川内理香子
Rikako KAWAUCHI
1990 Born in Tokyo, Japan
Currently lives and works in Tokyo.
profile photo by Mie Morimoto
WORKS EXHIBITIONS NEWS STATEMENT CV

WORKS

  • Solo Exhibition “Myth & Body”
    2020
    installation view
    Venue: Mitsukoshi Contemporary Gallery (Tokyo) / Photo by Shintaro Yamanaka (Qsyum!)
  • Solo Exhibition “Myth & Body”
    2020
    installation view
    Venue: Mitsukoshi Contemporary Gallery (Tokyo) / Photo by Shintaro Yamanaka (Qsyum!)
  • Forest of the night
    2019
    oil on canvas 1818 x 2273 mm
  • snake
    2019
    oil on canvas 1303 x 1620 mm
  • pond
    2019
    oil on canvas 1303 x 1620 mm
  • vase
    2019
    oil on canvas 1167 x 910 mm
  • Tiger
    2019
    oil on canvas 910 x 727 mm
  • KIND, ANGER, EASY TO BE HURT
    2020
    oil on canvas 410 x 318 mm
  • rainbow
    2020
    watercolor and pencil on paper 1100 × 840 mm
  • He eats me
    2020
    watercolor and pencil on paper 1100 × 840 mm
  • TALKING
    2020
    watercolor and pencil on paper 1100 × 840 mm
  • on the beach
    2020
    watercolor and pencil on paper 364 × 488 mm
  • top of the palm tree
    2017
    watercolor and pencil on paper 410 × 318 mm
  • walking
    2020
    wire and pin on panel 1200 x 800 mm
  • denotation
    2019
    oil on canvas 1620 × 1300 mm
  • classmates
    2019
    watercolor and pencil on paper 410 x 318 mm
  • Banana Hand
    2019
    watercolor and pencil on paper 363 x 514 mm
  • Condor
    2018
    oil on canvas 410 x 318 mm
  • balloon
    2019
    Neon light, transformer, iron frame 380 x 510 x 250 mm
  • organ
    2019
    Neon light, transformer 160 x 260 x 135 mm
  • Solo Exhibition “human wears human/bloom wears bloom”,
    2018
    installation view
    Venue: Kamakura Gallery (Kanagawa) / Photo by Kei Okano
  • Solo Exhibition “human wears human/bloom wears bloom”
    2018
    installation view
    Venue: Kamakura Gallery (Kanagawa) / Photo by Kei Okano
  • loop
    2017
    Oil on canvas 1620 x 1300 mm
  • all same brain
    2018
    watercolor and pencil on paper 2000 x 1410 mm
  • red plant (1)
    2018
    FRP, lacquer paint, wire 1580 x 270 x 400 mm
  • seventh people
    2018
    watercolor and pencil on paper 333 x 242 mm
  • flower
    2018
    watercolor and pencil on paper 268 x 260 mm
  • Red plant (2)
    2018
    FRP, lacquer paint, wire 950 x 70 x 530 mm
  • Solo Exhibition “Tiger Tiger, burning bright”
    2018
    installation view
    Venue: WAITINGROOM (Tokyo) / Photo by Shintaro Yamanaka (Qsyum!)
  • WOMAN
    2018
    Oil on canvas 1620 x 1300 mm
  • excretion
    2017
    Oil on canvas 910 x 727 mm
  • Everything will be star
    2018
    Wire and pin on panel, acrylic box 1200 x 940 x 195 mm
  • safe and quite
    2018
    Wire and pin on panel, acrylic box 510 x 630 x 175 mm
  • Ground
    2018
    oil on canvas 455 x 530 mm
  • unconsciously
    2018
    watercolor and pencil on paper 453 x 380 mm
  • from sun to moon
    2018
    watercolor and pencil on paper 410 x 318 mm
  • Which are you?
    2017
    oil on canvas 910 x 727 mm
  • The chest
    2017
    Neon light, transformer, iron frame 350 x 1040 x 210 mm
  • Congress
    2017
    Neon light, transformer 300 x 1030 × 160 mm
  • Solo Exhibition “NEWoMan ART wall Vol.7: Rikako KAWAUCHI”
    2017
    installation view
    Venue: NEWoMan ART wall, JR Shinjuku Station (Tokyo) / Photo by Ujin Matsuo
  • bodies
    2016
    Oil on canvas 410 x 318 mm
  • Species look like flower
    2016
    watercolor and pencil on paper 410 x 316 mm
  • Solo Exhibition “Back is confidential space. Behind=Elevator”
    2015
    installation view
    Venue: WAITINGROOM (Tokyo) / Photo by Ujin Matsuo
  • I saw him at the station
    2015
    Oil on canvas 1300 x 1620 mm
  • Folklore
    2015
    Neon light, transformer 1700 x 200 x 200 mm
  • I realized…
    2015
    watercolor and pencil on paper 410 x 320 mm
  • Solo Exhibition “Collector and Artist: Rikako Kawauchi”
    2015
    installation view
    Venue: T-Art Gallery (Tokyo) / Photo by Ujin Matsuo
  • mirror
    2015
    watercolor and pencil on paper 455 x 380 mm
  • Solo Exhibition “SHISEIDO ART EGG vol.9 : Go down the throat”
    2015
    installation view
    Venue: Shiseido Gallery (Tokyo) / Photo by Ken Kato
  • pretzel
    2014
    watercolor and pencil on paper 1400 x 2700 mm
  • Hi. long time no see
    2014
    watercolor and pencil on paper 515 x 365 mm
  • it’s me
    2014
    pencil on paper 515 x 363 mm
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STATEMENT

For me, art offers a tantalizing encounter with a subject that is willing to spar with you. A painting is a space that pushes back against you with a kind of gentle resistance, but which can be oppressive nonetheless. In all the works that I consider to have been well crafted, I feel my body and thoughts churn, rise up, and expand along with this space, like a balloon inflating: I nudge the volume as it swells, tenuously, while the work gradually grows and takes on a tangible shape. Sometimes I can feel myself being repulsed. As my body and thoughts come up and press against this swollen, balloon-like volume, I begin to sense my physicality for the first time, as if I had struck or bumped into something.

Making a work is akin to walking across a tightrope with an abyss gaping beneath you. I have to make an extremely strenuous effort to not fall off the rope: it is only through a supreme act of will that I manage to finish the piece without losing my balance.

Just like how the reflection in the mirror is both myself and something removed from me, I feel that a finished painting is both a reflection of myself, as well as a foreign other detached from me. Through these reflections, I sense my own bodily contours taking on a sharper definition.

For me, to draw is neither to impress an image onto a surface, nor a matter of giving oneself over to the contingencies associated with my materials as they unravel on the canvas. For me, to accept the contingency of others is also to grapple with and learn to accept one’s own physicality. My body reacts instantly to what happens in the real world at the moment that the image in my mind takes shape on the canvas. This process is as much a dialogue as it is a struggle, or a game, or a collaborative endeavor.

I try to draw, reflexively, so that my consciousness doesn’t catch up with my hand. I don’t make an attempt to chase after some finished image, nor do I look back to ponder the lines that I have already drawn. I always approach the canvas or paper as if I were furtively pushing my body against a tensely stretched membrane.

When I work with wire, resin, or neon, this tension is abruptly manifested in my own body. This is also the moment when the form of the work becomes complete. At first, all I do is to poke roughly at the material, and try to bend it, sometimes violently: it doesn’t always bend to my will, so to speak. (Imagination and expectation travel on a trajectory parallel to reality.) Then, all at once, a form that cleaves perfectly to my own space emerges, and my body senses a pushing back similar to what I feel with my paintings and drawings. As soon as I meet this resistance, the material and the space it occupies that used to be soft and supple seems to congeal and harden, and I am no longer able to intervene.

It is almost as if the work has now forsaken me: there is now a membrane-like barrier in between us. I remove my hands, and step back, so that this membrane can remain tense and inflated — and so that I may continue to feel the work pushing back against me.

CV

EDUCATION
2017

Tama Art University, Master’s degree, Oil Painting

2015

Tama Art University, Bachelor’s degree, Oil Painting

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2020

Myth & Body - Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi, Mitsukoshi Contemporary Gallery, Tokyo

2018

human wears human / bloom wears bloom - Kamakura Gallery, Kanagawa

Tiger Tiger, burning bright - WAITINGROOM, Tokyo

2017

Someone held and brushed - TOKYOMYOAN GALLERY, Tokyo

NEWoMan ART wall Vol.7: Rikako KAWAUCHI, NEWoMan ART wall, JR Shinjuku Station, Tokyo

2016

ART TAIPEI 2016 - WAITINGROOM solo booth, Taipei World Trade Center, Exhibition Hall 1, Taipei, Taiwan

Back is confidential space. Behind=Elevator, WAITINGROOM, Tokyo

2015

Collector and Artist : Rikako KAWAUCHI, T-Art Gallery, Tokyo

SHISEIDO ART EGG Vol.9: Go down the throat, Shiseido Gallery, Tokyo

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2020

Input / Output, GINZA TSUTAYA BOOKS, ATRIUM@GINZA SIX,Tokyo

Blossoming of individuality Post-Isaku generation, people who learned at the Bunka Gakuin from Showa to Heisei, Musee Le Vent, Karuizawa, Nagano

Spinner Markt, Spiral Garden, Tokyo

2019

Photo, 3F/3kai,Tokyo

drawings, Galley Koyanagi, Tokyo

2018

Museum of Together - circus - , Shibuya Hikarie 8/COURT, Tokyo

2017

spiral take art collection 2017 "SHU SHU SHU SHO", SPIRAL, Tokyo

NEWSPACE, WAITINGROOM, Tokyo

Museum of Together, SPIRAL, Tokyo

The 40th 5 Art Universities Exhibition, The National Art Center Tokyo, Tokyo

2016

Stereotypical, GALLERY PARC, Kyoto

2015

Dead Henge / Aesthetic, HIGURE 17-15 cas, Tokyo

2014

The 1st CAF Award - Winning Award Exhibition, TABLOID GALLERY, Tokyo

That I shall say goodnight till it be morrow, Shinjuku Ganka Gallery, Tokyo

2013

TOTSU Exhibition, TKP Theater Kashiwa, Art Line Kashiwa 2013, Chiba

Home Made Family, CASHI Refregilater, Tokyo

Sleep No More, Tama Art University Art Festival, Tokyo

2012

OTHER PAINTING XI, Pepper’s Gallery, Tokyo

TOTSU Exhibition, Sogo Kashiwa, Art Line Kashiwa 2012, Chiba

Donuts k, Tama Art University Art Festival, Tokyo

AWARDS
2015

Shiseido Art Egg

2014

The 1st CAF Award, Kenjiro Hosaka Award

ART IN THE OFFICE 2014

CATALOGUES AND BROCHURES
Museum of Together - Circus, Document, Feb. 18 2019, The Nippon Foundation DIVERSITY IN THE ARTS
Museum of Together, Document, Feb. 1 2019, The Nippon Foundation DIVERSITY IN THE ARTS
Museum of Together, Handbook, Oct. 2017, The Nippon Foundation DIVERSITY IN THE ARTS
ART TAIPEI 2016, Catalogue, Nov. 2016, Taiwan Art Gallery Association, AMAZING PAPER INTERNATIONAL, LTD.
Stereotypical – Minako NISHIYAMA & Rikako KAWAUCHI, Mar. 15 2016, Kyoto Seika University Contemporary Art Project Executive Committee
The 9th shiseido art egg exhibition catalogue, May 29 2015, Shiseido Inc.
ARTICLES
“Japanese contemporary art summary”, Casa BRUTUS, No.243, Jun. 2020, p.100/103, Magazine House
"The beggining of the art collector", AERA STYLE MAGAZINE, vol.42, 2019 SPRING issue, Asahi Shinbun Publications
“Interest for art of global executives”, GOETHE, Jan. 2019, Gentosha
Hiroyasu Yamauchi, ”Rikako KAWAUCHI Solo Exhibition human wears human / bloom wears bloom”, Pia, Nov. 23 2018, https://www.p.pia.jp/shared/pil-s/pil-s-21-01_6a61216e-67ce-4237-8451-ef9611e830ad.html
Hiroyasu Yamauchi, ”Surrounded by naked works and thinking about "What is the body?"”, Bunshun Online, Nov. 17 2018, http://bunshun.jp/articles/-/9698
Ichiro Fukano, ”Artists of same generation are rivals. What is the party viewpoint of "outgoing" art collector, Junya Komatsu”, Muuseo Square, Nov. 2018, https://muuseo.com/square/articles/942
Chie Sumiyoshi ”Relationship between body and consciousness drawn by the artist Rikako KAWAUCHI”, madame FIGARO japon, Sep. 27 2018, https://madamefigaro.jp/culture/feature/180927-artists-rikako-kawauchi.html
Hiromi Motomura ”May be, that neighborhood”, fun okinawa, Jun. 29 2018, https://fun.okinawatimes.co.jp/column/detail/6779
Hiromi Motomura ”The place that I look for and arrive”, Okinawa times Newspaper, Jun. 29 2018
”Weekend to stimulate your inspiration - Pick up the art event of this week!”, VOGUE GIRL, Jun. 14 2018, https://voguegirl.jp/lifestyle/20180614/art-events-for-2018june2/#!/3
Hiroyasu Yamauchi ”Depicted animals are moving - Fascination of Rikako Kawauchi's depicting line”, Bunshun Online, May 26 2018, http://bunshun.jp/articles/-/7521
“Bitecho Joshi-bu. #3”, web Bijutsu Techo, Jun. 18 2017, Bijutsu Shuppan Sha, https://bijutsutecho.com/series/5068/
“Report of graduation exhibiton of 15 Art Universities”, Art Collectors, No.98, May 2017, p.59, Seikatsu no Tomo Sha
“ART TAPEI 2016 report”, Art Collectors, No.94, Jan. 2017, p.97, Sheikatsu no Tomo Sha
Taisuke Shimanuki, “100 of new comer artists”, Bijutsu Techo, No.1046, Dec. 2016, p.16, Bijutsu Shuppan Sha
“ART TAIPEI 2016”, Art Collectors in Asia, vol.8, Nov. 2016, p.14, Sheikatsu no Tomo Sha
“Look at your collection Vol.40 - Keiichi Osaka“, Art Collectors, No.89, Aug. 2016, p.78, Seikatsu no Tomo Sha
“Look at your collection Vol.37 – Takaki Torikoe”, Art Collectors, No.86, May 2016, p.131, Seikatsu no Tomo Sha
Hiroyasu Yamauchi, “ART&TRUTH (vol.3)”, GOETHE, June Issue, No.123, Jun. 1 2016, p.17, Gento Sha
“Rikako Kawauchi expresses human existence and relationship by depicting line”. Latest Solo Exhibition., NeoL, Jan.14 2016, http://www.neol.jp/culture/36639/
Chiaki Noji, “In the swaying body and relation. Rikako Kawauchi’s Solo Exhibition in Ebisu”, web Bijutsu Techo, Dec. 23 2015, https://bijutsutecho.com/magazine/interview/18256<>
Back is confidential space. Behind=Elevator, Bijutsu Techo, No.1032, Jan. 2016, ART NAVI p.15, Bijutsu Shuppan Sha
Chiaki Noji, “Rikako Kawauchi Interview. In the swaying body and relation”, Bijutsu Techo, No.1032, Jan. 2016, ART NAVI p.9, Bijutsu Shuppan Sha
Taisuke Shimanuki, “Rikako Kawauchi Interview. I want to shake off uncomfortable life”, CINRA.NET, Jan. 14 2015, http://www.cinra.net/interview/201501-kawauchirikako
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