Project N 67 Sho Tanaka

Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery

poster for Project N 67 Sho Tanaka
[image: Sho Tanaka "Graft yourself on trees" (2017) woodcut, oil-based ink, gampi paper, package with coffee beans, dimensions variable, photo by Akira Yasuda]

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Artist Sho Tanaka’s practice centers mainly on the production woodcut prints, exploring the familiarity of wood and the meaning and function of woodcut prints, which wood forms the basis of, in terms of their relationship with the lives of people living in the past, present and future. Tanaka travels around the world following cultural and historical interests, entering into exchanges with all kinds of people and produces work using materials obtained locally. For this “Project N” exhibition Tanaka has taken inspiration from driftwood and produced works using coffee beans that he has come across during his travels and objects that have drifted ashore onto the beach near his atelier. For Tanaka, coffee beans - the seeds of coffee trees - represent trees that are extremely familiar to us, owing to they way they’ve been incorporated into our daily lives. At the same time, these trees also form the background that supports the society, history and natural landscape of various regions. Many traces of human activity can be observed in driftwood, which tells us much about the relationship between trees and humans. With this group of works incorporating woodcut prints, Tanaka invites viewers to communicate actively across space and time, connecting groups of people and bringing civilizations together.

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from 4月 08, 2017 to 6月 25, 2017

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Sho Tanaka

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