NY201801HidekiTokushige

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GALLERY KOGURE NEW YORK


Hideki Tokushige Solo Exhibition


"HONEBANA"


2018.1.12(Fri.)- 2.3 (Sat.)

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Queen of the Night #01
[ed.1/3]
2013
26×33 cm
gelatin silver print
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■Date
Jan. 12 [Fri.] - Feb. 3 [Sat.]

■Open
11:00-18:00 or by appointment
Closed on Sun and Mon

■会期
2018年1月12日(金)- 2月3日(土)

■時間
11:00-18:00 または 予約制
日月 休廊

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HONEBANA (Bone Flowers)

Pieces made out of fur and bones of dead animals mimicking the shape of flowers as a manifestation of how ephemeral our lives are and, showing that we too will wither and die.

There are many ways of looking at death. One of them is that death is not the end, that we change forms after dying and continue to live as memories inside other people's hearts. Our flesh turns to bones and return to dirt, where it will become part of flowers, weeds, clouds, and so on, always transmigrating in this world without ever leaving. This is what the Japanese call "the impermanence of worldly things." People in modern societies are estranged from this flux of life and death; they obscure death, avoid aging and loathe sickness.

The HONEBANA (Bone Flowers) series is Tokushige's life's work as an artist, but not only that. It is also

He considers the HONEBANA (Bone Flowers) series to be his life's work as an artist, but not only that: it is also his way of returning once more to the root of life and death in search for the new form of someone's soul and rebirth state. In the process for creating his work the artist collects animal carcasses, dissects them, removes the bones, and finally makes the flowers. He then prepares documents about the pieces, photographs them, develops the photos, and returns the portrayed flowers to the soil. This ritualistic process – the concept behind HONEBANA – brings to life a unique artwork created out of the symbols of death: bones.

The expression of Tokushige is not only about photographing and developing the photos of his work. The mystical beauty of the bone flowers – portrayed through his lenses – makes us inquire about the meaning of life and death.

This exhibition presents some of his previous works, and it is only a preview of a private exhibition scheduled to take place in March.

Hideki Tokushige [Artist URL]
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■SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2015
NO-BANA (Brain Flower), LOWER AKIHABARA. , Tokyo, Japan
2013
HONEBANA (Bone Flower) - Queen of the night -, LOWER AKIHABARA. , Tokyo, Japan

■GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2017
YUKI-SIS presents The Fools ≒ Great Artists, Spiral Garden, Tokyo, Japan
The Fools -Group exhibition by various artists, Gallery YUKI-SIS, Tokyo, Japan
2016
UFO has arrived at YUKI-SIS, Gallery YUKI-SIS, Tokyo, Japan
2015
Young people who open up the era, Takamatsu Mitsukoshi Art Gallery, Kagawa, Japan
Yayoi Kusama and New Age Artists, Hiroshima Mitsukoshi Gallery, Hiroshima, Japan
Yayoi Kusama and New Age Artists, Niigata Mitsukoshi Art Gallery, Niigata, Japan
Animals revived in Art, Istean Shinjuku Art Gallery, Tokyo, May 11-17
Art exhibition with bones, Istean Shinjuku Art Gallery, Tokyo, April 15-21
LOST ANIMALS II, Gallery Art Composition, Tokyo, Japan
2014
The Fools → Great Artists, Gallery YUKI−SIS, Tokyo, Japan
2013
ReSTART Group Exhibition, Gallery YUKI−SIS/, Tokyo, Japan
Esperanto, Bunkamura Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
CABINET DA-END 03, Galerie Da-End, Paris, France
2012
Magnetic Field Resonance, Gallery YUKI−SIS, Tokyo, Japan
Melting Point, Gallery YUKI−SIS, Tokyo, Japan
2011
YOUNG ARTISTS JAPAN Vol.4, Gallery TAGBOAT, Tokyo, Japan

■ART FAIRS
2017
spiral take art collection 2017, Tokyo, Japan, December 15-25
2015
FINE ART ASIA, Hong Kong, October 3-7
ART FAIR ASIA FUKUOKA 2015, Fukuoka JP, September 4-6
2013
OFF ART FAIR 2013, Brussels, Belgium, April 19-22
Affordable art fair NYC, NY, USA, April 3-7
2012
ULTRA005 - Emerging director's art fair, Spiral Garden, Tokyo, October 27-30
2011
PhotoTaipei 2011, Taipei, Taiwan, December 15-18

■AWARD
2011
YOUNG ARTISTS JAPAN Vol.4 Grand Prix, Tokyo, Japan

■BIBLIOGRAPHY
2016
Rodolphe Lachat, "Anatomy Rocks: Flesh and bones in contemporary art", October 18
2013
SNAPPP Photo magazine, August Issue, Taiwan
Liat Clark "Frozen rats and mice used to create beautiful bone flowers", July 31
Jaymi Mccann "Rodent rhododendron: Artist creates flowers from the bones of dead mice and rats"
Daily Mail Online, June 20
"Tokushige Hideki's 'Honebana': Bone Artist Uses Unlikely Medium To Create Haunting Floral Works"
The Huffington Post, June 4

■EDUCATION
1997
Graduated from Nippon Photography Institute, Department of documentary photography, Tokyo
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