On Exhibit: Linework, A Group Exhibition of 16 Postwar to Emerging Artists

By: SEI-RIN Co., Ltd.
SHINJUKU-KU, Japan - Sept. 1, 2021 - PRLog -- √K Contemporary (Root K Contemporary) is proud to host Linework. On view from August 28 on through September 20, the group show features over 150 works by 16 established to emerging artists.

About Linework
The crux of Linework stems from the fundamental role of lines.

Inspired by the ideas of the avant-garde calligrapher, Nankoku Hidai, the exhibition's premise originates from his notion of "Shin sen (spirit line)". Nankoku, who argued that "the essence of ...calligraphy is the expression which depends on a disciplined stroke regardless of the medium", viewed the lines as a full and sufficient vehicle for expression. Forging the avant-garde calligraphy movement, Nankoku broke away from orthodox traditions and launched an unprecedented and continued wave of innovation.

With this, Linework invites viewers to re-examine the act of drawing through the role of the line. The deceptively simple act of line-making is a crucial device that can differ greatly upon how, where, and when its drawn. A continuation of Hidai's lifelong endeavor, Linework was planned with the hopes of breaking past conventions for the development of new, liberated modes of thought and expression. Addressing the line as an unbound expression of infinite possibility, Linework welcomes viewers to discover the point at which the line turns to art.

Exhibition Highlights
  • The Calligrapher's Line
Hidai Nankoku's calligraphy transcends traditional assumptions. Blurring the boundaries between writing & painting, his legacy compelled the re-evaluation of the medium. In addition, Linework offers a work by the late, internationally acclaimed avant-garde calligrapher, Toko Shinoda.
  • Drawings of Postwar Japan
From Hiroshi Fujimatsu to Toshimitsu Imai, Waichi Tsutaka, and more, Linework features works by the vanguards of who shaped and popularized the face of the medium.
  • The Lines of Mid-Career to Emerging Artists
Linework's diverse lineup offers a distinct selection of "lines" by artists associated with a range of differing genres. Among which are the works of Kanji Yumisashi, a participant of the Watarium Art Museum's Ripple Across the Water 2021 exhibition, and Kosuke Ikeda, whose budding and diverse oeuvre spans from conceptual writing to painting.

Linework Details
Exhibiting Artists|Asako Hoshikawa, C-Botsu, Fumiaki Akahane, Naoto Kumagai, Nankoku Hidai, Kanji Yumisashi, Kiyoshi Hamada, Kosuke Ikeda, Nankoku Hidai, Pelonmi, Rie Ono, Sohyun Park, Tanpakushitsu, Toko Shinoda, Toshimitsu Imai & Waichi Tsutaka.
Exhibiting Works|Over 150.
Dates|2021.8.28 - 9.20 (Closed Sun & Mon. Open on Public Holidays)
Free Admittance
Venue & Organizer|√K Contemporary (6 Minamicho, Shinkuku-ku, Tokyo)
Exhibition HP|https://root-k.jp/exhibitions_en/sen_no_katachi_linework
Support|Tenrai Shoin Co. Ltd, CAVE-AYUMIGALLERY
*Depending on the state of COVID-19, details are subject to change. All visitors will be asked to co-operate with mask-wearing and hand disinfection.
Source:SEI-RIN Co., Ltd.
Location:Shinjuku-ku - Tokyo - Japan
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