Tokyo, Japan – WAITINGROOM is pleased to announce a group exhibition “Shape of Gaze.02” through May 29th to June 27th 2021, showcasing the works by Taishi Urakawa, Kenta Cobayashi and Issei Yamagata. This exhibition is an extension of the group exhibition “The Shape of Gaze” held in February 2020. The first edition showcased the works by three female painters and it was an exhibition where the eyes of each of the three painters intersected. The second edition shows a group of three male artists, expressing their “gaze” through different mediums: painting, photography, and video.
Born in 1994 in Fukuoka. Graduated from Kyushu Sangyo University – Faculty of Art and Design, Painting, in 2013. Currently lives and works in Fukuoka.
Urakawa is an artist who creates paintings characterized by digital brushstrokes based on information and physical sensations acquired through smartphones. The method of his art-making is to combine images and illustrations collected through online image searches and social networking services with his own photographs to create “landscape paintings”. The paintings made of fragmented reality seem to suggest the impact and changes on our vision in the modern age, where the displays of smartphones and other devices have become the most familiar surface, and the Internet has made it possible to connect to the virtual world at all times easily.
His recent exhibitions include a group exhibition “Taishi Urakawa & Namonaki Sanemasa – It’s not over until it’s over” (2019, Contemporary Art Museum Kumamoto, Kumamoto), group exhibition “A part of new flat surface artists, core” (2018, Genron Chaos*Lounge, Tokyo), group exhibition “VOCA 2018” (2018, Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo) winning Ohara Museum Award, solo exhibition “Solo Exhibition” (2016, Gallery Oishi, Fukuoka), solo exhibition “Appearing and vanishing things” (2015, Gallery Monma & Annex, Sapporo) and many others.
Left:《Shibuya_1-9, #9squares #smudge》2020, inkjet print
Right:《Tokyo Tower #blur #sharpness 》2019, archival pigment print
Born in Kanagawa in 1992. Graduated from Tokyo Zokei University, Department of Fine Arts, Faculty of Art and Design, Painting in 2016. Currently lives and works in Tokyo and Shonan.
The works of Kenta Cobayashi are created by applying bold digital processing to photographs taken by himself. In this exhibition, he will show the two-dimensional works featuring night views of Shibuya and everyday scenes, and three-dimensional works that extract digitally processed portions of photographs, in addition to a new collage series of sneakers and automobiles, which is a development of the work presented in his solo show in 2017. The beauty of curves that we are used to seeing in modern design, such as in shoes, automobiles, and architecture, sometimes stimulate and even incite people’s emotions. Such aesthetic sense is a sense of value born from the advancement of technology, and Cobayashi’s works, which are created with the awareness that he himself is attracted to such beauty, reflect his view of modern cities and daily life that people who seem to be fully in control of technology are, in fact, being manipulated by it.
His recent exhibitions include a solo exhibition “Live in Fluctuations” (2020, Little Big Man Gallery, USA), solo exhibition “The Magician’s Nephew” (2019, rin art association, Gunma), group exhibition “Hello World―For the Post-Human Age” (2018, Art Tower Mito, Mito), solo exhibition “Insectautomobilogy / What is an aesthetic?” (2017, G/P gallery, Tokyo), group exhibition “GIVE ME YESTERDAY” (2016, Fondazione Prada, Milan) and many others. In 2019, he collaborated with Dunhill Spring/Summer Collection 2020 led by Mark Weston, and also worked on the campaign image for Louis Vuitton Men’s Fall/Winter Collection 2019 led by Virgil Abloh.
《Airbag(tentative)》2021, video still
Born in Saitama in 1989. Graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts, Graduate School of Art, Department of Painting, in 2015.
Many of Issei Yamagata’s works are created using computer graphics based on his experiences in raising animals and plants, playing games and on the Internet. In this exhibition, Yamagata will present several video works, including video installation. The images are a combination of 3DCG-generated landscapes such as tropical plants, bloody beds, train and airplane windows, and the content told by subtitles, but the story continues to progress without any indication of where it is going. Yamagata’s works, in which organic motifs such as eggs, plants, and blood are portrayed by 3DCG with rough grained dots and stripped of detailed information, as well as narratives that seem to have been cut off from their roots as they continue to move without a destination, are presented in a virtual manner, making us aware of the rawness and fluidity of life, including our own, with a sense of reality.
His recent exhibitions include a group exhibition “Silent Category” (2021, Creative Center Osaka, Osaka), solo exhibition “Fasten your seat belt” (2020, TAV Gallery, Tokyo), group exhibition “ENCOUNTERS” (2020, ANB Tokyo, Tokyo), group exhibition “Pangaea on the Screen” (2020, TAV Gallery, Tokyo), group exhibition “Kiritorimederu and Tombstone of the Undead (Or the Age of Cat Videos) 2019-2020” (2019, Parplume Gallery, Kanagawa), group exhibition “the wrong biennale” (2019, Online), group exhibition “party” (2017, Oak Building 3F, Tokyo), group exhibition “optical camouflage” (2017, Youkobo Art Space, Tokyo), solo exhibition “Standard Suppressor” (2015, Tokyo Wondersite Hongo, Tokyo) and many others. In 2018, he was awarded the top prize at the Filmmaker 100 – NEWAWARDS.