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"KOMOREBI" Exhibition
Aug. 9 (Sat) to Oct. 5 (Sun), 2003

The word "komorebi" in Japanese literally means the scene produced by interplay of sunlight and trees. Familiar as it is, we rarely think about it consciously in our daily lives. Nonetheless, in the midst of our lives, surrounded by artificial light such as TV monitors and neon signs, we feel a fleeting sense of peacefulness when looking up at the sky peering at us through the trees. In recent years, there has been a quiet upsurge in the number of artists who treasure such a feeling as they go about their creative efforts.

Each artist in ATM's "Komorebi" exhibition brings a different form of expression to his or her work: artists in two dimensions such as Eriko Hidaka, who incorporates in her drawings the sensation of the body being enveloped by trees, as well as installation artists such as Takahito Kimura, who attempts to reproduce various kinds of "komorebi" using of artificial light and umbrellas.

Although each artist employs a different mode of expression, they all do indeed demonstrate an interest in plants and light. Perhaps that should be regarded as a reinterpretation of the image of life held by light and plants. The exhibition at ATM presents a series of artworks based on the themes of "gentle light" and "light and plants." Together, they create a quiet space full of life and light.

Details of Exhibition

Name: Komorebi Exhibition
Period: Aug. 9 (Sat) to Oct. 5 (Sun), 2003
Venue: Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito
Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (last admission at 5:30 p.m.)
Closed: Mondays (except for Sept. 15), Sept. 2 (Tues), Sept. 16 (Tues)
Fee: ¥800 (General), ¥600 (advance-purchase tickets, groups of 20 or more)
Free admission: Junior high school students and younger, senior citizens aged 65 or older, and handicapped persons with proper certification
Yearly pass: ¥2,500 (Adult Pass for people 20 years and older), ¥1,000 (H.T.P.)
Purchase locations: ATM Ticket Counter (Adult Pass can only be bought here), JR East "Midori-no-Madoguchi" ticket centers, View Plaza
Organizer: Mito Arts Foundation
Sponsors: Shiseido Co., Ltd., Asahi Breweries Ltd.
Cooperation: NICKER COLOR Co. Ltd., IWASAKI ELECTRIC Co. Ltd., MANCHES Co. Ltd., SAIGA Co. Ltd., SOUM Corporation
Planning: Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito
Main planner: Toshihiro Asai (curator, Contemporary Art Center, ATM)

Participating artists & works exhibited

Rieko Hidaka
b. 1958 in Tokyo; graduated in 1985 from Musashino Art University's graduate school, majoring in art in the formative arts division

Painting: "Japanese-style painting based on composition of looking up at tree branches"

Image: "Ki wo Miagete V" (1991)

Yasuko Iba
b. 1967 in Kyoto Pref.; graduated in 1990 from Kyoto Saga University of Arts, majoring in woodblock printing

Painting: "Flat work focusing on plants"

Image: "Untitled" (1999)

Mitsuhiro Ikeda
b. 1967 in Kanagawa Pref.; graduated in 1994 from Nihon University, majoring in art; received M.A. in art in 1997 from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music

Installation: "Video artwork in the fashion of shadowgraph silhouettes"

Image: "by the Windows #2"

Tomoko Inagaki
b. 1975 in Osaka Pref.; completed basic course at University of East London in 1997; graduated in 2001 from Middlesex University in London, majoring in art

Installation: "Artwork using old photographs and houseplants"

Image: plannning image for the "Komorebi" exhibition

Takahito Kimura
b. 1971 in Aichi Pref.; graduated in 1996 from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, majoring in painting; graduated in 1998 from Ecole Superieure d'Art de Design in Paris; received Ph.D. in art in 2003 from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music

Installation: "Komorebi Project using the principle of the pinhole camera"

Image: sketch for the "Komorebi project"

Takanobu Kobayashi
b. 1960 in Tokyo; graduated in 1986 from Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music, majoring in oil painting

Painting: "Oil painting depicting trees enveloped in light"

Image: "Forest" (2001)

Asata Matsumura
b. 1971 in Yamaguchi Pref., graduated in 1998 from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, majoring in painting, received M.A. in oil painting in 2000 from the same university

Installation: "Creating a space of primary colors with vinyl sheets"
Image: "Akai Ma" (1998)

Pol Malo
b. 1967 in Germany, graduated from Univ. of California at Berkeley, majoring in philosophy; completed course at Media Art Academy in Germany; founded Cha-Bashira record label in Tokyo in 1997


Image: Installation 2002

Asae Soya
b. 1974 in Kanagawa Pref.; graduated in 2000 from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, majoring in oil painting; started Ph.D. course in the same field at the same university in 2001

Painting: "Oil painting infused in light"

Image: "Washball" (2000, Photo by Yasunori Tanioka)

Jun Takita
b. 1966 in Tokyo, graduated in 1998 from Nihon University, majoring in arts, received M.A. from Paris Ecole National d'Art in 1992, having received a scholarship from the French Government

Installation: "Bamboo Work"

Image: plannning image for the "Komorebi" exhibition

Opening Reception
Aug. 9, 2003 (Sat) 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.
Conference Hall, Art Tower Mito

Related Events

Summer Workshop 2003 -- "Box of Light"
In this workshop, participants will create small boxes enabling them to enjoy light, the theme of the Komorebi Exhibition. Depending on where the box is placed, the light entering it goes through various chances, producing bright colors. The boxes will be displayed in the Workshop Room after being created.
Aug. 23 (Sat) "Ko" group 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (meet at 9:50 a.m.)
Aug. 23 (Sat) "Mo" group 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (meet at 1:20 p.m.)
Aug. 24 (Sun) "Re" group 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (meet at 9:50 a.m.)
Aug. 24 (Sun) "Bi" group 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (meet at 1:20 p.m.)
Lecturer: Taizo Matsumura (b. 1964, Tokyo)
Venue: Workshop Room in Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito
Age of Students: Children from elementary school and up
Class Size: 25
Fee: ¥500
Sorry, filled to capacity.

Weekend Gallery Talks

Come view the artworks of the exhibition while listening to the explanation of a "gallery talker" (docent), sharing your thoughts and impressions.
Dates: Weekends from Aug. 16 (Sat) to Oct. 5 (Sun), 2003
Times: Starting at 2:30 p.m. (around 40 minutes)
Note: Weekend Gallery Talks may be cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.

Weekend Gallery Talk with Babysitting Services
Date: Sept. 14, 2003 (Sun)
Group Size: 15
Babysitting fees: ¥500
Application: by Aug. 28 (Thu)


Criterium 56: Rintaro Hara
Dates: Aug. 9 (Sat) to Oct. 5, 2003 (Sun)
Venue: Room #9, Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito
Fee: Included in admission fee to the exhibition
Coordinator: Kenji Kubota (curator, Contemporary Art Center, ATM)

"Criterium" is a Latin word derived from the Greek word "criterion," meaning standard or benchmark. ATM's Criterium series introduces new works produced by young artists active in Japan. Their exhibitions, put on with the cooperation of the curators at ATM's Contemporary Art Gallery, draw much attention both domestically and internationally, and have thus come to be regarded as a kind of "first step to success" in the art world here in Japan.

ATM Contemporary Art Gallery's
Pass for Adults
© Hiroko Ichihara
A pass has been designed for adults aged 20 and older, letting the holder make an unlimited number of visits to the Contemporary Art Gallery's exhibitions for one year from the date of purchase.
The price is ¥2,500 The artwork on the pass has been designed by Hiroko Ichihara, an artist who incorporates words in her works. The logo on the pass reads: "Contemporary art -- as easy as pie." The pass is on sale at the ticket counter in Art Tower Mito.

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Translated by Paul T. Narum
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