Hamada Kiyoshi Strata of Memory – Light and Shadow –

Venue: √K Contemporary (Root K Contemporary, 6 Minamicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo)
Dates: Sept 19 (Sat) – Oct 24 (Sat), 2020
Open 11am to 7pm. Closed Sun & Mon. Open everyday during Silver Week (Sept 19 – Sept 22)
Artist: Kiyoshi Hamada
Exhibiting approx 30 works from the 1980’s to the present

“Perpetual movement, to never be in one place.

To feel a memory that has passed, now, before your very eyes.

Now is when one is in a position to finally witness the freedom of their force (movement).”

 Kiyoshi Hamada

 

 


 

√K Contemporary is proud to present Hamada’s third major solo exhibition, “Strata of Memory -Light and Shadow”.

Following his solo exhibitions at Kashima Arts (Kyobashi, Tokyo, 2016) and Nerima Art Museum (Nerima-ku, Tokyo, 2015), Kiyoshi Hamada has since participated in international art fairs, receiving much global acclaim.

Born in Kochi prefecture, Hamada was inspired by the light and darkness of his hometown’s seascapes. While he is now past 80 years old, every day, he continues his vigorous but quiet, repetitive process of production. Akin to ideas of eternal return, the perpetuity of Hamada’s laborious artistic process births new, phenomenological motifs for the artist. Echoing a sense of acceptance, this new series is Hamada’s triumph; his successful manifestation of a, once, vague memory, and creation and control of light and shadow. Like how eyes must adapt to the darkness, these works capture, adjust, and express subtle variations in light as a way to explore the monochromatic. Unifying existence and non-existence, these works form as three-dimensional extensions of a new world.

 

The unification of polarities. Consolidations of light and shadow, symbolic to ideas of Yin and Yang. 
 
As Hamada’s newest endeavor, this series reflects the artist’s constant endeavor to innovate and produce new systems and values for his work. 
 

【Exhibition Highlights】

While he has past 80 years in age, Hamada has never ceased his artistic endeavours.

This exhibition will follow his path and present approximately 30 works from the 1980’s to his most recent, newest 2020 series. 

Drawing Re-Examined

While Hamada began his career as a highly acclaimed woodblock print artist, he began to search for new forms of artistic expressions in the 1980s. Introducing his newfound aesthetic, Hamada’s Drawing series consisted of works on paper, that contained overlapping, single pencil lines that amassed into a completely black surface. Created through a set of repetitive movements,  the “surface” of each work emerges with the illuminating glow of graphite.

・Light and Darkness in a Monochrome World

A new series of semi-sculptural works will be unveiled at this exhibition. Stepping away from two-dimensional modes of production, these works reflect the artist’s continuous endeavor to address and express where he is “now”. As works of light and shadow, they evoke visceral and primordial feelings of self-reflection.

One of the key works from the exhibition, “2-2-17” (2020), consists of 6 panels that are, altogether, 3m in width. An entirely black surface of overlapping woodblocks, the formal texture of the work changes the experience of the work completely from the angle of sight. These pure expressions of light and shadow reflect the sensitivity Hamada developed over 80 years of age.

 


“Strata of Memory – Light and Shadow -” Exhibition Catalog】

Catalogs of exhibited works and an accompanying essay will be available for purchase.

*Catalog contains full English translations.

Both, a record and an ode to Hamada’s oeuvre, these catalogs illustrate the history of the artist’s work and development, from the 1980’s to the present alongside writings by the art critic, Ren Fukuzumi.

〈Hamada Kiyoshi “Strata of Memory -Light and Shadow-” Exhibition Catalog〉
Price: 1,000 yen
Illustrated works: approximately 30 exhibited works

For all inquires, click here.

 


 

IMAGES

ARTISTS

Kiyoshi Hamada

Born 1937 in Kochi, Japan. Graduates from Tama Art University in 1961. Following art school graduation, Hamada became acquainted with the great avant-garde artists of post-war Japan, such as Yoshishige Saito, and began developing unique abstract forms of aesthetic expressions. He was awarded an Honorable Mention at the Modern Woodblock Prints Competition of 1977 and, while amassing much acclaim, has been active in various domestic and international exhibitions. In 2015, his solo exhibition, “The Legacy of Kiyoshi Hamada – Paintings of Layering and Erasing“, was held at the Nerima Art Museum and his works, in their quiet, but ever-developing aesthetic and production.

Kiyoshi Hamada

Born 1937 in Kochi, Japan. Graduates from Tama Art University in 1961. Following art school graduation, Hamada became acquainted with the great avant-garde artists of post-war Japan, such as Yoshishige Saito, and began developing unique abstract forms of aesthetic expressions. He was awarded an Honorable Mention at the Modern Woodblock Prints Competition of 1977 and, while amassing much acclaim, has been active in various domestic and international exhibitions. In 2015, his solo exhibition, “The Legacy of Kiyoshi Hamada – Paintings of Layering and Erasing“, was held at the Nerima Art Museum and his works, in their quiet, but ever-developing aesthetic and production.

UPCOMINGEXHIBITIONS

Kiyoshi Hamada

Born 1937 in Kochi, Japan. Graduates from Tama Art University in 1961. Following art school graduation, Hamada became acquainted with the great avant-garde artists of post-war Japan, such as Yoshishige Saito, and began developing unique abstract forms of aesthetic expressions. He was awarded an Honorable Mention at the Modern Woodblock Prints Competition of 1977 and, while amassing much acclaim, has been active in various domestic and international exhibitions. In 2015, his solo exhibition, “The Legacy of Kiyoshi Hamada – Paintings of Layering and Erasing“, was held at the Nerima Art Museum and his works, in their quiet, but ever-developing aesthetic and production.

Kiyoshi Hamada

Born 1937 in Kochi, Japan. Graduates from Tama Art University in 1961. Following art school graduation, Hamada became acquainted with the great avant-garde artists of post-war Japan, such as Yoshishige Saito, and began developing unique abstract forms of aesthetic expressions. He was awarded an Honorable Mention at the Modern Woodblock Prints Competition of 1977 and, while amassing much acclaim, has been active in various domestic and international exhibitions. In 2015, his solo exhibition, “The Legacy of Kiyoshi Hamada – Paintings of Layering and Erasing“, was held at the Nerima Art Museum and his works, in their quiet, but ever-developing aesthetic and production.

[Solo Exhibitions]

Solo Exhibitions: 

1963 Ogikubo Gallery, Tokyo

1964  Lunami Gallery, Tokyo

1965  Mudo Gallery, Tokyo

1971  Sirota Gallery, Tokyo, ‘73,’76,’77,’11

1975  Muramatsu Gallery, Tokyo, ‘76, ‘77

1978  Kobayashi Gallery, Tokyo, ‘86

1979  Moris Gallery, Tokyo, ‘83

          Tsubaki Modern Gallery, Tokyo, ‘87

1980 Gallery Yo, Tokyo

1982 Kaneko Art Gallery, Tokyo, ‘83, ‘86- ‘88, ‘91 -’01, ‘03-’07, ‘09

              Kochi Art Gallery, Kochi

1983  Galerie Humanite, Nagoya

1984  Nisshin Gallery, Tokyo

1989  Yoseido Reflection Gallery, Tokyo

1995  Gallery Ohira, Kochi

              Gallery Yume, Tokyo ‘96, ‘04, ‘05, ‘11

1996  Gallery You, Kyoto ‘97

              Shonandai, Fujisawa ‘98

1998  Gallery Crillon, Tokyo

1999  23 Gallery, Tokyo ‘01

              Atelier UNO, Tokyo

2005 Gallery AO, Kobe ‘08

2006 Atelier Rika, Kochi

              Gallery DOKA, Tokyo

2009 Gallery Amano, Yamanashi ‘10

              Shonandai MY Gallery, Tokyo ‘10- ‘12

2010 Gallery Ekouan, Tokyo, ’12, ’14, ’17

2015 Gallery Kawafune, Tokyo ’17, ’18

            “The Legacy of Kiyoshi Hamada – Paintings of Layering and Erasing“ Nerima Art Museum, Tokyo

2016 “Zero no Inori”, Kashima Arts , Tokyo

For the Kiyoshi Hamada interview, “Tokyo 80’s Another Story”

[Group Exhibitions]

 

Group Exhibitions

1964  International Young Artists Exhibition (Europe to Japan), Seibu Department Store (Tokyo)

1977 Miami International Graphics Biennale (Florida) (Awarded Prize)

Osaka Biennale of Prints Competition, (Osaka)

Contemporary Art Center (Osaka) (Awarded Prize)

1978 Kraków International Prints Biennale (Poland) ’80,’84

1979 Ljubljana International Prints Biennial (Yugoslavia)

21 Contemporary Japanese Print Makers, Cleveland Museum of Art (USA)

Contemporary Art Exhibition of Japan (Tokyo)

Museum of Art (Tokyo, Kyoto) (Awarded Prize, Bridgestone Museum of Art)

1980  Contemporary Japanese Prints Exhibition, Henry Gallery (USA)

Japanese Prints ’80, Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Art, (Tochigi) ‘85

1981 Japan Art Festival’81, Uenonomori Museum of Art(Tokyo, London) (Awarded Prize, Uenonomori

Museum of Art)

Seibu Triennial Exhibition of Prints, Seibu Museum of Art (Tokyo) (Awarded Prize)

Awarded Prize Exhibition, Osaka Contemporary Art Center (Osaka)

Contemporary Art Exhibition of Japan, Tokyo Museum of Art (Tokyo, Kyoto) (Awarded Prize, Tokyo National Museum of Modern Art)

1982  30th Anniversary Modern Japanese Art, 1945 from the Museum Collection, Tokyo National Museum of Modern Art (Tokyo)

1986 Black and White in Art Today, Saitama Prefectural Museum of Modern Art (Saitama)

1988  Grenchen International Triennial of Original Graphic Prints (Switzerland)

1991 Line in Contemporary Art “The Destination of Eyes and Hands,” Saitama Prefectural Museum of Modern

Art (Saitama)

1993  Vision, Illusion and Anti-Illusion from the Museum Collection, Tokyo Museum of Art (Tokyo)

1994  Commemorating 20 Years, Exhibition of Awarded Works, Osaka Contemporary Art Center (Osaka)

1996 Prints in the 1970, Shoto Museum of Art (Tokyo)

2003  100 Artists of 150 Years Exhibition, Kochi Prefectural Museum of Art (Kochi)

The Private Collection of a Salary Man: Japanese Post-War Art, Mitaka City Gallery (Tokyo)

2006 Black and White: Colors in Black, Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery (Tokyo)

With You, With Art, Fuchu Art Museum (Tokyo)

2012  Post-war Kochi Art Exhibition, and Avant-Garde Tosa-ha Exhibition, Kochi Prefectural Museum of Art (Kochi)

2015  “Rhythm of Form: Various Expressions of Abstract Art” Kochi Prefectural Museum of Art (Kochi)

2019 “MONO”, Gene Gallery, (Shanghai, China)