Implemented since the establishment of Tokyo Arts and Space (TOKAS) in 2001 in accordance with the institution’s aim to support young artists, "TOKAS-Emerging" is a program that has been targeting Japanese resident artists aged 35 or younger, and offering selected artists opportunities to exhibit their works.
"TOKAS-Emerging 2023" features six artists that were chosen through screenings from a total of 81 applications from across Japan. Held in two separate periods between April and June 2023, these exhibitions of works by up-and-coming artists cover a wide range of formats, including two and three-dimensional artworks, video art, installations, etc. During both periods, the exhibiting artists will also appear in talk sessions together with jury members.
|Date||Part 1: 2023/4/8 (Sat)- 5/7 (Sun)
Part 2: 2023/5/20 (Sat) - 6/18 (Sun)
|Venue||Tokyo Arts and Space Hongo
|Artists||Part 1: MUROI Yusuke, INOUE Mizuki, USAMI Nao
Part 2: CHEN Shige, DAITO Shinobu, OKAMOTO Taiga
|Organizer||Tokyo Arts and Space, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture|
Part 1: 2023/4/8 (Sat) - 5/7 (Sun)
Considering artistic expression as an activity that contains a considerable amount of violence toward other people, Muroi has been creating artworks while confronting that violent character that he supposedly assumes as an artist himself. At this exhibition, he presents paintings and installation pieces in which he picks up episodes and pictures that he painted in his childhood, and connects them to the present age.
In her paintings, videos and texts, Inoue explores structures of discrimination and relationships between center and circumference in society, as things that can be understood to be causing human individuals to feel anger and discomfort in daily life. At this exhibition, she introduces several views that she concluded based on interviews with people from coastal areas.
"Monster in the hole"
Usami employs 3D computer graphics to represent the physical nature of the human body with variable individual features. The video game she shows here is based on the past experiences of people whose bodies have been turned into objects as a result of sexual violence and simulates such experiences.
"I stitch my skin to the ground."
Part 2: 2023/5/20 (Sat) - 6/18 (Sun)
Chen applies the formats of painting and manga to create works themed on the descriptive capacity of bundled information and multilingual expression. The work exhibited here embodies the artist’s attempt to mix elements of fact and fiction, presented as accounts/documents based on his actual experience, illustrating his relationship to his landlord’s Hatsuko .
"No drifting until ダンプリング to the door"
Aiming to read the “paths” of human activity that remain at places such as residential and depopulated areas, Daito has been engaging in her speculation while performing Bon dance, as an act of purification, and as a requiescat for the people of the past. The work exhibited here is set in Akita Prefecture. The artist dances to “beat her own path” through the surrounding landscape, while at once listening to its voice in response to her stomping feet. These actions, along with their notions of prayer and blessing, are visualized mainly in charcoal drawings.
"Stomped and Beaten Paths"
Okamoto suggests that people define reality according to their own language and perception of time, and that, when encountering the language and time frames of others, those appear to us like fiction. In the works exhibited here, the artist explores ways of utilizing the characteristics of video as a medium that allows for reassembling and juxtaposing different languages and time frames, and as a vehicle for new observations and visions of a reality somewhere between (our own) reality and fiction – other people’s reality.
"Calling birds "
Part 1: Artists' Talk
|Date||2023/4/8 (Sat) 16:30-18:00|
|Artists||MUROI Yusuke, INOUE Mizuki, USAMI Nao|
|Guest||HASEGAWA Arata (Independent curator)|
|Venue||Tokyo Arts and Space Hongo|
Part 2: Artists' Talk
|Date||2023/5/20 (Sat) 16:30-18:00|
|Artists||CHEN Shige, DAITO Shinobu, OKAMOTO Taiga|
|Guest|| SANBONMATSU Tomoyo (Curator, The Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura & Hayama)|