Current Exhibitions

Ever Present Figures: The Paintings and Sculptures of Shin Morikita

Oct 7th, 2017 - Jan 28th, 2018

Details

Shin Morikita’s long-awaited first large-scale solo exhibition

Will Flying Man and Hunter’s secrets finally be revealed?!

Shin Morikita is the creator of Flying Man and Hunter, part of the Towada Art Center permanent collection. The piece’s two sculptures reside outside between the museum’s exhibition rooms and can be found only by looking up to the sky. Are they floating there? Or is one trying to catch the other as he tries to fly up to the sky? Their humorous figure begs us to consider their relationship and the ma, or the spaces in between.

Morikita will carefully examine a space and, with impeccable balance, exhibit simple paintings and sculptures that highlight the characteristics of different materials. Motifs such as people, houses, and trees are often seen in his work, and the relationships between environment and art, architecture and art, people and art, and even between art and art all hang somewhere in the middle, wrapped in poetic humor.

This exhibition will be Morikita’s first solo exhibition at a museum and will show the cumulation of work he has produced since the turn of the millennium. In this exhibition, Morikita tells all-new stories while sharing the latest in a series of works that can be traced back to Flying Man and Hunter. The title—Ever Present Figures—has layers of interpretation left to be uncovered while enjoying and experiencing the charm of the exhibition.

In these uncertain and stifling times, as relationships grow ever more complex and people and things are reduced to mere numbers, we hope that you will join us at the Towada Art Center to pause for a moment and see yourself and your surroundings in a new light.

*Main image
stranger in blue
(Acrylic on cotton), 2017, 130cm x 80cm

Artist

Shin Morikita

Born in Aichi Prefecture in 1969. Shin Morikita graduated from Aichi University of Arts, Department of Sculpture, and currently lives and works in Tajimi City in Gifu Prefecture. A prominent painter and sculptor, he produces art around motifs like people and houses. His work has been shown at exhibitions throughout the world, including 2009 exhibition Kami. Silence – Action: Japanese Contemporary Art on Paper (Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Dresden, Germany), Aichi Triennale 2016 – Homo Faber: A Rainbow Caravan (Aichi Arts Center, Nagoya, and other sites in Aichi, Japan), and most recently so alone (Kenji Taki Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, 2017). His humorous pair of sculptures, Flying Man and Hunter, is part of the Towada Art Center permanent collection.

Information

Title

Ever Present Figures: The Paintings and Sculptures of Shin Morikita

Date

Oct 7th, 2017 - Jan 28th, 2018

Location

Towada Art Center

Hours

9:00-17:00 (Last admission 30 minutes before closing)

Closed

Mondays (except for National Holidays, in which case the museum is open on the holiday and closed the following Tuesday)
Open October 9, 2017 and January 8, 2018.
Closed December 25, 2017 through January 1, 2018 for year-end holidays.

Admission

Exhibition + Permanent Collection: 1,000 yen
Exhibition only: 600 yen
100 yen/ticket discount for groups of 20 or more
High school students and younger: Free

Organized by

Towada Art Center

Endorsed by

To-o Nippo Press, The Daily-Tohoku Shimbun Inc., Aomori Broadcasting Cooperation, Aomori Television Broadcasting Co., Ltd., Asahi Broadcasting Aomori Co., Ltd., & Towada City Board of Education

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