Keisuke Shirota “Over”

Maki Fine Arts

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[Image: Keisuke Shirota August 15, 2020 (Nijubashi Bridge) / detail 2020 Oil, enamel paint, newspaper photo clippings on canvas, panel 130.3×194cm]

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Shirota’s works combine photo snapshots with paintings, sometimes drawing fictional images beyond the borders of the photograph and sometimes erasing just the people captured in environmental photos by painting over them. His works have recently been exhibited in his solo show PAINT, SEEING PHOTOS at the Chigasaki City Museum of Art (2019-2020). In Shirota’s first show at Maki Fine Arts, Over will focus on the artist’s new works.

Shirota’s depictions use photographs as medium and are constructed through additions, subtractions, or transfers. For additions, fragments of an image are added. For subtractions, the fragments are eliminated. And for transfers, parts of other materials are copied. In his new work “August 15, 2020 (Nijubashi Bridge),” only the tourists are depicted on the canvas after their images have been selectively extracted from photographs capturing scenes of the Nijubashi Bridge. For the base, photo clippings from several newspapers dated August 15, 2020 have been plastered onto the support medium and painted over with white paint. At close examination, traces of the newspaper layers are visible from the sides.

In the age where photograph and image are often thought as synonymous and the definition of photograph blurred due to the prevalence of social media, Shirota provokes the viewer to look at the substance of the photograph through the process of drawing.



from January 08, 2021 to February 07, 2021


Keisuke Shirota



Venue Hours

From 12:00 To 19:00
sundays closing at 17:00
Closed on Mondays, Tuesdays


Address: 1F, 5-1 Nishi Goken-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 162-0812
Phone: 03-5579-2086

6 minute walk from exit 1 at Kagurazaka Station on the Tozai line, 7 minute walk from exit 4 at Edogawabashi Station on the Yurakucho line, 10 minute walk from exit A3 at Ushigome Kagurazaka Station on the Toei Oedo line.

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