[Image: Manabu Koga ”cube”CB002 / 1000×1000]

Manabu Koga “Cube”

Clear Gallery Tokyo


Manabu Koga
This new series, which uses Photoshop editing to place female models photographed underwater inside clear cubes, is inspired by the artist’s childhood fascination with scuba diving, as well as the synthetic, sci-fi aesthetic of the plastic scale models of his youth. Photo editing is an enduring part of Koga’s multimedia oeuvre, as in his previous “Sui-chu Ni-hai” (roughly translated, “underwater high-socks”) series. In one respect, “Cube” combines the artist’s childhood and adolescence (or “shonen”-hood) with his present-day sensibilities, a starting point for Koga’s artistic journey into a new era.

In his exhibition last year at Clear Gallery Tokyo, Koga used Lego blocks to compress various objects, existing in different planes of time, into a singular work. In the works featured in this exhibition, Koga continues to explore notions of extraction and construction, incorporating the tools and aesthetics of modern technology while his works nonetheless remain rooted in the parts of his perspective and worldview that have been constant throughout his life. In blending realism and fantasy, Koga’s works push us to question our own actualities, and we hope this exhibition can help expand our conversations around the possibilities and potential of contemporary photography.


May 17 (Fri) 2019-Jun 15 (Sat) 2019 

Opening Hours Information

Monday, Sunday, Holidays
Until 22:00 on May 25th for Roppongi Art Night.
VenueClear Gallery Tokyo
Location2F Kishida Bldg., 7-18-8 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032
Access2 minute walk from exit 2 at Roppongi Station on the Hibiya line, 8 minute walk from exit 8 at Nogizaka Station on the Chiyoda line.