Last Updated:Jan 19, 2010

Yuka Contemporary Opens

There’s a new gallery in town. TAB was at the opening of YUKA Contemporary and its inaugural exhibition by Kiichiro Adachi.

Photo: James Jack
It was a mysterious night — the sky turned purple at sunset as we strolled by the Kanda River towards YUKA Contemporary gallery.

The gallery space has been newly renovated by friends of the owner in a neighborhood near Waseda University that was formerly renowned for washi (Japanese paper) production.

Photo: Yuka Tsuruno © YUKA CONTEMPORARY

What’s that…? Live birds inside this ball of living plants?
What’s that…? Live birds inside this ball of living plants?
Photo: James Jack

Enjoy a peek at these silent birds’ ball of paradise.
Enjoy a peek at these silent birds’ ball of paradise.
Photo: Yuka Tsuruno © YUKA CONTEMPORARY

The main attraction was this live armadillo-like work that slowly circles around the gallery floor. I couldn’t help feel a bit sad for it on its tether.
The main attraction was this live armadillo-like work that slowly circles around the gallery floor. I couldn’t help feel a bit sad for it on its tether.
Photo: James Jack

But I noticed that the piece has gained colors and sprouted flowers since it was last displayed at ZAIM earlier this year. The artist commented that the new plants came with the change in seasons.
But I noticed that the piece has gained colors and sprouted flowers since it was last displayed at ZAIM earlier this year. The artist commented that the new plants came with the change in seasons.
Photo: James Jack

The artist and the author.
The artist and the author.
Photo: Wrenn Yennie

The owner Yuka Tsuruno and the artist Adachi Kiichiro pose for a celebratory photo. Tsuruno is drawing upon her experience living in New York and wants her gallery to be a crossing point for international artist exchanges.
The owner Yuka Tsuruno and the artist Adachi Kiichiro pose for a celebratory photo. Tsuruno is drawing upon her experience living in New York and wants her gallery to be a crossing point for international artist exchanges.
Photo: James Jack

And don’t forget Adachi’s new works on paper. Displaying natural forms combined with artificial colors, they filled the gallery to the brim.
And don’t forget Adachi’s new works on paper. Displaying natural forms combined with artificial colors, they filled the gallery to the brim.
Photo: James Jack

The opening came to an abrupt halt when the mawari-san rolled up.
The opening came to an abrupt halt when the mawari-san rolled up.
Photo: James Jack

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James Jack

James Jack

Grown in the rocky soil of New York City James Jack was transplanted to Tokyo via a Hawaiian orchid. He is currently a Crown Prince Akihito Scholar at Tokyo University of the Arts researching contemporary art. Jack comes to writing as an artist who regularly shows drawings, photo-based work and installations. His work has appeared in magazines such as Asian Art News, NY Arts, Kyoto Journal: Perspectives on Asia, and M: The New York Art World. <a href="http://www.jamesjack.org">www.jamesjack.org</a>

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