[Ota Fine Arts Tokyo] islands: Akira the Hustler, Masanori Handa, Tomoko Kashiki, Hiraki Sawa, Nobuaki Takekawa, Tang Dixin, Yuken Teruya

Sat. 9 January - Sat. 13 February 2021
  • islands

    islands

    Ota Fine Arts is delighted to present a group exhibition "islands", focusing on small works on paper. The title of the exhibition ‘islands’ represents the Asian archipelago which is close in distance to each other while having their own unique cultures. Likewise, this exhibition showcases artists from East Asia who have similar backgrounds and yet they have developed their distinctive worldviews.

  • Akira the Hustler Akira the Hustler Akira the Hustler

    Akira the Hustler

    The floating mobile artwork "Individualists" by Akira the Huslter is based on a work that was created as a project to support a friend who had suffered from an illness. While Akira’s artist activities have been limited by COVID-19, he ruminated not only over his friend’s plight but also over the political situation. While there are many conflicts happening in Japan and around the world, Akira hopes that even if we cannot be on one big boat, each individual can aim for the same rainbow by rowing their own small boats.

  • Nobuaki Takekawa & Tang Dixin Nobuaki Takekawa & Tang Dixin Nobuaki Takekawa & Tang Dixin Nobuaki Takekawa & Tang Dixin

    Nobuaki Takekawa & Tang Dixin

    The drawings by Nobuaki Takekawa and Tang Dixin were produced for the two-person exhibition "Straits" held in Ota Fine Arts Singapore in 2020. The two artists sent pictures of these drawings to each other on their mobile phones and exchanged ideas for the exhibition. In the drawings, the artists express their impressions of the Gillman Barracks area where the gallery is located and the urban area of Singapore which they experienced during their stay in the country. 

  • Yuken Teruya

    Yuken Teruya

    Yuken Teruya makes very fine cuts in the paper bags of fast-food restaurants and famous brands to create silhouettes of trees modeled after actual trees that line the roadsides. It can be said that this process is an attempt to evoke and regenerate the memory of wood into paper, which is an industrial product made originally made from wood in the first place. "Notice-Forest" is a work that quietly warns one of mass-consumerism and the modern society that repeatedly destroys forests.

  • Tomoko Kashiki

    Tomoko Kashiki

    Born and raised in Kyoto, Tomoko Kashiki is influenced by Buddhist paintings and Bijin-ga in the Heian period, and she creates a fantastic atmosphere in her paintings that is reminiscent of a daydream. In her pencil drawings, the delicacy of details such as facial expressions, folds of clothes, and wood grain on the floor stands out even more than the large paintings she mainly produces. In addition, the vibrant colors of the colored pencils that are used in partial areas give a breathtaking effect to the world of her ephemeral-looking works.

  • Hiraki Sawa Hiraki Sawa Hiraki Sawa

    Hiraki Sawa

    Hiraki Sawa's drawings were drawn while he created the installation work "Memoria Parallera" which he presented at his solo exhibition in Spain in 2019. "Memoria Parallera" is about a friend who lost his memory. The drawing configures the artist’s idea of time, with the lighthouse representing the “dotted time” and the trumpet representing the “radial time”. Some of the drawings were drawn by Sawa while he was thinking about the floor plan for the installation.

  • Masanori Handa

    Masanori Handa

    In the "NEWMAN" drawing series made in 2019, Masanori Handa depicts his alter ego, Kuroko (a black figure), in various scenes, such as a hot spring or looking at his installation work. In comparison to Handa's earlier drawing series which was influenced by the palindromic songs of the Muromachi Period, this NEWMAN series of drawings are clearly different with the distinctive presence of the figure. The title also suggests that Handa is heading towards a new phase in his creation.

    • Akira the Hustler Individualist (Hello freedom), 2020 Wood, stone modeling clay, acrylic gouache Dimension variable
      Akira the Hustler
      Individualist (Hello freedom), 2020
      Wood, stone modeling clay, acrylic gouache
      Dimension variable
    • Akira the Hustler Individualist (Make some noise), 2020 Wood, stone modeling clay, acrylic gouache Dimension variable
      Akira the Hustler
      Individualist (Make some noise), 2020
      Wood, stone modeling clay, acrylic gouache
      Dimension variable
    • Akira the Hustler Islands (And People) in an Ocean Current, 2020 monotype print, oil pastel, oil on paper 72.5 x 84.2 cm
      Akira the Hustler
      Islands (And People) in an Ocean Current, 2020
      monotype print, oil pastel, oil on paper
      72.5 x 84.2 cm
    • Nobuaki Takekawa Tropical Plant to Be Found #1, 2020 Ink, oil pastel on paper 33.3 x 18 cm
      Nobuaki Takekawa
      Tropical Plant to Be Found #1, 2020
      Ink, oil pastel on paper
      33.3 x 18 cm
    • Nobuaki Takekawa Mynah Bird in Ink Bleed, 2020 Ink, colour pencil on paper 19.3 x 34 cm
      Nobuaki Takekawa
      Mynah Bird in Ink Bleed, 2020
      Ink, colour pencil on paper
      19.3 x 34 cm
    • Tang Dixin Rainforest, 2020 Marker on paper 30 x 40 cm
      Tang Dixin
      Rainforest, 2020
      Marker on paper
      30 x 40 cm
    • Tang Dixin A Group of People, 2020 Ink on paper 30.1 x 40 cm
      Tang Dixin
      A Group of People, 2020
      Ink on paper
      30.1 x 40 cm
    • Yuken Teruya Notice-Forest, 2015 - 2017 paper bag, glue 41.5 x 41.5 x 15 cm
      Yuken Teruya
      Notice-Forest, 2015 - 2017
      paper bag, glue
      41.5 x 41.5 x 15 cm
    • Tomoko Kashiki Fermata, 2017 Pencil, coloured pencil, paper 25.4 × 21.8 cm
      Tomoko Kashiki
      Fermata, 2017
      Pencil, coloured pencil, paper
      25.4 × 21.8 cm
    • Tomoko Kashiki Things Like Memories Floating In a Red Pond, 2017 Pencil, coloured pencil, paper 21 × 29.7 cm
      Tomoko Kashiki
      Things Like Memories Floating In a Red Pond, 2017
      Pencil, coloured pencil, paper
      21 × 29.7 cm
    • Hiraki Sawa memoria paralela (3 horns), 2019 Ink on paper 29.7 x 21 cm
      Hiraki Sawa
      memoria paralela (3 horns), 2019
      Ink on paper
      29.7 x 21 cm
    • Masanori Handa amacyan gayacyan ittcyan buncyan minna nakayoshi, 2020 Watercolour, oil pastel on paper 53.5 x 53 cm
      Masanori Handa
      amacyan gayacyan ittcyan buncyan minna nakayoshi, 2020
      Watercolour, oil pastel on paper
      53.5 x 53 cm
    • Masanori Handa ONSENNUMA NEWMAN, 2020 Oil on paper 37.5 x 74.8 cm
      Masanori Handa
      ONSENNUMA NEWMAN, 2020
      Oil on paper
      37.5 x 74.8 cm
  • To view the full list of artworks by each artist in this exhibition, click here.