Seiya Shinotsuka “Old Days”

Ando Gallery

poster for Seiya Shinotsuka “Old Days”
[Image: Seiya Shinotsuka, “Step" (2015) Oil on canvas 45.5x53cm]

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Born in Kumamoto in 1970, Shinotsuka graduated from Tama Art University with a Bachelor’s degree in Japanese Painting. He has previously participated in the group exhibition “MOT Annual 2006: No Border” at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, in 2006; the “Picnic or Recurrent Migration” at the Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, in 2008; the solo show “Seiya Shinotsuka Grasslands” at Tsunagi Art Museum, Kumamoto, in 2014.
After the exhibition at Tsunagi Art Museum, Shinotsuka travelled around Japan for six months. For this exhibition, he painted images that impressed him during his journey.
He says that as he tried to draw forth these images to convert his memories into paintings, he realized that some of the features were lost and local colors or names –elements that the images normally hold– had been lost. As names such as “stone” or “wood” have fallen away, they have been replaced by images of the things that has happened around him or his own actions. Thus a painting with stone motif became “Step” and a painting with tree motif became “Pollen”. While we appreciate his works, we also unconsciously supplement them with our own memories. As this process is constantly repeated, the painting takes on an organic nature and quietly talks to us when we connect with those of Shinotsuka’s memories that are not drawn on the surface.
This exhibition introduces Shinotsuka’s nineteen latest paintings on 45.5×53cm canvases.
The works’ textures are more delicate than his previous works, and in association with it a sensitive shape has appeared, inviting us to self-reflection and introspection.

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from February 02, 2016 to April 30, 2016

Opening Reception on 2016-02-02 from 18:00 to 20:00

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