Exhibition by renowned open call TOKAS-Emerging 2019

TOKAS-Emerging 2019 part 2 at TOKAS Hongo

Ashikawa Mizuki, “Out of range”, Installation View, TOKAS-Emerging 2019 part 2, 2019

Tokyo Arts and Space where called TOKAS is an arts center dedicated to promote the creation and promotion of contemporary art in Tokyo. TOKAS was established in 2001 as the name Tokyo Wonder Site. Tokyo Wonder Site was renamed Tokyo Arts and Space in 2017. Since 2001 at this space, there has been a lot kind of programs for supporting emerging artists and experimental art projects.

TOKAS-Emerging is by open call for accepting entries from any Japanese resident artist aged 35 or below and this time, six artists were selected. The six artists are divided into two group show participants. The part one of TOKAS-Emerging was from 20th July to 18th August and the part second has started on 31st August and it will be until 29th September.

Looking deep into the part 2 – Ashikawa Mizuki, Miyasaka Naoki, Hojo Tomoko

Ashikawa Mizuki, “Out of range”, Installation View, TOKAS-Emerging 2019 part 2, 2019
Miyasaka Naoki, “Three Spaces”, Installation View, TOKAS-Emerging 2019 part 2, 2019
Hojo Tomoko, “Sotto Voce”, Installation View, TOKAS-Emerging 2019 part 2, 2019, Courtesy of the artist and Tokyo Arts and Space

TOKAS has two venues, one is called TOKAS Hongo as a place mainly for art projects and exhibitions and the other is TOKAS Residency a residential place for artists.

The building of TOKAS Hongo was consisted of third floors and the three artists was allocated each independent space. The artists could show their works as a solo exhibition.

The first floor was Ashikawa Mizuki’s, her works are mostly based on prints particularly lithograph. The feature of her exhibition “Out of range” was well-constructed display. From a big size of art work to a very small work such as 80x50mm were installed within a rhythmic flow.

She uses motifs a landscape that she encounters after walking some neighborhoods. Especially at this time, she exhibits the works that she created by inspiration of visiting TOKAS Hongo. It might be the reason why her works were displayed to the rhythm of the space with understanding of the space.

On the second floor, the show “Three Spaces” by Miyasaka Naoki. As Miyasaka is the artist who research about a concept of space which can be variable by perception of human being, he turns a whole exhibition space into his work. In the exhibition, Miyasaka presents three spaces which is for catching various concepts of space caused by varied perception.

Hojo Tomoko, the sound artist occupies the third floor. She is mostly work on installation and sounds. At “Sotto Voce” her exhibition at this time, she focuses on various perceptions of Yoko Ono that has been featured on history and mass media. As there are many descriptions about Yoko Ono such as Artist, John Lennon’s wife, scandalous woman and else, Hojo visualize these recorded perceptions and presents how individual can be subjectified.

About the space and the program TOKAS-Emerging

In the interesting building with three stories, presenting exhibition as if the artists having a solo show was very impressive. In spite of the fact that many open calls for artists are supporting a group show, TOKAS-Emerging was interesting due to its form as giving an opportunity of solo exhibition. As young artists can barely have a chance for solo exhibition, the way of supporting from TOKAS is being of help for them. Not only its reputation of the award itself, but also in practical aspect, the program seems greatly supporting artists.

TOKAS-Emerging 2019 part 2

  • DATES : August 31 (Sat) – September 29 (Sun), 2019
  • HOURS : 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Closed September 2 (Mon), 9 (Mon), 17 (Tue), 24 (Tue)
  • Admission free.

Article written by Jeongeun Jo
Jeongeun Jo is from Korea now living in Japan. She is one of the member of TRiCERA who graduated from Graduate School of Fine Arts at Tokyo University of the Arts (TUA/ Geidai). She is also working as an artist herself. 

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