A line at times divides a plane and at times connects distant things.
Having two contrary functions, lines transform themselves endlessly in a
space, create shapes, and sometimes express things having no shape.
Lines in “Art Brut” are often viewed as a spontaneous or coincidental
departure from plan or intention. Yet, the lines are strongly tied to the
artist’s irrepressible impulses and emotional attachments and the
pleasure afforded by the physical movement involved. Therefore, when
the artist’s physical and emotional being fills the lines, gesture is
manifest. This exhibition examines gesture of lines in the work of ten
The exhibition Gesture of Lines features Japanese artists along with
artists of California’s Creative Growth Art Center (CGAC), which since
1974 has actively served artists with disabilities and fostered numerous
Installation view of the exhibition "Gesture of Lines" (Video)
Gesture of Lines
Saturday, 23 April – Sunday, 26 June 2022
11:00 - 19:00
Tokyo Shibuya Koen-dori Gallery, Galleries 1 and 2
SAITO Yuichi, SAKAGAMI Chiyuki, NISHIMURA Issei, HIGASHIONNA Tasuku, MATSUURA Shigeru, Susan JANOW, Dwight MACKINTOSH, Dan MILLER, Tony PEDEMONTE, Judith SCOTT
Tokyo Shibuya Koen-dori Gallery, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture
Born in Saitama Prefecture in 1983. Has practiced at “KOBO-SYU” in Kawaguchi City since
2002. Inspired by his discovery of writing characters, SAITO Yuichi developed it into
drawings that densely overlay the titles of his favorite TV programs and such. In many
cases, he selects a particular character and writes it repeatedly to form dense layers and
masses while maintaining visual tension through his lines’ endless rivalry with the
margins. Last year, Saito’s works were collected by the Centre Pompidou in Paris.
Born in Hyogo Prefecture in 1961 and died in 2017. Absorbing ideas from many culture’s myths and legends,
SAKAGAMI Chiyuki frequently depicted creatures inhabiting the earth since ancient
times, particularly birds, which she loved deeply. Drawing and interlacing gossamer-fine
lines, as if delineating breath, Sakagami created numerous drawings of basic blue or
light blue tone. Her works are in the collections of the Collection de l'Art Brut in Lausanne and the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, among many others.
NISHIMURA Issei, no title no. 1 (20191217), 2019, Collection of the artist. Courtesy of Galerie Miyawaki.
Born in Aichi Prefecture in 1978. Besides paintings radiating intense vitality, NISHIMURA Issei
creates drawings that intertangle lines infused with a sensation of speed and depict his
subject from bold angles. Inspired by his love for music and seized by animal instincts in
his responses to the greater world around him, he captures images instantly as if
spinning them from his hand or extracting them from the depths of his being. His works
are in the Collection de l'Art Brut in Lausanne and Kyoto City Museum of Art.
HIGASHIONNA Tasuku, Untitled, ca. 2005, Collection of the artist. Courtesy of Art Camp 2001 Organizing Committee.
Born in Okinawa Prefecture in 1987. Based on his practice with clay, HIGASHIONNA Tasuku
began working with wire to capture forms in three-dimensions. His artworks give play to
the wire’s wavy bends in depicting motifs such as locomotives and robots, employing
buttons and other everyday objects to express their components. Higashionna shows
works in Okinawa often. Main exhibitions include Art Camp 2006: Naive Cannon
(Urasoe Art Museum, Okinawa, 2006).
MATSUURA Shigeru, Guardian God, 2008, Collection of the artist. Photo: MIURA Haruko. Courtesy of Support Center for Arts and Culture Activities of Persons with Disabilities in Miyagi (SOUP).
Born in Miyagi Prefecture in 1971. MATSUURA Shigeru began carving wood sculptures in 1994
at “Atelier So” in Sendai City. His sculptures are distinguished by the light and tender
colors he applies to them with fingers or a palm in finishing the work. While contrasting
with the sharp lines he cuts mainly with a saw, the soft color tones produce a rich
expression. Matsuura’s exhibitions include Life of Trees (MOB Museum of Alternative
Art, Tochigi, 2017). Received the Miyagi Prefecture Art Award for New Artists in 2017.
Born in San Francisco, California, in 1980. Has practiced at CGAC since 2003. To create her
drawings, Susan JANOW begins with a hand-drawn grid, which she meticulously fills in
with fine crosshatching. In recent years, she has come to vary the size and arrangement
of her squares and application of color in them. Janow is also widely recognized for her
video pieces. Her works are in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum in
New York and Centre Pompidou in Paris.
Born in Hayward, California, in 1906 and died in 1999. Joined CGAC in 1979 when in his early seventies. Dwight
MACKINTOSH’s work is characterized by motifs of people, vehicles, and personal
experiences, captured in drawings suggestive of X-ray images. His lines propagate in
varying densities on the paper in a rhythmic manner evoking the movement of his hand.
His works are in the permanent collections of the Centre Pompidou in Paris and
Collection de l’Art Brut in Lausanne among many others.
Born in Castro Valley, California, in 1961. Has practiced at CGAC since 1992. Dan MILLER
overlays shapes, words, and numbers related to themes capturing his interest. A legible
word sometimes appears on his layers of fine pen lines and dynamic paint lines but only
as a group of lines divorced from any meaning. Miller’s works are in the permanent
collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and Centre Pompidou in Paris
among many others.
Born in Oakland, California, in 1954. Has practiced at CGAC since 2009. Tony PEDEMONTE’s
unique method of collecting and employing things found in his environment dates from
his early drawing period. Constructing frameworks of wood and recycled materials, he
single-mindedly wraps them with thread or yarn. The layers of fine thread yield smooth
textures and unexpected geometric forms. Pedemonte received the 2020 Wynn
Born in Columbus, Ohio, in 1943 and died in 2005. Began practicing at CGAC in 1987. Judith SCOTT is known
for her cocoon-like sculptures intently wound with thread, yarn, and cloth fragments,
often incorporating materials she found in the studio. By varying her material and the
strength with which she wraps it, Scott came to obtain new textures and freer contours.
Her works are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York,
and Centre Pompidou in Paris among many others.
*The images shown may differ from the actual works exhibited.
Planned events include talks, guided tours and other events. We will inform you on this website later.
With the artists of California’s Creative Growth Art Center (CGAC) and their exhibited works as a departure point, Tom DI MARIA who has worked as its director for a long time, will talk about their characteristics as well as the similarities and differences between them.