坂本和也 : Symbiosis
展覽日期 Dates｜2018. 04. 14 – 2018. 06. 02
開幕時間 Opening Reception｜2018. 04. 14 (Sat.) 15:00
展覽地點 Venue｜台北日動畫廊 galerie nichido Taipei
自 2015 年首次造訪，坂本和也便對台灣的文化生活、自然景觀，以
Kazuya Sakamoto: Symbiosis
2018. 04. 14 – 2018. 06. 02
galerie nichido Taipei is pleased to present “Symbiosis”, the first solo exhibition of Japanese artist Kazuya Sakamoto. Born in a place surrounded by nature, Kazuya Sakamoto describes his choice of depicting waterweeds as a necessity, and as an act to question his own raison d’etre.
Since his first visit to Taiwan in 2015, Kazuya Sakamoto has been interested in the culture, nature, and the historical interaction between Japan and Taiwan. The abundant plant species nurtured due to Taiwan’s unique climate also made a great impression on the artist, who continues to use “water weeds” as his main creating motif. He received the fund from The Japanese Government Agency for Cultural Affairs Program of Overseas Study as one of the twenty young creators to study abroad for his promising talent as well as the close connection between his work and the location (Taiwan) he chose. With the support of many local art professionals, Sakamoto started his one year life in Taiwan with a personal studio in Polymer since last September.
This exhibition will show his most recent works created in Taiwan, with an article written by Daisuke Miyatsu, art collector and professor at the Yokohama College of Art and Design. The exhibition title “Symbiosis” means a relationship between two types of animal or plant in which each provides for the other the conditions necessary for its continued existence, or a relationship between people or organizations that depend on each other equally. Similarly, the plants that intricately intertwine in Sakamoto’s paintings, combined with the thick application of the paints, also probes into the manifestations of the various links of lives. We sincerely invite all guests to enter a lush universe created by the artist and explore how the artist implements his artistry to communicate other possible expressions with regards to time and space in contemporary painting.
For full article of Daisuke Miyatsu’s article “The Possibility of Japanese Animism: Waterweeds as Microcosms”, please refer to the following link:
Kazuya Sakamoto, 1985 born in Tottori, Japan. He received his MFA, Contemporary Arts from Nagoya University of Art, Aichi, Japan in 2014. Since his graduation, Sakamoto lived and worked in Aichi, Japan, and relocated in Taipei, Taiwan for one year from 2017 after receiving the fund from The Japanese Government Agency for Cultural Affairs Program of Overseas Study. Recent solo exhibitions include Kazuya Sakamoto: Landscape Gardening, Yonago City Museum of Art (2017), Kazuya Sakamoto: Between Breaths, nca | nichido contemporary art, Tokyo (2016). Selected group exhibitions: Identity XIII – curated by Daisuke Miyatsu -, nca | nichido contemporary art, Tokyo (2017), As Small as the Universe, galerie nichido Taipei, Taipei (2016), Fruitfulness – Contemporary Art in Toyokawa, Toyokawa City Sakuragaoka Museum, Aichi (2015), Arts Challenge 2015, Aichi Arts Center, Aichi (2015), Some Like It Witty, Gallery EXIT, Hong Kong (2014) and others.
©kazuya Sakamoto, Anima(partial), 2018, 162 x 130 cm, oil on canvas