Directors’ Selection – FOCUS
Various Artists
2018.05.11(Friday) - 2018.06.02(Saturday) OPENING PARTY :05. 11 (Fri) | 18 : 00 - OPEN : TUE - SAT | 12:00 - 19:00


We are pleased  to announce our upcoming exhibition, “Directors’ Selection -Focus”. For the third time, three directors of Tezukayama Gallery have each enthusiastically selected three artists–Daisuke Ida, Koutarou Ushijima and Chiharu Kihara–to present to you their original works.

– Artist Profile –

Daisuke Ida was born in 1987 in Tottori and currently works in Tokyo. The young artist’s installation work is playful and interactive. With his approaches and components speaking on the subject of the present and the past, using contemporary techniques, he likes to interact with his viewers while sharing some of his own roots. Ida has effectively got his well-deserved attention after participating in significant exhibitions since 2016 such as the 19th Exhibition of the Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporary Art in Kawasaki, Fujinoyama Biennale in Shizuoka, and ‘LOVE LOVE SHOW The Second’ of Aomori Museum, respectively. In this exhibition, he will be showcasing two of his installations, with one that was once featured at Yonago City Museum of Art.

Koutarou Ushijima born in 1978 in Fukuoka and now works in Ehime. His installations are found in an array of mediums but the consistency of narrative texts are used throughout. The phrases in Japanese are created by a collection of passages from books and other articles collaged together. Beyond galleries and museums, his work is also found in public spaces – from international airports to department stores, train stations to telephone booths to even the woods. His work has been seen globally. An illustration work « One Sheet Story » and a sculpture « Method of Arrangement » will be shown in this exhibition.

Chiharu Kihara had taught herself art since her teenage years. She was born in Yamaguchi in 1979 and now works in Tokyo. With her curiosity of techniques, unique sense of colour and versatile brushstrokes, she creates dynamic paintings while exploring the vitality of human beings and other living things.Some of her achievements include a solo exhibition in 2001 organized by sculptor, Katsura Funakoshi, a placement in the VOCA 2006 at the Ueno Royal Museum, and first prize in the13th Maebashi Art Competition Live 2009 (the prized work now a part of Arts Maebashi Collection). Since 2013, she has been holding solo shows every year.