Izuru Kasahara “Loaded”

Gallery Taga 2

poster for Izuru Kasahara “Loaded”
[Image: Izuru Kasahara "Fluffy Limbo/Still Life/Following S.Y./F6" (2017) oil paint and metal foil on canvas, 410×318 mm]

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For the first time in three years, Izuru Kasahara will have an exhibition at Gallery Taga 2. Around 1995, he began to examine “laughter,” the behavior itself, its meaning, and even its very existence. He expressed in his work the many complicated layers of laughter. From around 2006, then produced an ongoing series of drawings in which he drew “laughing spirits” floating in a landscape with a lotus pond, as seen at shrines and temples, where people have traditionally believed the real world encounters the “other side.” In this exhibit, “laughing spirits” drift amongst famous works that mirror “Utsushiyo” (see below). We are invited into the middle realm between the Utsushiyo and “Tokoyo” realms. In addition, the venue presents a collaboration with illumination artist Taira Ichikawa.

*Tokoyo: The forever-unchanging sanctuary. It is believed to exist in the world after death and in the underworld. This is one of two world views in Japanese mythology and Shintoism. The other is “Utsushiyo” (the real, or apparent world).



from October 05, 2017 to October 30, 2017 at 17:00
Closed on Wednesday, Sunday and Public Holidays.

Opening Reception on 2017-10-05 from 18:30 to 20:30


Izuru Kasahara



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