Group Exhibition "SPRING SHOW"

3/9 (Thu.) - 4/2 (Sun.), 2023
Exhibiting Artists : Saya Okubo, Rikako Kawauchi, Fumika Tsuchitori, Suzuka Toyoda, Asako Fujikura

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*Closed on Mon. Tue. and National Holidays.
*There is no opening reception for this exhibition.
Installation View
Press release
WAITINGROOM will participate in “Art Fair Tokyo 2023” at Tokyo International Forum from March 9 (Thu) to March 12 (Sun), 2023, with a solo presentation of Asako Fujikura. In conjunction with the fair, a group exhibition by five artists, Saya Okubo, Rikako Kawauchi, Fumika Tsuchirori, Suzuka Toyoda, and Asako Fujikura will be held at the gallery. Four artists will show new works that have not been exhibited before, and Asako Fujikura, who will show her new works at the Art Fair Tokyo, will exhibit her recent video work at gallery.
Please take this opportunity to enjoy both the WAITINGROOM booth at the fair and the exhibition in the gallery space.
(The exhibition at the gallery will continue until April 2.)

Exhibiting Artists

Saya Okubo

Left: “They / w”, 2023, acrylic, and oil on corrugated plastics sheeting, H425×W355mm
Right: “waiting / pointing”, 2023, acrylic and oil on canvas panel, H652 × W530 mm

Born in Fukuoka in 1992. She completed her graduate studies at Kyoto University of Art and Design, Department of Painting in 2017. Currently based in Kyoto. She creates paintings in which two separate elements coexist: symbolic images expressed as outlines and the undulation of abstract images with a sense of substance. This exhibition will feature five new paintings. Her recent exhibitions include a solo exhibition “Box of moonlight” (2022, WAITINGROOM, Tokyo), a solo exhibition “The mirror crack’d from side to side” (2022, Roppongi Hills A/D gallery, Tokyo), a solo exhibition “We are defenseless. / We are aggressive.” (2022, Nihombashi Mitsukoshi Honten, MITSUKOSHI CONTEMPORARY GALLERY, Tokyo), a solo exhibition “They” (2020, WAITINGROOM, Tokyo), a group exhibition “Island with ONI” (2019, WAITINGROOM, Tokyo), a solo exhibition “a doubtful reply” (2018, WAITINGROOM, Tokyo), a group exhibition “Art Students Exhibition 2017” (2017, SEZON ART GALLERY, Tokyo), group exhibition “movement 2016 – 1st movement -“ (2016, ARTZONE, Kyoto), group exhibition “HERE I AM KUAD×TUNA Exchange Exhibition” (2015, Na paid Art Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan). Her work attracted a lot of attention when she won the Masami Shiraishi Award at the 4th CAF Award Winning Exhibition (Daikanyama Hillside Forum, Tokyo), a group exhibition she participated in the fall of 2017.

Rikako Kawauchi

left: “organ”, 2021, neon light, 340 x 270 x 240 mm
center: “face”, 2021, neon light, 200 x 120 x 130 mm
right: “white bloom”, 2021, neon light, 360 x 230 x 190 mm

Born in Tokyo in 1990, graduated from Tama Art University’s Graduate School of Fine Arts with a major in oil painting in 2017. Currently based in Tokyo. With an interest in food as her starting point, she is an artist who expresses the obscurity of the body and thought, self and others, and their interrelationships, which are obscured in communication where various elements such as eating, conversation, and sex interact with each other, while crossing a wide range of media. Recent exhibitions include a solo exhibition “Make yourself at home” (2022, Nihombashi Mitsukoshi Honten, MITSUKOSHI CONTEMPORARY GALLERY, Tokyo), a solo exhibition “Colours in summer” (2022, GINZA TSUTAYA BOOKS, GINZA ATRIUM, Tokyo), a solo exhibition “Lines” (2022, VAN DER GRINTEN GALERIE, Germany), a solo exhibition “Empty Volumes” (2021, WAITINGROOM, Tokyo), a group exhibition “TERRADA ART AWARD 2021 Finalists Exhibition” (2021, Terada Warehouse G3-6F, Tokyo), a solo exhibition “afterimage aftermyth”(2021, Roppongi Hills A/D Gallery, Tokyo), a solo exhibition “drawings” (2020, WAITINGROOM/Tokyo, OIL by Bijutsu Techo/Tokyo), a group exhibition “drawings” (2019, Gallery Koyanagi/Tokyo). She was awarded the “VOCA Award,” the grand prize, at the “VOCA Exhibition 2022” to be held at the Ueno Royal Museum, 2022. Other awards include the Yuki Terase Prize at the “TERRADA ART AWARD 2021,” the ART EGG Prize at the “SHISEIDO ART EGG” in 2015, and the Kenjiro Hosaka Prize at the “1st CAF Award” in 2014.

Fumika Tsuchitori

Born in 1995 in Hyogo, currently lives and works in Kyoto. Graduated from the department of art and craft at Kyoto University of The Arts in 2020. Through her two series of works, “I and You,” which depicts two people, and “a scene,” where elements such as colors and shapes are extracted from landscapes, Tsuchitori has been thinking about the irreplaceability of specific objects, as well as the relationship between people and individuals. Her recent exhibitions include a solo exhibition “Sleeping with me holding in my arms, Silence” (2023, WAITINGROOM, Tokyo), a solo exhibition “Blind Spot” (2022, COHJU contemporary art, Kyoto), a group exhibition “A painting surface: matière that narrates” (2022, Nihombashi Mistukoshi Honten, Main building 6F, Art Gallery, Tokyo), a group exhibition “天人花展” (2022, Seibu Shibuya Alternative Space, Tokyo), a group exhibition “Neko and Matière” (2021, MtK Contemporary Art, Kyoto), a group exhibition “Kyoto Perspective” (2021, ANB Tokyo, Tokyo), a group exhibition “Kyoto Art for Tomorrow 2021” (2021, The Museum of Kyoto, Kyoto), a solo exhibition “Bones and Skin (light a fire, have to go find the roses)” (2020, WAITINGROOM, Tokyo), a group exhibition “-Inside the Collector’s Vault, vol.1-” (2020, WHAT MUSEUM, Tokyo), a group exhibition “SUBJECT” (2020, ANTEROOM KYOTO, Kyoto), a group exhibition “A-Lab Artist Gate 2020” (2020, A-Lab, Hyogo), and others.

Suzuka Toyoda

Left: ”home”, 2023, oil and charcoal on canvas, 652 x 500 mm
Right: “pink wall”, 2023, oil and charcoal on canvas, 1620 x 970 mm

Born in Mie in 1996, graduated from Tokyo University of The Arts in 2021 with a degree in painting (oil painting). She is currently based in Ibaraki. Her paintings are based on the motifs of people and landscapes she has witnessed in her daily life, images from the internet, and incorporate her own memories and images. In this exhibition, she will show 3 new paintings. Recent exhibitions include a solo exhibition “zapping” (2023, Nihombashi Mitsukoshi Honten, MITSUKOSHI CONTEMPORARY GALLERY, Tokyo), a solo exhibition “catch a glimpse” (2021, WAITINGROOM, Tokyo), a solo exhibition “Past Days” (2021, RISE GALLERY, Tokyo), a group exhibition “Courtyard HIROO Selection 2021: Look Forward! (2021, Courtyard HIROO, Tokyo), a group exhibition “Intersection -Now, from here” (2021, Bunkamura Gallery, Tokyo), a group exhibition “the sight of the stars makes me dream” (2021, SCÈNE, Tokyo), a group exhibition “Collectors ‘Collective vol.4 Osaka’“(2021, TEZUKAYAMA GALLERY, Osaka), and a group exhibition “Shape of Gaze” (2020, WAITINGROOM, Tokyo). Although she is a young artist with only a few exhibitions under her belt, her works have attracted a great deal of attention.

Asako Fujikura

left: “Tires for the sandy ground in front”, 2022, single channel video with sound (Full HD), 6min. 9sec.
right: “Suburban end point glass”, 2022, inkjet print mounted with acrylic, 363 x 545 mm

Born in 1992 in Saitama. Graduated from Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, School of Language and Culture Studies, Persian Language Program with Bachelor degree in 2016. Graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts, Department of Film and New Media, With Master’s degree in 2018. Focusing on the depth of the infrastructure that traverses urban and suburban areas and the landscapes attached to them, she mainly creates 3DCG animations that emphasize images with artificial textures and tactile qualities, and installations that bring the motifs in her videos into the real world. Recent exhibitions include a group exhibition “Spread Distance / Convert Method / Variable Sun” (Nihombashi Mitsukoshi Honten, Mitsukoshi Contemporary Gallery, Tokyo,) in 2022, a solo exhibition “Paradise for Free” (Calm&Punk Gallery, Tokyo) , a group exhibition “Back TOKYO Forth” (Tokyo International Cruise Terminal, Tokyo), a group exhibition “The Museum in the Multi-layered World” (NTT inter communication Center [ICC], Tokyo) in 2021, a solo exhibition “emergencies! 035 FUJIKURA Asako “Colony Highway Broadcast””, (NTT inter communication Center [ICC], Tokyo), a solo exhibition “Bald Mountain and deserted city primitive – functional, primitive -” (art space kimura ASK?, Tokyo) in 2018. In 2022, Fujikura hosted the research project “Vanpool over the Clift In the Foreground” in Tokyo Bay. She was awarded Grand Prix “LUMINE meets ART AWARD 2020”. The project by Fujikura and Takahiro Omura was accepted into the Project to Support Emerging Media Arts Creators “Program for Japanese Creators with Exploratory Projects” in 2022.
Fumika Tsuchitori
Suzuka Toyoda
Asako Fujikura