EUGENE STUDIO / Eugene Kangawa

Archive site of the solo exhibition “EUGENE STUDIO After the rainbow” (2021. Sep–2022. Feb) at Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo. You can see highlights and archives like images, maps, texts, etc.

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EUGENE STUDIO / EUGENE Kangawa
Left: Critical, 2021 / Right: White Painting series, 2017
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Eugene Kangawa / EUGENE STUDIO

Eugene Kangawa is a contemporary artist, born in 1989 in the United States. He mainly produces paintings and installations. Previous major exhibitions include solo exhibition “THE EUGENE Studio 1/2 Century Later”(2017) at Shiseido Gallery, Tokyo; “Shikkoku-Noh” (pitch darkness-Noh) (2019) at The National Art Center, Tokyo; and group exhibition “de-sport” (2020) at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa,he also contributed to exhibition “89+” (2014) at Serpentine Gallery in London, Eugene will hold a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo from November 2021 as the youngest artist in the museum’s history.
He worked with the London-based collective Assemble for the Centennial Exhibition of Shiseido Gallery (2018–2019), and collaborated with renowned American science-fiction novelist Ken Liu on Alter (2017). These achievements were featured in the book The Age of Art x Technology (by Daisuke Miyatsu, Kobunsha) along with teamLab as one of the four leading Japanese artists in 2017.
His two short films released in 2021 in the United States have been continually chosen for official selections and won the top prize at more than 10 international film festivals including the Oscar-qualifying Brooklyn Film Festival, WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival, and Pan African Film Festival and more.



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Left: Critical, 2021
Right: White Painting series
Juliette, Sandra, Mitch, Wills, Gillies, Ergas, Asheron, James, Lilly, Thomas. P, Elias, Sofia, Victoria, Mackay, Jamin, Amelius, Prince, Cathy, Valerie, Keiny, Peter, Dona, Sam, Zaret, Christina, Laurencie, Owel, James, Kairy, Frances, Thom, Sugay, Marien, Kinbary, Kalen, Morry, Callen, Mut, Elen, Bruno, Peter, Daele, Clara, Benjamin, Charlotte, Michael, Ryan, Ina, Diego, Javia, Candelas, Robin, Rucaro, Daniel, Rumi, Benney, Sarah, Emily, Jack, Peter, Kevin, Safiya, Trisha, Eric, Danielle, Paul, Floyd, Alexis, Carlos, Nydia, Samantha, Daniela, Michael, Dom, Matt, Todd, Ava, Cailin, Melissa, Kirby, Alexandra, William, McGuiness, Liliana, Francisco, Daniel, Patricia, Anna, Dalia, Ricardo, Diana, Maribel, Barbara, Gabriela, Cristel, Kenia, Lorenzo, Gladys, Alberto, Carlos, 2017
Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo

“THE EUGENE Studio’s White Painting series (…) transforming the canvases into nomadic shrines to love and memory….White Painting series returns the monochrome to its iconic if uncertain place between a portal and a thing.”
Passion in Monochrome by David Geers (an art critic who contributes his writing to October and among other places)
“The canvas in the exhibit has no trace of paint or ink on it; however, it is impressed with the kisses of about 100 people. This work, which consists of asking randomly selected people around town– or by people in the specific community– to plant a kiss on the canvas, has been carried out in the USA, Mexico, Italy, Taiwan, Spain, and more, and the total kiss count has exceeded 600. Each canvas, empty as it may seem, is an aggregate record of the thoughts and feelings of people of different countries, regions, and faiths. ‘White Painting’ is a general title of this series, but each pieces is titled with the row of names of people who kiss on it.”

White Painting series, 2017
Still from video
、2021
Water, sand, mirror
Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo

“If the sea level were to rise, this would be the first place to sink beneath the waves.
The current seabed is not beautiful; this pure white seabed is imagined.
Amid reality, an imaginary horizon reaches endlessly out.

When gazing into the distance, or leaving the eyes unfocused, the brain urges the work of imagining on.
I discovered this in works I created
When people look over the horizon or beyond the sky, expectation and awe are combined in their imagination: This, I believe, has been the case since the earliest times.

This is both a seabed (kaitei) and a sea-garden (kaitei); both by the sea (rinkai) and critical (rinkai).”


– Installation at Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, 2021

、2021
Water, sand, mirror
Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
Image / Imagine #1 man, 2021
Sculputure

Image / Imagine #1 man, 2021
Sculputure

“No one has ever seen this sculpture―not even me. It has been in pitch darkness since the moment of its creation. I intend to keep it there forever.”
That sculpture was created in perfect darkness by the artist and a sculptor over a period of three months. Not even the artist has seen the completed work, and neither have any of the people involved in its presentation at this exhibition. No size or media information for the work has been revealed, and even the word “man” in the title only indicates that the sculpture depicts a person, with no specific gender intended.
A single sculpture, installed in a pitch-black space. Not even the most determined visitor peering into the gloom will ever perceive its form. In the room, you can also touch the sculputure #1 man.

Rainbow Painting series
Group portrait (Surrounded surging crowd of people)
, 2021
Oil on canvas
788 × 292 cm
Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
Rainbow Painting series, 2021
Oil on canvas
Installation view at Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo

Rainbow Painting series, 2021

“What appears to be one, if closer inspection is possible, also appears to be a teeming, jostling group, each member slightly different from the next, separated, yet side by side.
This place might be a continent or a country; it might be a virtual network.
In any case, it is beautiful.

Group Portrait
Needed now: Not individual portraits, I thought, but portraits of people- in-plural, of groups.”

Group portrait (Mixed grey) #2, 2021
Oil on canvas
116.7 × 116.7 cm
Light and shadow inside me, 2021
Aqueous dye on paper
Installation view at Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
Light and shadow inside me, 2021
Aqueous dye on paper
107.4 × 155.5 cm
Installation view at Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo

Light and shadow inside me, 2021

“Fold a single painting and expose it to the sun. Light and shadow result. Where the sun shines, colors fade, but shadowy parts are protected. This work, reminiscent of an impressionist painting, is a painting made with itself. Painting, three-dimensional form, and solar burn as a primitive element in photography: these things unite and create, along with intermittent sun.”

Goldrain, 2019
Sculpture, particle
Dimensions variable
Goldrain, 2019
Sculpture, particle
Dimensions variable
Beyond good and evil, make way toward the wasteland., 2017
Ceramic, steel, wood, glass, ash, others
240 × 873 × 300 cm

’EUGENE STUDIO After the rainbow at Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo’ 360° Viewing (soon)

’EUGENE STUDIO After the rainbow at Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo’ 360° Viewing(under construction)

Everything reflects the shining light toward me
Magic hour (evening, forest drawing)
, 2021
Oil on brass
26.4 × 35.3 cm

Staff diary via Instagram

Staff diary via Instagram | Artist manager | Working at EUGENE STUDIO
Posting Diary & Information, great life.

Catalog: EUGENE STUDIO After the rainbow
Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, 2021

Exhibition teaser by Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
Studio Visit with Artist Eugene Kangawa (Youtube, 4min)

Catalog: special edition “1/2 Century later.” Shiseido Gallery, 2017

In this book, THE EUGENE Studio 1/2 Century later., includes several contents as below; descriptions of White Painting Series(2017-), Beyond good and evil, make way toward the wasteland. (2017) ,6 discussions/essays about this exhibition and the artist, and photography of the artworks. The pages are detachable so that to display each page.

Official booklet | by Bijutsu Techo and Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo

Our dreams, 2021
Video installation (Super 35mm digital black and white film)
Mr. Keith Williams, Ms. Pika Lee
4mins. 48sec. loop
Agricultural Revolution 3.0, 2016
Installation
Mixed media Dimensions variable.
Mr. Tagi’s room and dream, 2014
Installation, Performance
Mixed media Dimensions variable
21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art Kanazawa
[de-sport: The Deconstruction and Reconstruction of Sports through Art]

Group show | 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.
The exhibition title was inspired by Eugene Kangawa’s graduation project “supervision / Desport.”
Artists:Christian JANKOWSKI/Allora & Calzadilla/THE EUGENE Studio/ Gabriel OROZCO/Liam GILLICK/Charles FRÉGER/ Erwin WURM/Xijing Men/ YANAI Shino

Mr. Tagi's room and dream, 2014
Installation, Performance
Mixed media Dimensions variable
Mr. Tagi's room and dream, 2014
Installation, Performance
Mixed media Dimensions variable
Rainbow Paintingseries
Group portrait (Hitonoyo), 2021
Oil on canvas
291.5 × 212 cm
Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
critical, 2021
Water, sand, mirror
Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
Everything reflects the shining light toward me, 2021
Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
EUGENE STUDIO: After the rainbow
Installation view
Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
Beyond good and evil, make way toward the wasteland., 2017
Ceramic, steel, wood, glass, ash, others
240 × 873 × 300 cm
Above: SANSUI LLAFRETAW
2021, Japan, black-and-white film, 8mins 57sec.
Below: Purple, Green, Blue
2021, US, short film, 15mins 25sec.
Drum: Mr. Tagi’s room and dream # four-handed, 2014 / Everything reflects the shining light toward me, 2021
Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
Everything reflects the shining light toward me
Drawing #Double vision of a vase
, 2021
Oil, wax oil pastel on brass
160.4 × 240.2 cm
New drawing series
Shining: Everything reflects the shining light toward me, 2022
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