Spring Steps

2018.5.18 [fri] ‒ 6.13 [wed]

5.18 [fri] 18:00 ‒

[tue ‒ sat] 11:00 ‒ 19:00
[sun, mon] closed

We are pleased to announce the exhibition “Spring Steps” by Ken MATSUBARA. He has handled videos and photos as his main media since the 1980s. His works multidirectionally expands with various objects and installations, and attracts attention at home and abroad. This is his first exhibition at LOKO GALLERY.

The theme he has consistently held in recent production is “memory”. For instance, in the works, old found photos / objects make us feel profound historical background proper to itself or signs of nostalgia; on the other hand, by being given anonymity in simple and fresh structure of works, the things are resonant with viewer's memory, and is focused to make also wholly new images. We can find not only straight critical mind or nostalgia, but also some kind of positive jumps which can dwell only in visual art. He talks about such dynamics that arise from repetition, circulation and resonance of memory; by citing the words “repetition and reminiscing are same movement” “The reminisced things are things which existed in the past. That is iterated backward, but true repetition is reminisced forward” by Søren Kierkegaard.

In this Exhibition, Matsubara shows video and installation works that used “Dance” as a subject for the first time in his carrer. Dance hall and social dance are cultural symbols in restoration age of postwar Japan; they are symbols of European and American sophistication that young people longed for then; simultaneously, they and Asian modernization or colonial rule are opposite sides of the same coin. Regarding such complex contexts, in his works, Matsubara summons and reminisces about dymanic calor which dance culture had once in this country; and he aims to create new magnetic field toward the future.

waft / vacant

2018.4.18 [wed] ‒ 5.12 [sat]

[Opening Reception]
4.18 [wed] 18:00 ‒

[tue ‒ sat] 11:00 ‒ 19:00
[sun, mon] closed

(*We will be opend on 5.3 ~ 5.5 )

It exists between visible and invisible.
It expands the scenery.

There, the clouds melt boundary,
and the clouds float in the place
where I’ve thought boundary.

In the paintings,
there are days
in which I can place value on the sign.

I think so, and draw.


We are pleased to announce the exhibition “waft / vacant” by the painter, Asa HIRAMATSU.

She is active in mainly making paintings, and also attracts attention by illustration for various books in recent years. The motifs make us feel breath of silent another world. And the heavy matière which is produced by repetition of layer, digging and sanding with oil paints; that invite the viewers to her painting world.

HIRAMATSU has consistently drawn vast and stark land in her paintings. The land is in her body. She gazes actual world, after a little while, the existence of the world wavers. And the another land appears. She calls the thing “sign”; which appears in the important moment. For instance, the nonsolid existence such like clouds she often draws in her works; symbolize the sign of the wavering.

She has ever recognized that actual world and the another world in herself are separate fields. But she also says that the boundary of two worlds starts to blend into one another recently. So, it is significant aim for her to treat such various contrary elements equally in making paintings. For HIRAMATSU, action of overglazing oil paint may be for tying “signs” scattered among various worlds, and fixing them on paintings.

Please come in touch the newest works by Asa HIRAMATSU; who pursues her own painting by diving into imagined landscape, and struggling with paint.

Masahiro WADA

2018.3.23 [fri] ‒ 4.14 [sat]

[Opening Reception]
3.23 [fri] 18:00 ‒

[tue ‒ sat] 11:00 ‒ 19:00
[sun, mon] closed


cooperation : Ome Video Club

We are pleased to announce the exhibition “MASAHIRO WADA FILM WORKS” by Masahiro WADA. This exhibition will be composed of mainly his recent film-works which featured Japanese old tales.

WADA has taken up old tales such as “Saru-Kani Gassen (Battle Between Crab And Monkey)”, “Kobu-Tori Jiisan (The Old Man Who Got His Wen Snatched Off)”, “Yamamba (Mountain Witch)” in his film-works. These fairy tales are very well-acquainted for Japanese people. But WADA’s works show serious images, and expand into multilayered construction; as if to reveal aspects of our society or abyss of human mind.

So he has often used the method of amplifying movable architecture-like installation in the film; or primitive and necromantic motifs such like fire, meat, darkness, smoke in these works. These are important elements also in the other recent his works. Coming in touch with these symbolic elements; we can find his dynamic experiment and challenge for various art styles such like film, installation, performance.

In this exhibition, we aim to close-up one aspect of recent WADA; by exhibiting preceding 3 old tales works, with other works relating myth or folklore, and sketching materials.

Eyal Segal

17 Feb. Sat. - 17 Mar. Sat. 2018
Open: Tue- Sat 11:00 - 19:00
Closed: Sun, Mon

Opening reception
17 Feb. Sat. 18:00 -

Artist Talk
17 Feb. Sat. 19:00 -

Embassy of Israel in Japan

Yebisu International Festival
for Art & Alternative Visions 2018
"Mapping the Invisible"
The partnership program “Displace" vol.2

Artist in Residence Program
for Israeli Artist 2018

LOKO GALLERY is pleased announce the first solo exhibition in Japan by Israeli artist Eyal Segal.

This exhibition is the result of a residency program that was made possible through a collaboration between the gallery and Embassy of Israel in Japan and also the partnership program of The Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions. The gallery will present a project entitled ‘Displace’ , which includes solo exhibitions by Japanese and Israeli artists.

The key word for Segal’ s work is ‘place’ . Here, memory, history, human activities and the traces of particular places are epically drawn on the screen. Furthermore, his video projects are composed and positioned such that they mutually influence each other, creating a sublimated site-specific installation in which the exhibition space itself forms an element of the work. His solid video images are as if three-dimensional objects, and the artist’ s own body appears on the screen and transforms the space as a heavy bronze sculpture would.

The title of the exhibition, ‘GROUND LEVEL’ (= Ground State) refers to the state in quantum mechanics with the lowest energy that an atom or molecule can have. There is the least motion in that state. However, in this exhibition, movement can be found in the videos. These are not only physical displacements such as vertical and horizontal movements and rotation, but the flow of history, circulation of images and exchanges of life and death.  Segal creates ‘GROUND LEVEL’ by balancing the energies of different vectors in the multi-layered space of the gallery.

The last piece of the exhibition puzzle, which will be completed during the residency period in Tokyo, has as motifs two stories of history involving life and death in the two cultures, Judea and Japan. Focusing on the place as a trace that continues to exist even after many years have gone by, Segal will show the shapes of lost characters in the stories and in ourselves, who exist in the same historical line as them.


Eyal Segal

Lives and works in Tel Aviv-Jaffa. He was born in Arad, Israel, in 1982, and is Jewish, with family roots in Germany and India. After completing his studies at Shenkar College of Engineering and Design in Tel Aviv, he began working as a studio director for the world-recognized video artist Sigalit Landau, for a period of five years. In 2013, Segal exhibited his first Solo exhibition in the Negev museum of art (Beer Sheva, Israel), and since then, he participated in numerous exhibitions in museums, art spaces and international art festivals all over the world. Segal’s work sets out a specific ‘place’ as a starting point and attempts to create self-understanding in relation to memory and history. Presenting multiple video works in combination, he incorporates positional relationships in the exhibition space and creates the possibility of new interpretations.


Ryo Shimizu
grassroots prophet 

16 Jan. Tue. - 15 Feb. Thr. 2018
Open: Tue- Sat 11:00 - 19:00
Closed: Sun, Mon

Artist Talk
10 Feb. Sat. 19:00 -


Yebisu International Festival
for Art & Alternative Visions 2018
"Mapping the Invisible"
The partnership program “Displace” vol.1

LOKO GALLERY is pleased to announce the exhibition "grassroots prophet" by Ryo Shimizu.

This exhibition is also the first exhibition of "Displace" the gallery curated two solo exhibitions by Japanese and Israeli artists as the partnership program of The Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions "Invisible".
Shimizu focuses on the relationship between the space and its background, mainly using characters. Since 2011, he is working on installation using architecture, video, text, voice, based on fieldwork in Japan and abroad.

The title of this exhibition, "grassroots prophet" (nameless prophet) came from the idea that he thought of about “a reverse causal relationship”, that is, the past has no influence on the present or the future, and if the future is affecting the past, how ordinary people like us influence the past?A Chinese literary scholar, Shizuka Shirakawa argues in his book "Kanji(Chinese characters)" , “Kanji encloses a memory of the era of words far away before characters were born”. While Kanji and characters conceal such magical elements, and also it can be said that it is a tool that penetrate into everyday life or that is a symbol without consciousness. Shimizu handles characters as a material of creation because he thinks that "unconsciousness" or "atmosphere" that is lurking behind ordinary space from ancient times could be visualized.

In this exhibition, he mainly considers the interviews with “Wansei”(Japanese who was born in Taiwan during the Japanese colonial era) whom the artist met during in the artist residency in Taiwan. He will also show a session with a Wansei, Ms.Yoko Nakada, known as "Reverse singing grandma" and the video work borrows typical example sentences from English teaching materials in the installation using the multi-layered structure of the gallery space.


Ryo Shimizu

He was born in Kagawa prefecture in 1977, lives and works in Kanagawa prefecture.
He focuses on the relationship between the space and its background, mainly using characters. Since 2011, he is working on installation using architecture, video, text, voice, based on fieldwork in Japan and abroad.

TODO “Bau / Bau”

2017.11.24 [Fri] - 12.23 [Sat / Public holiday]

November 24 [Fri] 18:00 ‒

[Tue ‒ Sat] 11:00 ‒ 19:00
[Sun, Mon] Closed

[Entrance] Free

We are pleased to announce the exhibition “Bau / Bau” by the sculptor, TODO.

TODO is known for the works in which special debris, minerals or old books are combined with laminated glasses; for example, he has used the materials such as “Bricks of the building that was collapsed by Great Kanto Earthquake” or “Berlin Wall”. But simultaneously, he has created wide variety of works; a large quantities of drawings he makes everyday, or the installation that is constructed out of numerous wooden boxes; he treats the boxes as “small space” in the installation. In TODO's works, the textures and identities of materials are directly made the most of, concurrently disassimilated and sharpened through craftsmanlike handwork; the works attract people's attention at home and abroad.

In his manifold works, the one of common elements is; interest about “material” or “space”. There are also various aspects.

For instance, the laminated glasses are often recognized as catalyzer to get into; time that minerals enshrine, or historicity of debris that were parts of buildings once. TODO says that the process for laminating and polishing glasses are similar to looking into or exposing the story that each material has.

The other side, TODO aims for “changing the quality of space by the existence of sculpture” as a sculptor. Then letting glass appear in material means; “Showing the space inside material” for him. Making space exist inside the works itself, farther the material is part of building that had composed the another space once; It seemed as if the multilayered structure of work symbolically reveals various perspectives about material, space and architecture.

The title of this exhibition “Bau / Bau” shows the two words; “Abbau” which means 'Demolition' or 'Remove', “Aufbau” which means 'Build' or ’Structure' in German. This exhibition will appear with the installation that reconstitutes the space by scaffolding. With dynamic architectual experiment to gallery-space, we will approach the exciting world surrounding “material” or “space”; they are also origin of his creation.

Voldemārs Johansons
Uncertainty Drive

25 Oct. wed. - 18 Nov. sat. 2017
Open: Tue- Sat 11:00 - 19:00
Closed: Sun, Mon and Public Holidays

Opening reception
25 Oct. wed. 18:00 -

Artist Talk
27 Oct. fri. 19:00 -
Embassy of Latvia in Japan
37-11 Kamiyama-cho Shibuya-ku,
Tokyo, 150-0047

Embassy of Latvia in Japan

Voldemārs Johansons is a composer and contemporary artist living and working in Riga, Latvia. His installation works are precisely designed like experimental devices based on scientific research that employ sound, light and video to focus on the relation between human perception and the natural environment.
For example, ‘Op. 39 (standing waves)’ at the Riga Cathedral is a sculpture of steel pipes that looks like a pipe organ which stands in the cathedral courtyard. Various bass sounds are produced and changed by capturing the influences of the surrounding temperature, wind and the audience’ s standing position. ‘Thirst’  is a video and sound installation with an image of surging waves, which was filmed using a super high quality camera from a rock in the North Sea, screened with a panoramic screen. Accompanied by a powerful sound system and smoke machine, the audience can experience the overwhelming power of nature as if they were at the scene.
For his first exhibition in Japan, Johansons chose ‘Uncertainty’ as the theme.
Ilya Prigogine, a physicist known for the theory of dissipative structures, stated that ‘instability and creativity are inherent in our world’ , further claiming that the laws of nature which are ‘unpredictable but not random’ have a significant influence on art and design, human creativity and imagination.
In Johansons’ new sound installation presented in the exhibition, a sample containing a trace amount of radioactive material is used. Radioactive substances emit radiation at the moment their nuclei collapse. The frequency of the probability of radioactive decay is determined by the type of substance, but the occurrence of the decay cannot be predicted. A Geiger tube in the work detects any unpredictable radiation emissions, and upon detection, an ‘instrument’ generates a sound in accordance of the live data. Invisible environmental changes in the exhibition space because of the radiation become audible through the artwork.
Radiation cannot be perceived by human senses, however, it exists in the natural environment in various forms and is used widely in fields such as energy, medicine and biotechnology. There have been a lot of discussions about the existence of nuclear weapons and nuclear power generation. And still it is lying in front of us as a big problem that we can not even see the path to resolving these issues.
Johansons’ work incites imagination as he seeks to enlighten audiences about elements that cannot be perceived, and is making us re-recognise that the situation we are facing is physically and socially complicated with various uncertain factors.


Voldemārs Johansons

Studied composition of electronic music at Royal Conservatoire, Instutute of Sonology, Den Haag, Netherlands. After graduation, he deepened his research on organic combination of acoustic, visual information and spatial forms, while engaged in a number of projects aiming for fusion of art, science and technology. He presents his works around the world as a contemporary artist, and also active as a composer and researcher. Johansons' works have been presented at : the Venice Biennale of Architecture, Ars Electronica Center (Lintz), BOZAR (Blussels), Ruhr triennale (Germany), STEIM (Amsterdam), LISTE ART FAIR (Basel), The Latvian National Opera, Kochi Biennale (India) and elsewhere.

Juuso Noronkoski
This Place is Nowhere

8 Sep. [fri] – 7 Oct. [sat]
[Reception] 8 Sep. [fri] 18:00‒
[Artist Talk] 8 Sep. [fri]19:00-
[tue ‒ sat] 11:00 ‒ 19:00
[sun, mon, public holidays] closed

Gallery Taik Persons
The Finnish Institute in Japan
FRAME contemporary art finland
Arts Promotion Center Finland

This Place is Nowhere is a part of an ongoing project by Juuso Noronkoski consisting of photo, video, object and text-based works. Noronkoski examines the borderlines of the photographic image in relation to its forms of perception in the real world – the demarcation between objects, images and written language. More specifically, how each individual means of expression, with different temporal and material qualities, contribute to a common conversational space.
The photographs that are taken or found by the artist, are conceptually and physically modified in various ways. An intervention in an image, made with a definite intention, both disambiguates and reconstructs the meaning of the subject and also concurrently obscures the boundary that separates the surface from the surrounding space and the “real” from the “imaginary”. By stressing the physicality of an object in relation to photographic imagery, Noronkoski aims to bridge the gap between here, the now and there, the latent and displaced.

The text, which is in the form of a poetic short story, narrates the artist’ s thinking process that went behind his creation; however, it is left to the audience to understand if the text information accurately conveys the meanings indicated by the visual images. In other words, it is as if it were an experiment on ‘human empathy’ that has been related through words and images.

At an apparent level, the motifs of Noronkoski’ s works appear concrete, however, when examined at a deeper level, a universality that spreads beyond a specific culture or place is revealed. The photographs are not only a gateway to another time and place, but also mirrors that reflect the actual act of seeing.

In this exhibition, which is also Noronkoski’ s first presentation in Japan, he poses a question on subject and place: the perceptive space in which an image is ever-evolving and displaced. What is an image that exists between the actual and the imaginary and where is that liminal space – at the feet, and in unknown atmospheres?

Yuka Mori

2017.7.28 [fri] – 8.26 [sat]

[Reception] 7.28 [fri] 18:30 ‒

[tue ‒ sat] 11:00 ‒ 19:00
[sun, mon, public holidays] closed

I feel like not having had come to such a bright place
My body plays in the faint and heavy light
And starts to hide actively
They scatter, find each hiding place, start to respire bating their breath


We are pleased to announce the first solo exhibition “Dawning” by Yuka MORI.

MORI has produced her painting considering about “body”, and “boundary” between the body and various things. So in this exhibition, her works having theme of “morning” will be shown.

She draws the morning as a time of “Awai (interval)”; the contour and border line of time or existence become obscure in the morning. In the early morning, the beautiful moment of dawn, she undergoes sensation like her body melts into the landscape or the world. The fresh comfortableness isn’t the only one thing which is there. The sign of purification of every emotion or memory; which elute from human, are united with the morning. MORI draws the sensibility of dissipation of; consciousness to body; border line between self and world. As her ideal.

And in these works, the new selection is piled about material or technique. Her major was Japanese-style painting in art university. But in these works, she tried to remove craft-like technic of Japanese-style painting; and to leave overglazed matiere, or improvised brush touch which causes to feel painter’s trace directly. These expressions haven’t been in her past work. So MORI has tried combination of Japanese-style painting material and oil painting material. In recent works, she uses heterogeneous material in each phase of groundwork, fixing material, pigment. The property of mixture is developing more complexly and organically.

Please come in touch the newest expression by MORI; who comes and goes own painting world flexibly.


All these works have theme of “morning”.
Light of morning, humidity of morning, temperature of morning, smell of morning, wind of morning, sound of morning.
I wanted to fix and keep in the painting; my longing or recollection to the sensibility of body which is enveloped in absolute “Morning”.


New Artist in Residence Program for Israeli Artist


The Program
For the first time the newly opened contemporary commercial gallery will cooperate with the Israeli Embassy in Tokyo and invite a single Israeli video artist for a unique residency program to be held in one of the most interesting neighborhoods of Tokyo.

The aim is to enable a new creation of a video instillation by an Israeli artist in the heart of this dazzling city and introduce a new voice to interact with the local art scene.

We wish to host an interesting, thought-provoking artist with the most intriguing and unique project.
Program summary
a) Creation of a new work: participant will begin a new work while in Japan or continue the work on an existing work and present the finished work at the end of the stay at LOKO Gallery.
b) Open Studio: participant will present the progress of his/her work being created as part of the program
c) Taking part in “Gallery Talk” and other Gallery event.
This contemporary art gallery opened in July 2016 in Daikanyama, Tokyo. It has a unique space with 2 floors and also offers artist residency facilities. “LOKO” means “place” in Esperanto. The gallery endeavors to create a place for the cultivation of emerging artists and to promote open communications among all people in the art community.

small, creative and hip district within Shibuya ward of the central Tokyo.
Between the Daikanyama station (Tokyu Toyoko line) and the JR Yamanote line tracks are numerous tiny cafes, art spaces, , clothing stores & boutiques that give Daikanyama its very special vibe.

The program
4 weeks in total spent in Tokyo, Japan
3 weeks – working
4 weeks – exhibition
1 Artist




Application period:
June 14th, 2017 to August 14th, 2017
Selection period: Latter half of August, 2017 to the end of September, 2017
*Applicants may be required remote Skype interview by selection committee in English.
Residency period: 4 weeks Feburary 2018 (3 weeks for working)
Exhibition: 4 weeks February – March 2018 (Artist will be present for the first week)
Result of the selection would be announced early October, 2017

Application Guideline
Focus Area
Visual Arts – Photography/Media Arts, Video Art
Israeli Artists (Israeli passport holder)
English language skills sufficient for daily conversation
Motivated to exchange with the local community through workshops and lectures
Artists who have had a least one solo show in leading gallery and participated in a minimum of 5 group exhibitions.
Be in good health.
Have access to the equipment necessary to participate in a remote interview (i.e. a computer capable of connecting to the internet and using Skype).
The works in the exhibition would be on sale. The condition of the sales would be discussed between the applicant and the gallery at the final stage of the selection.


  • Traveling expense: Available (up to ¥100,000)
  •  Production fee: Available (up to ¥70,000)
  •  Accommodation: Available
  •  Professional and staff support: Available
  •  Exhibition: Available at LOKO gallery




  • High-end Powerful Projector (EPSON EB-L1500U) and sound system available

PDF spec sheet

  • 40 inch LED monitor (Hisense HS40K225) x 3 available

PDF spec sheet

  • Blu-ray/DVD players available

*Filming, Recording and Editing devices for the production must be prepared by the artist.

application form
*Please fill out application form.
Additional images, links to videos and other materials regarding the artist or the proposal can be sent via e-mail.


This project is hosted by LOKO GALLERY with the support of the Embassy of Israel in Japan.

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