2023.04.15 – 2023.05.07
”Beard” 2023 1303mm×1620mm Oil on canvas
ARTDYNE has relocated to Nihonbashi Kayabacho, close to the financial hub of the city, and will reopen for business on Saturday 15 April. As a first step, Koshiro Kihara will present his first solo exhibition in Tokyo, ”Ugoite, Tsukamenai” from 15 Apr (Sat) to 7 May (Sun), 2023.
Kihara Koshiro was born in 1997 in Hyogo Prefecture as the elder brother of identical twins, and completed his postgraduate studies in Fine Arts at Onomichi City University in 2022. He currently works with his twin brother, Kenshiro Kihara, in a joint studio in Hyogo.
The mysterious mollusc-like motifs painted by Kihara give the viewer a sense of frustration, as they have clear contours but no real substance. The paintings, with their peculiar shapes, vivid colours and glossy surfaces, seem smooth and wet, evoking a certain eroticism, drawing in and out the viewer’s gaze as if they were breathing.
In these mysterious works, which bring about a strange sense of familiarity and a faint sense of guilt, Kihara has consistently attempted to coexist the opposing elements of abstraction and figuration. By exploring the various spaces where opposites such as ‘fact’ vs. ‘fiction’, ‘moment’ vs. ‘eternity’ intersect, and by attempting to reduce them to two dimensions, he attempts to show the existence of a realm that cannot be expressed in words.
In his first solo exhibition in Tokyo, Kohshiro Kihara will present eight oil paintings, including a 100-size canvas. We hope you will take this opportunity to view and appreciate the works.
As a second part of the opening, a solo exhibition by Kihara’s twin brother, Kenshiro Kihara, will be presented from 13 May (Sat). We look forward to seeing you there too.
What is it that I am depicting? Are they ‘reality’ or ‘fiction’? And are they ‘figurative’ or ‘abstract’? My work moves back and forth between various complex dichotomies, including ‘figurative’ and ‘abstract’. These two opposing elements are as fluid and unstable as the motifs I depict, and are constantly shifting within the picture plane. What I want to depict is the unspoken and elusive fluctuation itself.
Born: Hyogo Prefecture
Completed postgraduate studies in Fine Arts, Onomichi City University
The Graduates Dream <Gallery A8T, Sendai>.
Figure and Ground, a two-person exhibition by Koshiro Kihara and Kenshiro Kihara at Artglorieux, Tokyo.
Koshiro Kihara and Kenshiro Kihara two-person exhibition ‘Stranger’ <LloydWorks Gallery, Tokyo
Infinity Mirror, a two-person exhibition by Koshiro Kihara and Kenshiro Kihara, Gallery A8T, Sendai.
ART NAGOYA 2023 <Nagoya Kanko Hotel, Nagoya> (from ARTDYNE)
AaP2022 <LloydWorks Gallery, Tokyo>.
The Night Before the Break Exhibition 2022 <Artglorieux, Tokyo>.
KUMA EXHIBITION 2022 (ANB Tokyo, Tokyo)
ART LIBERATION WARD <Fukushima Bldg./Tokyo
One FACE 2022 <Lloydworks Gallery, Tokyo>.
Koshiro Kihara Small Works Exhibition (Tokyo Do Bookstore, Tokyo)
2-Dimensional School Exhibition (Daikanyama Hillside Forum, N &A Art SITE, Tokyo)
3331 ART FAIR (ARTDYNE, Tokyo)
Young Artists’ Show 2021 <Gallery A8T, Sendai>.
TAGBOAT AWARD SERECTS〈Hankyu Men’s Tokyo Tugboat Gallery, Tokyo
CORE part1 <Hankyu Men’s Tokyo Tugboat Gallery New Space, Tokyo
Kuma Foundation 5th Creator Scholarship
The Muranushi Foundation for Contemporary Art and Culture Young Artists Grant Scheme
The 16th TAGBOAT AWARD Special Jury Prize (Tokumitsu Kenji Prize)
Muni Art Award Finalist
Cooperation in painting for Shunji Iwai’s film ‘The Graduates’.
Published in the February issue of the monthly public call guide “Blue and Hot”.
Published in Art Collectors February issue
BS Fuji “The Night Before the Break – Artists of the Next Generation”
Published in the December issue of the monthly art magazine ’66 new works by 40 next breakthrough artists’.