Tomiyuki Kaneko “Savage Deities”

Mizuma Art Gallery - Ichigaya

poster for Tomiyuki Kaneko “Savage Deities”
[Image: Tomiyuki Kaneko "Kuraokami" (2016) Japanese Ink, pen, Japanese Paper 230 x 480 cm]

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Since his childhood, Tomiyuki Kaneko has held a deep interest in the spiritual worlds of local folklores. Attracted by the atmosphere of Japan’s Tohoku region, he studied Nihonga (Japanese-style painting) at Tohoku University of Art and Design. With a focus on yokai, spirits and deities, in his practice he continues to develop the materialization of spiritual existences that cannot be seen with the human eye, working from a base in Yamagata, also of the Tohoku region.

In 2015, Kaneko resided in Cambodia’s Siem Reap region, best known for the Angkor Wat temple, as a participant of the Japanese government’s Study for Upcoming Artists program. There he encountered sculptural art from the Hindu, Theravada Buddhist, and animist traditions, inspiring him to amass a number of sketches and other works. His work was used as the main visual image for the National Art Center’s recently concluded and highly acclaimed Domani exhibition.

“Savage Deities” focuses upon the Japanese dragon deity Kuraokami said to govern over water. Kaneko challenges himself, by the manifestation of their mighty power, to create physical materializations of these deities as objects of his reverence. The exhibition features a small space like that of the artist’s atelier and the sketchbooks forming the background of his practice.

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from 4月 05, 2017 to 4月 28, 2017

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Tomiyuki Kaneko

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