JAPANESE

PROFILE OF ARTIST

Iori Tomita

1983 Born in Saitama Prefecture, and now residing in Kanagawa Prefecture (2016)
2006 Graduated from Kitasato University, School of Fisheries Sciences,  Department of Marine Biosciences
2008 While a fisherman's apprentice in Ofunato City, Iwate Prefecture,
started creating transparent specimen works.
Offical Website http://www.shinsekai-th.com/

Hajime Emoto

1970 Born in Hyogo Prefecture
1995 Received diploma from Tsukuba University Graduate School, Art Research Department.
Until 1999, produced prints (mainly copper engravings and lithographs), then started production of creature specimen works.
Currently focusing on private exhibitions at galleries and exhibitions at museums
Works: "Fantasy Creature Museum Chronicle", "Fantasy Creature Specimen Magazine", "Fantasy Creature Specimen Box", and "Fantasy Creatures Discovered!" (All published by Futosha)

Go Ogawa

1981 Born in Kanagawa Prefecture
2007 Graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts
2009 Received diploma from Tokyo University of the Arts Graduate School
2011 Joined the artists' collective C-DEPOT
2016 April Private exhibition "Ueno Toshogu・Kaguraden Exhibition Kousairikuri"  (Ueno Toshogu・Kaguraden Brilliant, Ueno Park)
June Private exhibition at Art Square, Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi
Offical Website http://ogawago.jimdo.com/

Jun Kamei

1969 Born in Wakayama Prefecture
1981 Became very interested in "Gundam" plastic models, and still is Started making figures from garage kits making
2004 Competed in "Plastic Model King Championship" at TV show “TV Champion”
2005 Private exhibition "Bewitching Aesthetic Dolls Jun Kamei Art Figures Exhibition"
2006 Named his own dolls, "Otogi Ningyo Dolls"
2015 "YOKAI TOUR 2" (Atrium, 25F, Park Hotel Tokyo)
Since then, has had a large number of private and group exhibitions
Currently working as an Otogi Ningyo Doll artist

Aki Narita

1966 Born in Aomori Prefecture.
Came to Tokyo in the second half of her teens, and became an artist on her own using comics, picture books and literature as models. While in her twenties, became friendly with established artists like Eiko Hosoe, Yūtokutaishi Akiyama and Tetsumi Kudo, and absorbed the essence of art. Also worked many times on designing the books of Tatsuhiko Shibusawa and Seiichi Morimura.
In this exhibition, she is presenting new works derived from the Artist Room Geisha Goldfish.

Takehiro Nikai

1980 Born in Aichi Prefecture. Graduated from Kyoto Seika University, Faculty of Arts, in printmaking.
He is a world-class "koguchi" wood engraver who engraves fine images using a burin (chisel with a sharp steel tip) on slices of hardwood trees, such as cherry and boxwood. Received prestigious awards at the Kochi International Triennial Exhibition of Prints and the Exhibition of Japan Print Association. Collections of his works can be found in many museums such as the Zhejiang Art Museum, and Kanuma Municipal Art Museum of Kawakami Sumio.

Asuka Hirata

1978 Born in Aichi Prefecture. Graduated with an M.A. in Art from Nagoya University of Arts.
Philosophically paints bizarre creatures arising from the biological connection between all living things - human, plant, animal, nature... to express her own view of the world.
Exhibited at "Nowhere" (Bunkamura Gallery), and "Recto emotion" (Art Gallery, 6F, Nihonbashi Takashimaya). Many private and group exhibitions in Japan and abroad.

vol. 17 2016 SUMMER EXHIBITION

Ayakashi - Mysterious AquariumExhibition

PARK HOTEL TOKYO 25F ART LOUNGE/ OPEN 11:30AM-10:00PM
[Period] June 20 (Mon) – August 28 (Sun), 2016

[Exhibiting artists]
Iori Tomita, Hajime Emoto, Go Ogawa, Jun Kamei, Aki Narita, Takehiro Nikai, Asuka Hirata

Admission Free / Open daily
(*There maybe occasions due to events in The Lounge when viewing is not possible)

As the 17th ART colours exhibition for enjoying Japan's four seasons in an artistic context, we are presenting AYAKASHI - Mysterious Aquarium.

Once upon a time, more than 400 years ago, "Shiodome" was known as a dam to stop the ebb and flow of the tide from reaching the outer moat of Edo Castle. In order to survive, trapped creatures that could no longer return to the sea transformed and evolved into AYAKASHI (mystical creatures), and now, 400 years on, have been captured as "unidentified creatures" beyond time and space.

In summer 2016, the Atrium on the 25F of the Park Hotel Tokyo will be transformed into an aquarium full of mysterious creatures. Strange creatures swimming at the entrance and on the 30m high wall, unfamiliar colored objects on LED lighted tables, or mysterious ART beings here and there on marble walls and at restaurant entrances....

It's a different space where you can forget the intense midsummer heat. Slip into the mystic AYAKASHI - Mysterious Aquarium, enjoy the special menus and cocktails prepared in collaboration with ART in the lounge, and enjoy a feeling of swimming for a moment.


[Cooperation] Shinobazu Gallery, KATSUMI YAMATO GALLERY, fuyama Art, AIN SOPH DISPATCH, Aoki Gallery, GALLERY TOMURA
[Produced by] creative unit moon
[Video Production] antymark annex