Hisashi Tenmyouya “Transformation”

Mizuma Art Gallery - Ichigaya

poster for Hisashi Tenmyouya “Transformation”
[Image: Black Helmet in the Shape of a Robot (Screen) 2016 Acrylic and gold leaf on wood 150 x 300 cm ©TENMYOUYA Hisashi]

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For his first solo show with the gallery in two years, Hisashi Tenmyouya will present new work created under the topic “Transformation”: a term that in biology denotes the infiltration of external DNA into an organism’s genetic information, thereby altering that organism’s individual phenotype. This form of alteration based upon material composition or origin differs in type from a random, purely natural change. This form of change is, above all, one that symbolizes Tenmyouya’s own unique artistic practice in that, while emulating the concepts and structures of Japanese classical art, the work he creates is not an incidental occurrence, but rather a thoroughly pre-meditated transformation.

In this exhibition Tenmyouya presents audaciously altered visions of a work comprising a pair of six-panel folding screens featuring motifs known as ‘scenes in and around the Capital,’ created by an unknown artist during the Bakumatsu-Meiji Period (the years at the end of the Edo and beginning of the Meiji eras). In addition to one of Tenmyouya’s largest two-dimensional pieces, the show will feature work that transforms into a contemporary sensibility the motifs of traditional Buddhist deity images, as well as the well-known Rimpa school folding-screen piece “Red and White Plum Blossoms.” Also on show will be sculptural pieces which are variants upon the armor of samurai. Finally, for this exhibition Tenmyouya will present his first ever ventures within the medium of photography.

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from January 10, 2017 to February 10, 2017

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