Hisami TANAKA Solo Exhibition, NOSELF
3/24 (Sat.) - 4/29 (Sun.), 2012
Opening Salon : 3/24 (Sat.) 6-9pm

*Open on Friday through Sunday 1-7pm and Monday 5-11pm
*The exhibition will open at 1pm before the opening salon on Saturday, 3/24. The artist will attend the opening at 6-9pm.

installation view

Tokyo, Japan - waitingroom is pleased to announce a solo exhibition “NOSELF” by Hisami Tanaka, through March 24th to April 29th, 2012. This is Tanaka's first solo exhibition at waitingroom and will showcase a brand new collection of paintings and drawings.

Tanaka is born in Ibaraki in 1976 and graduated from Tama Art University, majoring in Design. Recent exhibitions include "windows and the stories" (2011, waitingroom, Tokyo), "Tokyo Wonder Wall" (2010, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo), and many others.

In previous years, Tanaka was focusing on the “existence and non-existence of the quality and power” for different distinctions in the world. He chose specific motifs that have “quality and power” from the landscape, people, objects around him and restructure them to make them abstracted in his painting. By doing so, he attempted to assimilate them to other elements and flatten the “relation” or “quality” of things around us. However, he starting asking himself about its way and became less confident about having a reason to choose something after a big earthquake in Japan last year. After that, he started choosing “something that doesn’t have power” around him and construct them in his painting.


I draw just a thing. It can be just a line, just a color and just a paint. I draw a line to just draw it and paint a color to just paint it. It is probably close to a sense that human being lives to live. Additionally, it should be something that is not active and not controlled by outside power because it is “just” a thing. The same philosophy applies to a technique itself too. The thing in front of me on the surface of the painting is not more or less than just itself.

However, there is always some sort of feeling or emotion there because I take my action to paint something. In fact, it is the theme from my point of view that the painting is not logic and there is always a question of why people want a painting in many eras from ancient time.

Hisami Tanaka


For artist, a question of “why I make art” is an eternal question that is almost the same as “why we live”. In this exhibition, Tanaka shows a brand new collection of paintings and drawings, expressing the reason why he makes painting and re-view the world around us as an artist.

Artist Biography

Born in Ibaraki in 1976
Graduated from Tama Art University, majoring in Graphic Design.
Living and working in Kanagawa

Selected Exhibitions

2012 Solo Exhibition, "NOSELF", waitingroom, Tokyo
Art Fair, "New City Art Fair", hpgrp Gallery New York, NY, USA
2011 Art Fair "ULTRA004", SPIRAL, Tokyo
Group Exhibition, "in the waitingroom", waitingroom, Tokyo
Group Exhibition, "windows and the stories", waitingroom, Tokyo
2010 Art Fair "ULTRA003", SPIRAL, Tokyo
Group Exhibition, "TOKYO WONDER WALL 2010", Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo
2009 Solo Exhibition, "FLATLINERS", Dining Bar ito, Tokyo
Group Exhibition, "AMUSE ART JAM 2009", Kyoto Art Center, Kyoto

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