Takashi Hinoda Solo Exhibition “Society of Peers”

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Takashi Hinoda Solo Exhibition “Society of Peers”
Nov 25, 2017 (sat) – Dec 23, 2017 (sat)
Hours: 12:00〜19:00
Closed: Sundays,Mondays, National Holidays



Imura art gallery kyoto
Access: 31 Kawabata-higashi Marutamachi
Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, 606-8395 Japan
Tel: 075-761-7372
Hours: 12:00 – 19:00
Closed: Sundays, Mondays, National Holidays


Imura art gallery is pleased to announce “Society of Peers,” an exhibition by Takashi Hinoda.

In the two years since his last exhibition at the gallery, Hinoda’s international reputation has continued to grow, and he has participated in many group exhibitions, including art museum shows in France, China, and Indonesia. This solo exhibition largely comprises new works in which he explores a new form of sculpture. His painted imagery has become even more complex. He has not abandoned sculptural characteristics such as the creation of splits, but the most striking characteristic of the artist’s new work is that the cutting sheet he used as an element of spatial composition, and the katakana characters and patterns he used in 2-dimensional images on the surface of a 3-dimensional work, are now realized in 3-dimensional solid forms.

A society that respects only consensus and peer conformity generates exclusion, becoming filled with a sense of being penned in. That sense runs through the new works like a continuous base line, explains Hinoda. This group of works seems to manifest hidden frustrations, anger, and waves of welling-up emotions. To convey the transformation in Takashi Hinoda’s work, the spatial composition of the exhibition includes both 3-dimensional and 2-dimensional works.

Society of Peers

Living in a world overshadowed by the spread of populism and the violence that is linked to it, we have to ask whether there is anything we can do in such a situation to improve the world even just a little. The answer to that question lies in thinking about how to accept and live in harmony with people who are different (not like you). We live in a society where there is silent pressure to conform with our peers in all things by diligently reading the signs around us.What is most lacking in this situation is probably thinking about others and applying our imagination and the power of language to them. Japanese uses the term “kotodama” to describe a spirit believed to be invoked by the use of words, but the words that we speak and write (or otherwise input) today are increasingly losing their deep resonances and their ability to stir or shake something fundamental.

One series of works in this exhbition runs counter to the current tendency to chase darkness and inconvenience out of our living environment, as exemplified by convenience stores operating 24 hours a day. These are works that feel like looking at the darkness in yourself or at something for which you cannot find a rational explanation. Alongside them is another series of scuptured forms that give actual shape to written characters, focusing on the pronunciations or sounds and the meanings associated with them. Through this series I also felt that I was returning to the culture of graffiti that is one of the long-standing influences on my work. Spaces tagged by graffiti artists represent an encounter between public and private, Whether you like it or not, the act of creating such graffiti is a form of expression that simultanteously occupies a space to a certain extent and sounds off (or in other words, causes injury to someone). Thinking about that ambiguity also links to the current group of works
Takashi Hinoda

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