Toru Kamiya “Modest Engagement”

SCAI The Bathhouse

poster for Toru Kamiya “Modest Engagement”
[Image: SC, 2015, acrylic on cotton and panel, 180.5 x 109 cm]

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Making use of the bathhouse gallery space, with its high ceiling, the exhibition consists mainly of large paintings roughly 5 m x 3 m in size. Each of the matte surface paintings has a depth that draws the viewer into the canvas, and unique hues that can be relished. And, when the entire venue is viewed as a coherent installation, the individual paintings seem to overlap and harmonize, as if to evoke a single piece of music. Presenting new paintings, the exhibition is an opportunity to view Toru Kamiya’s latest work.

“Modest Engagement” is a title that epitomizes Kamiya’s art, concepts, and attitude to his work. According to Kamiya, the word “engagement” here refers to how one interacts with a painting or the relationship one establishes with it. He believes that both viewer and artist form such a relationship with the painting, through the act of viewing or creating. Nevertheless, Kamiya sees this as a “modest” relationship, in which intimacy develops over time. The title embodies the artist’s attitude, in which observations on how to relate to each painting are presented in a very moderate manner.



from May 20, 2016 to June 25, 2016


Toru Kamiya



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