SATOSHI HIROSE / ELLIE OMIYA / KEISUKE YAMAMOTO

group exhibition

Satoshi Ohno・Ellie Omiya・Kishio Suga・Rieko Hidaka・Satoshi Hirose ・Keisuke Yamamoto/ group exhibition

April 5 –April 10, 2017
Sogetsu Kaikan:http://www.sogetsu.or.jp/e/

Artist Profile

Satoshi Hirose

Satoshi Hirose was born in 1963 in Tokyo. He graduated from Tama Art University in 1989 and two years later he received an Italian government scholarship and moved to Italy. In 1996-97, he stayed in Italy under POLA Art Foundation Grants Program. He then completed a degree at Milan’s Brera Academy of Fine Arts in 1997, and studied in New York under Japanese Government Overseas Study Program for Artists provided by the Agency for Cultural Affairs in 2008-09. He is currently based in Milan and Tokyo.
His major solo exhibitions include “Lemon Project 03” (The Ginza Art Space, Tokyo, 1997), “Paradiso- Criterium 34” (Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito, Ibaraki, Japan, 1998), “2001” (Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, 2000), and in more recent years “Heteronym” (Galleria Umberto Di Marino, Napoli, 2015), and “Vis à Vis Flâneur – SATOSHI HIROSE” (Fondazione Molise Cultura, Campobasso, Italy, 2016).

He has presented work in numerous group exhibitions including “Neo Tokyo” (Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 2001), and “Beppu Contemporary Art Festival 2012: Mixed Bathing World” (Beppu City, Oita, Japan, 2012), as well as a commission “Your Sky, My Sky: sky project for Arts Maebashi” Arts Maebashi, Gunma, Japan (2013). He has held five solo exhibitions at Tomio Koyama Gallery in 2000, 2005, 2008, 2009, ad 2013. Hirose also has worked on commissions in collaboration with companies.This July, he is creating an artwork in the new building of PeptiDream, a pharmaceutical company that pursues drug development.

Ellie Omiya

Born in Osaka, 1975. Graduated from the University of Tokyo, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences. After working at an advertising agency, she achieved popularity for her essays about daily life. Besides her career as a writer, she works as a radio personality as well as a host of TV programs. Although her activities go beyond the border as she also shoots films, writes and directs stage plays, she views them as one creative pursuit.

From 2012, she started holding interactive solo exhibitions in which works complete with the viewers’ participation. The exhibition “To Convey Emotions” (toured PARCO MUSEUM and other venues, 2012–13) consisted of 8 stories, such as “Door Stands in the Way”, “Box of Heart” and “Message Bottles That Were Never Delivered” which refreshed and brought tears to viewers. After its public response, she held a solo show “To Be Alive” (PARCO MUSEUM) in 2013 where viewers were invited to reflect on what is to be alive by walking through “Red Road”, “Yellow Road” and “Desert Road”. She also presented “Message from the Starry Sky” (toured MITSUBISHI ESTATE ATRIUM and other venues, 2013–14) in which people could stroll through the stars in the walking planetarium.

She started to paint since her live drawing “Celebration Melody: Naoshima” at the Gallery of Horyuji Treasures inside the Tokyo National Museum in 2012 which was to celebrate Mr. Soichiro Fukutake receiving the Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award. She had a solo exhibition “emotional journey” at Daikanyama Hillside Terrace and “painting dreams (Shibuya Hikarie 8/ CUBE)” in 2015, and her first museum solo exhibition “Sincerely Yours, Ellie Omiya” at Towada Art Center in 2016. In Towada she also presented works outside the museum in the shopping arcade. In 2017, she had a solo exhibition “This is forest speaking” at Kanaz Forest of Creation in Fukui. She also presented her photography works at “Spirit Charge” (CAPSULE/SUNDAY, 2017). She participated in “Rokko Meets Art 2018” in 2018, where she created and presented “Mansion of a Widow”. Presently she participates in Dogo Onsenart. New catalogue “Whale of Rainbow” that consists of illustrations and texts is scheduled to be published from Bijutsu Shuppan-sha in February, 2019.

Keisuke Yamamoto

Keisuke Yamamoto was born in 1979 in Tokyo. After graduating from the department of Sculpture of Tokyo Zokei University in 2001 he stayed at the university as a research student until 2003. He currently lives and works in Kanagawa. This show at Tomio Koyama Gallery is his sixth solo exhibition, and his major group exhibitions include “VOCA 2008” (2008, The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo), “Winter Garden: The Exploration of the Micropop Imagination in Contemporary Japanese Art” (2009, Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, traveled to several international museums), “Twist and Shout: Contemporary Art from Japan” (2009, Bangkok Art and Culture Centre), and “Nostalgia and Fantasy: Imagination and Its Origins in Contemporary Art” (2014, National Museum of Art, Osaka). His work is collected by the National Museum of Art, Osaka and international private collections.