GALLERY KOGURE NEW YORK
Hideki Tokushige Solo Exhibition
2018.1.12（Fri.）- 2.3 (Sat.)
Queen of the Night #01
gelatin silver print
Jan. 12 [Fri.] - Feb. 3 [Sat.]
11:00-18:00 or by appointment
Closed on Sun and Mon
11:00-18:00 または 予約制
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]
NO-BANA (Brain Flower), LOWER AKIHABARA. , Tokyo, Japan
HONEBANA (Bone Flower) - Queen of the night -, LOWER AKIHABARA. , Tokyo, Japan
YUKI-SIS presents The Fools ≒ Great Artists, Spiral Garden, Tokyo, Japan
The Fools -Group exhibition by various artists, Gallery YUKI-SIS, Tokyo, Japan
UFO has arrived at YUKI-SIS, Gallery YUKI-SIS, Tokyo, Japan
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
The Fools → Great Artists, Gallery YUKI−SIS, Tokyo, Japan
ReSTART Group Exhibition, Gallery YUKI−SIS／, Tokyo, Japan
Esperanto, Bunkamura Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
CABINET DA-END 03, Galerie Da-End, Paris, France
Magnetic Field Resonance, Gallery YUKI−SIS, Tokyo, Japan
Melting Point, Gallery YUKI−SIS, Tokyo, Japan
YOUNG ARTISTS JAPAN Vol.4, Gallery TAGBOAT, Tokyo, Japan
spiral take art collection 2017, Tokyo, Japan, December 15-25
FINE ART ASIA, Hong Kong, October 3-7
ART FAIR ASIA FUKUOKA 2015, Fukuoka JP, September 4-6
OFF ART FAIR 2013, Brussels, Belgium, April 19-22
Affordable art fair NYC, NY, USA, April 3-7
ULTRA005 - Emerging director's art fair, Spiral Garden, Tokyo, October 27-30
PhotoTaipei 2011, Taipei, Taiwan, December 15-18
YOUNG ARTISTS JAPAN Vol.4 Grand Prix, Tokyo, Japan
Rodolphe Lachat, "Anatomy Rocks: Flesh and bones in contemporary art", October 18
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
Graduated from Nippon Photography Institute, Department of documentary photography, Tokyo