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Picks is a monthly sampling of Japan's art scene, offering commentary by a variety of reviewers about exhibitions at museums and galleries in recent weeks, with an emphasis on contemporary art by young artists.

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Kana Imanishi Exhibition
27 June - 2 July 2017
LADS Gallery
(Osaka)
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Imanishi fashions wooden sculptures of extremely everyday things -- shoes, bicycles, vacuum cleaners. What distinguishes her work is the way she deforms and discolors, to just the right degree, these otherwise utterly unremarkable motifs. In a previous solo show she hung reliefs on the wall, but most of the pieces here are solid objects that sit on the floor or a dais. Adding dimensionality is a smart move that augments the impact of her work.
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Shiho Ueda Exhibition
27 June - 2 July 2017
LADS Gallery
(Osaka)
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Ueda takes full advantage of the lightness of transparent watercolors in abstract paintings that evoke landscapes or the play of light and water. In this solo show, her biggest to date, she maximized her use of the exhibit space as well, displaying an impressive array of large works in various sizes on the longer walls, with smaller works toward the rear of the gallery. The compositional diversity of the layout complemented the rhythmic quality of the works themselves.
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Junko Oki Exhibition <Embroidery>

30 June - 23 July 2017
Shiseido Gallery
(Tokyo)
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A solo show by an artist known for works of delicate embroidery on old fabric. So finely wrought that no gaps can be seen between the stitches, these are unique creations that transcend embroidery's connective or decorative functions. Here the pieces were enclosed in white frames and hung from the ceiling; accompanying them were displays of Oki's needles and video works. All these elements contributed to an ambience through which time seemed to flow quietly.
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Aoi Hayashi: Traces of voice
8 - 16 July 2017
KUNST ARZT
(Kyoto)
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Unlike written language, the voice cannot be separated from the body of the speaker. Moreover, it is a phenomenon of its time and place that immediately vanishes. Instead of representing the immediacy of the voice through recording or other mechanical means, Hayashi paints her lips with lipstick and applies them directly to the canvas while voicing words. Thus she creates visible traces of physical contact between the speaking mouth and the canvas support, giving form to the sensation that every space is filled countless inaudible echoes.
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Ishikawa Kyuyo Calligraphy Exhibition
5 - 30 July 2017
The Ueno Royal Museum
(Tokyo)
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A retrospective of the renowned contemporary calligrapher's four-plus decades of work since the 1970s. Early on he drew characters not as lines but as surfaces. Later they became linear movements or waves, no longer legible as text. Neither characters nor pictures, his works are lines, signs, symbols, even maps. The show was a richly rewarding visual experience.
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HOKUSAI x FUJI: Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji and One Hundred Views of Mount Fuji - A Towering Lineup
27 June - 20 August 2017
The Sumida Hokusai Museum
(Tokyo)
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The museum's fourth "inaugural exhibition" since its opening in November 2016 showcased Hokusai's two great Fuji series. Adding a novel twist was the classification of his works according to such themes as Composition, Nature, Customs, Perspective, Legends, Yearly Events, and Humor. Dividing the show in this manner highlighted the protean nature of Hokusai's visual imagination.
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Japan Alps Art Festival 2017
4 June - 30 July 2017
Omachi City, various locations
(Nagano)
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This was the first year for a new art festival based in Omachi, a city picturesquely situated at the foot of the Northern Alps in Nagano Prefecture. Directed by ubiquitous artfest impresario Fram Kitagawa, the event exhibited works by 36 artists and art groups from Japan and abroad in such spots as downtown Omachi, the hot springs district, Lake Aoki and Omachi Dam. Unlike other arts festivals around the country, this one occupied a relatively small area. Though modest in scale, its attractive venues more than compensated for the few works on show.
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Takashi Inoi: Train Photo Fisherman
22 June - 8 August 2017
Canon Gallery S
(Tokyo)
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Inoi (1947-) is not only chair of the Japan Railway Photographers Society, but one of the pioneers of the avocation whose work is notable for the way he sets the trains off against their surroundings. He also has a brilliant instinct for place, time, and season, pressing the shutter with flawless timing. Likening his calling to that of a fisherman, he revels in the challenge of getting his shot at just the right instant.
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Arikata Osami: UTAKI

10 - 15 July 2017

Kobo 2
(Tokyo)
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Throughout his career, Osami (1947-) has unflaggingly produced decorous monochrome photographs taken with a large-format camera. Utaki are the sacred places of Okinawa, most of them hidden deep in tropical forest. Osami takes a humble, unassuming stance toward these mystical spots, which seem to blend seamlessly with the dense foliage enveloping them. His pictures beautifully capture the mysterious floating quality of these holy spaces.
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Seido Kino: Touch the forest, touched by the forest.
5 - 18 July 2017
Ginza Nikon Salon
(Tokyo)
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This 35-print exhibition portrays the "forest therapy" practiced by a mental hospital outside the city of Tomakomai, Hokkaido. Photographer Kino relates that when he suffered from emotional stress while in graduate school, he found solace in the woods around Kyoto. These works form a documentary that is at once sensitive and audacious in demonstrating how fine the line is between so-called mental health and illness.
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