2018.05.01 - 2018.07.31

Kenta Kawagoe

Born in 1982 in Kanagawa, Japan. Lives and works in Tokyo and Ibaraki.
Completed an M.F.A. in Inter-Media Art, Tokyo University of the Arts in 2008. After graduating, he worked as a web and graphic designer for approximately three years. He returned to Tokyo University of the Arts as a research assistant, adjunct lecturer and assistant between 2011 and 2018. In 2016, he received a grant for contemporary art from Terumo Foudantion for Life Sciences and Arts, traveling to Europe mainly Germany to carry out research about the life of Joseph Beuys and produce a new body of work.
Major exhibitions include “Some appearances” (Tokyo, 2017), "Polka Dot Exhibition by Assistants at GAP” (Ginza Mitsukoshi, Tokyo, 2017), “In Progress” (Zendai Contemporary Art Space, Shanghai Himalayas Museum Annex, Shanghai, China, 2015) among others.
Taking as his starting point the logic and processes of structure and time discovered through working with photography, his methodology involves an attempt to interpret the characteristic properties of painting and sculpture. In his practice, while the mediumーpainting and sculptureーasserts its uniformity through matter itself, it reveals its commensurability, or matrix. He aims to reassemble these properties, thus identified, to create a new unity/medium in his work.

Activity plan:
"I plan to continue developing my recent relief works that involve photo-collage.
I will try to utilize the opportunity offered by this program to present and discuss my practice. Furthermore, I will try to attune myself to things that have gone unnoticed in my work until now, while also clarifying its structural elements. My aim is to transcribe the medium itself as a result.
At present, I am interested in pre-modern British art, such as the work of John Constable, J.M.W.Turner and William Morris, in addition to the history of dance and dance notation. I’d like to continue my research into these areas during my time in London."

Date 2018.05.01 - 2018.07.31
Place 5/1-6/14 Youkobo in Tokyo, 6/15-7/31 Acme Studios in London
Website https://www.instagram.com/london_tokyo_y_air