Art Direction, Design: Yosuke Okita / attitude inc.
Depiction is an act that produces a visible form as well an act that produces no visible form. It can mean both to depict a figure with a tool on a flat surface using lines and to depict an image in one’s mind. To depict, as such, expresses an action broad in meaning. Monochrome, on the other hand, calls to mind creative expression using a single color or gradations. Limiting color does not limit expressive variation, however. Even when limiting expression to black and white monochrome, infinite differences can arise in an artwork due to the different media used and different drawer sensibilities. A transition from white to black can also involve a wide range of gradations, and slight shading in a picture displaying pure white or pure black will produce beautiful shadows and call forth an image in the viewer’s mind. Monochrome is profound and appealing precisely because it is simple.
This exhibition focuses on the unique expressive world of a limited monochrome color palette. Featured are works employing drawing tools such as charcoal, pen, and needle as well as works employing materials rarely used for drawing, such as wire, and works whose image emerges from inscribed words and icons. How broadly and deeply can we discover the meaning of “depiction” in a varied range of works displaying strong contrasts as a result of narrowing down the options? Before viewing the works, let us begin by depicting a rich world of creation and imagination in our minds.
|Title||Imaginative Drawings in Monochrome|
|Period||Saturday, 22 July – Sunday, 24 September 2023
|Opening Hours||11:00am - 7:00pm|
※Open until 9:00pm on 28 July, 4, 11, 18 and 25 August for "Summer Night Museum".
|Closed on Mondays (except Sep. 18), Sep. 19(Tue)|
|Venue||Tokyo Shibuya Koen-dori Gallery|
|Artists||OKAMOTO Toshio, TAKAHASHI Kazuhiko, Tanukida Shin, NISHIOKA Koji, HIRASE Toshihiro, HORIGUCHI Yoshiteru, YOSHIKAWA Toshiaki|
|Organaized by||Tokyo Shibuya Koen-dori Gallery, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture|