 Japan-US Art Exchange Exhibition Kanazawa, Tokyo, USA 3 times
2015  East Asian Cultural City 2015 Gwangju National Asian Cultural Hall of Korea / Invited exhibit
 
Group exhibition
1974〜 Tokyo Ginza Juuji-ya Gallery etc. 5 times
2008〜 Organized "Ten-ten" Ginza Yokyo Hall, Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, Sapporo Continental G, Kamakura Art Center, 3331 Arts Chiyoda 10 times
2009  “Chigasaki Calligraphy Exhibition” Chigasaki City Museum of Art (Special Exhibition) INOUE Yuichi, MIZUKOSHI Bouson, ISHII Houtan
2013  3rd “What is Drawing” Exhibition Competition, Ginza Galerie Shimon
2014  East Asian Cultural City 2014 Yokohama Soujiji
2019  Organized “Bipolar Calligraphy” Exhibition, Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse
 
Award
1989  Keisei Association Exhibition UEDA Soukyu Memorial Award
1990  The Mainichi Shodo Exhibition Grand Prix
2017  15th New Artist Unit Exhibition (The National Art Center, Tokyo) Special Award
 
Public collection
Chigasaki City Museum of Art, Beijing National Museum of Fine Arts (Beijing), Seoul Museum of Calligraphy (Seoul), China Friendship Museum (Beijing) and many others
 
Inscription
2009  “100 people in Kanagawa's history, TOUMA Ryuan, the place of his birth and demise
2010  “Chigasaki City East Coast Elementary School Song” (lyrics by IWATANI Tokiko / composed by KOU Dansaku)