KEN NAKAHASHI is pleased to announce “Star Tale”, a group exhibition featuring 10 gallery artists, to be held from January 13 (Fri) until February 4th (Sat), 2017.
Yukimasa Ida, Shinji Ihara, Yasushi Ebihara, Erik Swars, Mihoko Ogaki, Sabrina Horak, Cendrillon Belanger, Kuta Takashima, Mariko Matsushita, Ren Hang
Born 1972 in Montreal and moved to Paris in 1990. She studied sculpture and multimedia at L’Ecole des Beaux Arts de Paris with Tony Brown and Jean-Luc Vilmouth.
For almost twenty years, Bélanger has worked on performing the self-portrait. She has participated in numerous exhibitions in Europe, Asia and North America. In Japan, her works have been exhibited in “Yokohama France Vidéo Collection 2010: Regard Étrange Étranger” at Yokohama Akarenga / Red Brick House, and in the group show ‘We don’t have to take our clothes off’’, at Geikou Shinjuku in 2014, and her first solo exhibition in Japan “Blonde Venus” has held at KEN NAKAHASHI in July 2017. She lives and works in Paris.
- "Photomaton - 20 years of Photomaton's series" SOME/THINGS S/TUDIO, 2014
Erik Swars studied under Jochen Plogsties in Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle and graduated in 2016. He also studied from O JUN in Tokyo National University of the Arts from 2013 until 2014. He first were working the geometric landscape full of screen with vivid colors, reminiscent of the surrealism and metaphysical paintings such as New Leipzig School or Giorgio de Chirico. In the process of continuing production with his master Jochen Plogsties, in recent years his works have been becoming more minimalistic like Suiboku-ga style. “Painting capturing the moment” could be said as his work, on the multiple-layered surface made with gesso and opaque watercolor gouache supporting the various expression struck with dark blue oil painting, not to dare to paint until he is satisfied in painting his subconscious thoughts, to leave the instinctual strokes of the brush unchanged, the strength sharpen and soften and the dryness of the brush. Swars uses the image sources that he finds on a catalog of the old master paintings, or the images on the Internet. He avoids the distinct frontal nature, he draw out a spread image that leads the viewpoint in various directions.
Born 1988 in Yamanashi prefecture. Lives and works in Tokyo.
2011 B.F.A. in Art Management at University of Yamanashi.
Takashima received an Honorable Mention Award in Canon New Cosmos of Photography in 2012, and in 2016 at the same award he got an Excellence Award (Selected by Hiraki Sawa).
Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts has selected Takashima’s works as part of its “Young Portfolio” in 2014 and in 2016.
- "Zawatsuki" published by matchbaco, 2014
- Interview with Kuta Takashima | ODALISQUE magazine
- Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Art | Young Portfolio Acquisitions 2016
- New Cosmos of Photography | Kuta Takashima 2016 Gallery
Born 1980, in Osaka.
B.F.A in oil painting from Kyoto City University of the Arts in 2004. Lives in Tokyo.
Her solo show has been held twice at KEN NAKAHASHI, “MARIKO” in Oct. 2015 and, “IDO” in Oct. 2016.
Matsushita received Grand Prize for the "2nd CAFAA" Award in 2016, organized by the Contemporary Art Foundation.
- July - September, 2017: Delfina Foundation, London
- "MARIKO" published by matchbaco, 2015
- pays des fees, 2017
- Acha Tyumu, 2017
Born 1973 in Toyama prefecture. Graduated Aichi Prefectural University of the Arts with a major in oil painting in 1995. Graduated from the German National Kunstakademie Düsseldorf in 2004. In 2010, she moved to Tokyo. Has shown internationally, including Düsseldorf, New York, Kyoto, and Tokyo. In 2003, she received the audience award at the 57th Bergische Kunstausstellung at Museum Baden in Nordrhein Westfalen. Her works are owned by many individual collectors worldwide.
Following this exhibition, she is scheduled to have solo shows in Germany and Spain during 2018. Her works have been acquired by many individual collectors in Japan and abroad.
Ogaki works on themes of “life” and “death” through sculptures, installations, and drawings, expressing death and age with dynamic and imposing techniques. The Milky Way series is created so that light shines through numerous holes drilled on the surface of a human sculpture. Dismantling a Mercedes-Benz and decorating its parts with countless beads, before the beginning - after the end is displayed in a way in which the viewer lays down as a “corpse” in a palace-type hearse once used in Japan. The Star Tale series is a confirmation of the reality of feeling alive, along with Memento mori - the reflection of mortality.
- "Mihoko Ogaki WHO" Published/Edited/Designed by Shuji Sugihara, 2013
Born 1987 in Changchun, Jilin Province, China, Ren Hang is now based in Beijing and widely regarded as one of China’s top young contemporary photographers, mostly taking pictures of friends in the nude at a time when “sex”continues to be taboo in China.
Not only are his colours captivatingly vivid, they are poetic and a lyrical sensation with young men and women posing as if veritably sculptured.
He has held numerous exhibitions in several world capital cities, such as Beijing, Paris, NY and Tokyo and also participated in international art fairs on numerous occasions; Paris Photo and Photo Basel. In 2010, he won the Italy third TERNA Prize for Contemporary Art.
In 2011 he self-published the photo books “REN HANG 2009-2011” and “ROOM”. Since then, he has also published a great number of notable books.
His works are already incorporated into the public collections of several museums; Multimedia Art Museum in Russia, CAFA Art Museum in China, Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, US, Three Shadows Photography Art Centre in China and the White Rabbit Contemporary Chinese Art Collection in Australia.
- 2016, ATHENS LOVE 雅典的爱, Session press, USA
- 2016, 二月 FEBRUARY, Self-Published，China
- 2016, 一月 JANUARY, Self-Published, China
- 2015, 海鲜派对 Seafood Party, Self-Published, China
- 2015, 上海游客 Shanghai Visitors, Self-Published, China
- 2015, NEW LOVE 新欢, Session press, USA
- 2015, 野生, Die Nacht, Germany
- 2015, FOOD ISSUE, Same studio, China
- 2014, PHYSICAL BORDERLINE, ThreeShadows +3 Gallery, China
- 2013, THE BRIGHTEST LIGHT RUNS TOO FAST, Editions Bessard, France
- 2013, SON AND BITCH, Neurasthenia, Taiwan
- 2013, Republic, Éditions du LIC, Norway
- 2013, MY DEPRESSION, Self-Published, China
- 2012, NUDE, Self-Published, China
- 2011, ROOM, Self-Published, China
- 2011, REN HANG 2009-2011, Self-Published, China
- 2013, Poem Collection of Renhang, Neurasthenia, Taiwan
Sabrina Horak, who grew up in between the cultures of Japan and Austria, creates mandala-like partially three dimensional compositions, through which she explores the relationship between the man-made “utopia” that arise from urban life, and the people who live within these artificial constructs.
Separated human limbs are reconstructed into an unfamiliar form, in which Horak carefully cuts out from wood. In addition, She applies luminescent colours that make the overall form look as if it is a floating organ.
Born 1983 in Austria. Lives and works in Tokyo.
2007 MFA Painting class w/ Hubert Schmalix and Amelie von Wulffen, Academy of fine arts Vienna.
2014- Doctoral Course Oil Painting at Tokyo University of Arts.
Born 1987 in Fukuoka prefecture. Ihara obtained M.F.A. in Oil Painting Materials and Techniques at Tokyo National University of the Arts in 2012. He is currently based in Hiroshima prefecture.
His major solo exhibition at former matchbaco, “RENDEZVOUS” (December, 2015) and “Hakata Gion Yamakasa Otoko E-zu” (July - August, 2016) last year, are still fresh in memory.
His works are already incorporated by the Hiroshima City University Museum and the Luciano Benetton Imago Mundi Collection.
Featuring primarily male figures, Shinji Ihara looks to his close friends, his loved ones, and himself, exploring how one exist in relationship to others. Titillating and drawing the viewer into solitude and an inner esoteric world, his paintings hold a unique fixation; as a viewer, one is confronted with disquieting palpitations within our innermost primeval selves.
Ihara has had three major series of works so far. The MATSURI series feature his hometown Fukuoka’s feisty festival, the “Hakata Gion Yamakasa”. The LIFE series include portraits of himself and people in his life, while the S series portrays painter Atsushi Suwa.
- "RENDEZVOUS" published by matchbaco, 2015
Born 1976 in Ibaragi prefecture.
2001 M.F.A. Tokyo National University of the Arts.
Ebihara’s works range from the LUST series paintings of entwined hair, the dress series paintings of gorgeous couture items, to the exploration of single movie scenes in the NOISE series, and the Macaulay Culkin series, a symbolic child actor lost in existence.
Often inspired by small excerpts of contemporary film, his work draws attention to the fleeting beauty and tragic sentiments of existences that are exhausted by consumerism and faded away from our memories in the flow of time.
Taut and suspenseful, Ebihara’s oil paintings feature layer upon layer of delicate brushwork, while he works with sculpture, photography and performance as well. Through these various mediums, he revives the disappearing at the place of art.
- "tarot" published by KEN NAKAHASHI, 2017
- "if..." published by matchbaco, 2014
- "Tarot CULKIN" Self-Published tarot cards, 2017
Born 1990 in Tottori prefecture.
Ida obtained a B.F.A. in oil painting from Tokyo National University of the Arts in 2016. In March 2016, his works were exhibited at “VOCA 2016”. In May, he received the Nawa Kohei Prize at the 3rd annual CAF Art Award organized by the Contemporary Art Foundation.
In December he held a solo exhibition “Star Child” at KEN NAKAHASHI, the first show since the gallery’s change of name and displayed the paintings he worked on in New York last Fall. Ida’s work focuses on the memories of “Ichigo-Ichie”, portraying the fleeting, chance encounter of people that surround him in the present moment, and the artist’s self-imagined backdrop. Titled The End of Today series, these works are painted in a day, while his brush is still driven by initial impulse.
Also, by depicting pigs and horses as a projection of human existence, he explores the depth of people, and converts this into an image in between abstract and concrete, reaching out to the existence of the subject itself.