Yuka MORI・Hana TOBARI
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7 – 23 September, 2016

[Reception]7 September 18:00 –

[Tuesday – Sunday]11:00 – 19:00
[Closed]Monday

LOKO GALLERY is pleased to announce a dual show by the Japanese-style painting artist Yuka Mori and the sculptor Hana Tobari. Although Mori’s original bodily expressions and Tobari’s heavy metal sculptures appear to be very different at first glance, an unexpected joint essence can be observed if you appreciate their works deeply.

‘Boundaries’ might be the keyword that links these works. While Mori attempts to eliminate the consciousness of the borders between ‘nature and human’ and ‘yourself and others’, Tobari’s theme unites the visible outside and the invisible inside and develops a relationship between them. Both artists seek to cross borders and allow a fusion of the inside and outside.

It is also interesting to compare their selection of materials. Tobari exposes the ‘flow of nature’ by using the chemical properties of steel that deforms through eventual thermal stress and rusts. In the Japanese-style paintings, Mori chooses media to emulate a ‘smooth texture’, such as the skin of a beautiful woman or a sense of moisture and temperature. Mori changes media flexibly to create ‘a painting that stimulates the memory of the five senses’. Thus, although these two artists belong to very different genres, they are closely connected as they both select media and create works based on their actual feelings.

Keisuke KONDO・Hideo FURUKAWA
Dan-dan-dan, Tan-tan-tan and Tale-tale-tales

11 August – 3 September, 2016

[Tuesday – Saturday]
11:00 – 19:00 *1st day 16:30 –
[Closed]
Sun, Mon

[Live drawing and writing]
“Draw & write, right now!”
11 August 16:30 –

[Reception]
11 August 18:00 –

“Dan Dan Dan. Tan Tan Tan.” is the duo show by the painter Keisuke Kondo and the novelist Hideo Furukawa. It’s been four years since the duo has had an exhibition. This will be the third exhibition since they began working together. The first two shows were the 2011 “E・Toho Kyofu Tan”(Picture・East Horror Story) and then the “Fuku・Toho Kyofu Tan” (Overturn・East Horror Story) in 2012.

The title “Dan Dan Dan. Tan Tan Tan.” was established from a number of improvised collaborative sessions. Without any pre-meeting, Kondo and Furukawa face each other across a sheet of white paper, Kondo draws a line and Furukawa writes some text in response. Through the repetition of this process, the Chinese character “譚 / Tan” (Story) became “淡 / Tan” (Slight) then again into “談 / Dan” (Talk). Finally, the meaning of the words would be lost and all that would remain is the beat of the rhythm “Dan Dan Tan Tan”.

The overlaps of these sounds and characters link closely to the content of the exhibition. Kondo and Furukawa visited the construction site of the LOKO GALLERY which has high ceilings. They were struck by the idea to pile up their paintings and their words. “Dan Dan Dan” is the sound from the construction site, the sound of gallery being constructed upwards is also the sound of works of art piling up. In the exhibition space, the layers of stories pile up as a form of painting and the exhibition forms like a narrative collection.

The layers will be connected by the eyes of the visitors, and then the exhibition comes to completion. The Syllables of “Tan Tan Tan” include elements such as the sound of visitors’ footsteps and the rhythm of climbing up stairways.
Additionally, the works from their first collaboration “E・Toho Kyofu Tan” will be exhibited in the show. The history of their resonance will emerge from many perspectives.

Masahiro WADA
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July 8 – August 6, 2016

[Tuesday – Saturday]11:00 – 20:00
[Closed]Sun, Mon And Public Holidays

[Artist Talk]23 July 17:00 –

A giant fly lying down in a living room, a collapsing mountain of gold bullions, a grilled tree made Doner kebab, a running salaryman and a mountain witch in a deep forest … The motifs that Masahiro Wada takes up in his works are very diverse. These seemingly chaotic elements, once constructed by the hand of Wada, begin to emit messages and stories that are hard to describe. In all of his works, a world full of his originality comes out and faces us.

One of the features of Wada’ s recent works is the fusion of a large-scale movable set and video with a story. For example, in “Stylish Fly for Housewives” (2012), a big fly and a housewife live in a room that rotates as a washing machine. The figures and movie sets are shown in the video, but sometimes their territory expands to the exhibition room and jump out from the monitor. Categorization of genres as “Video” or as “Sculptures” or “Installation” doesn’ t make any sense for him.

In the planning stage of this exhibition, there were fragmentary words by the artist and the exhibition title with a drawing. Wada gave us some keywords like “Burning and rolling sphere” “Koshitsu-video (private adult video room)” “micro individual seen from macro cosmic point of view” . The title is the well known mathematical formula in the equation of gravitational fields in Einstein’ s general theory of relativity. The motif of mesh-like curves on the drawing express gravitational fields. These subjects will continue to be combined into one piece based on video, but neither the spectator nor the artist himself can expect what kind of form will be seen. Because the ideas and motifs collected by Wada’ s tentacles always converge in the labyrinth of his experiment and the mixture and creation continue until the last minutes before the exhibition.

Additionally, several members of “The National Museum Of Art, Okutama (MOAO)” , the artist-run space located in the forest a suburb of Tokyo that Wada takes part in, will participate in special exhibition on the basement floor aside of his solo show. We may sense another world from the mountain woods appears in the underground of central Tokyo.