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Schoeni Projects

de/re CONSTRUCT: an exhibition by Tanabe Chikuunsai IV & Sawako Kaijima and Kensuke Koike

Hosted by: Schoeni Projects

Exhibition:

Oct. 19, 2022 - Nov. 6, 2022

Wing Gallery

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What's On / Current and Upcoming / de/re CONSTRUCT: an exhibition by Tanabe Chikuunsai IV & Sawako Kaijima and Kensuke Koike

Exhibition Information

Oct. 19, 2022 - Nov. 6, 2022

Wing Gallery

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Schoeni Projects

Themes of deconstructing and reconstructing the past are explored through the works of three Japanese artists, Tanabe Chikuunsai IV & Sawako Kaijima and Kensuke Koike. This exhibition is held in collaboration with Wamono Art and Open Doors Gallery.

The foundation of the exhibition explores themes of deconstructing the past, and the use of technology to reconstruct them into contemporary visual artworks. It celebrates the artists' craftsmanship and multidisciplinary art forms with the goal to inspire dialogue and creative exchange.

Tanabe Chikuunsai IV (b.1973, Osaka), a gifted and versatile fourth-generation bamboo artist, has carried on his family’s legacy and drawn on inspiration from his heritage to elevate a long line of bamboo craftsmanship into modern art. By collaborating with Sawako Kaijima (b.1976, Tokyo), a computational specialist and Assistant Professor at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, the duo used software and 3D-printed moulds to aid the design of mathematically complex structures which Tanabe then masterfully translated into the medium of bamboo.

For Venice and Tokyo-based artist Kensuke Koike (b.1980, Nagoya), his vision to bring history to the future is by deconstructing and reconfiguring vintage photographs to create sculptural works with a surrealist playfulness. His practice is centred around a philosophy of 'no more, no less' exploring the possibilities of creating a new image made up only of itself. This involves using only the existing assets found within an image to create a contemporary visual with a new narrative - a process he has coined as 'single image processing'. Using found objects in this way creates a more dynamic way of working, as although he experiments with many prototypes initially, there is only one chance to work with the original photograph.

This exhibition is being presented as part of Asian Art in London.

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Schoeni Projects

Schoeni Projects

Founded by Nicole Schoeni, Schoeni Projects is a contemporary art platform headquartered in London, with offices in Hong Kong. Schoeni Projects believes that art and the platforms on which it is shared, should be fluid and flexible allowing artists and art practitioners to connect, collaborate and engage in dialogue with ease. 

“Schoeni Projects is the exciting next chapter in my family's commitment to facilitating cross-cultural collaborations between Asia and Europe. Building on this legacy, my new venture expands beyond the confines of the typical gallery model; my hope is that, whilst reflecting my father's artistic philosophy and unique joie-de-vivre, we will also provide a distinctly new and dynamic space, a truly contemporary hub for artists and art lovers to meet, engage and collaborate.” — Nicole Schoeni, May 2020 


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