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- March 19 Solo exhibition at The Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (MOT) from November 21, 2021 東京都現代美術館にて個展 2021年11月20日より | EUGENE Studio 新しい海 :After the rainbow
- Oct 12 ACK Curates | Special exhibition “Flowers of Time” ACK 特別展示「Flowers of Time」(本願寺伝道院、京都) 出展作家：フェリックス・ゴンザレス＝トレス、ユージーン・スタジオ／寒川裕人、加藤慎也、リー・ミンウェイ、中川幸夫ほか 11月10日(木)〜11月20日(日)
- May 13 Keynote lecture by Eugene Kangawa for the University of Tokyo on 13th May, 2022. 東京大学にて講演 / 東京大学 先端研の一般講義にて
- Nov 23 Interview posted at “The New York Times Style Magazine: Japan”. 『The New York Times Style Magazine: Japan』にて寒川のインタビューが掲載
- Nov 20 Exhibition official booklet by Bijutsu Techo and Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo 美術手帖と東京都現代美術館による展覧会公式冊子
- Sep 28 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art Kanazawa [de-sport: The Deconstruction and Reconstruction of Sports through Art] 金沢21世紀美術館 「de-sport」展に参加しています。（終了しました）
- January 10 Event: Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo(MOT)+TOKYO PHOTOGRAPHIC ART MUSEUM(TOP), January 10, 2022 特別映画上映(東京都写真美術館)＋特別鑑賞会(東京都現代美術館)のお知らせ
- Jan 09 Appear on J-WAVE radio program, GROWING REED hosted by Junichi Okada. Jan 13th(Sun) 24:00-25:00 ［ラジオ］岡田准一さんの番組 J-WAVE「GROWING REED」に寒川が出演 1月13日(日) 夜24:00-25:00まで J-WAVE 81.3 FM RADIO
- July 12 Introduced in a TV program of NHK (national broadcasting). NHK 総合テレビ「探検!バクモン」でユージーン・スタジオが特集
- Jan 21 Phantosia (Shikkoku (EN: pitchdarkness)-noh) was held at The National Art Center, Tokyo. 国立新美術館にて『漆黒能』
- Jun 15 “Age of Art × Technology Creative Business changing the society” (by Daisuke Miyatsu) was published from Kobunsha, in which team lab, takram, Rhizomatiks, and THE EUGENE Studio are featured from the viewpoint of art history and business science. 光文社新書より宮津大輔 著「アート×テクノロジーの時代」出版 世界が注目する4つのアーティストとしてチームラボ、タクラム、ライゾマティクス、ユージーンスタジオの四つを特集した新書出版
EUGENE STUDIO After the rainbow (2021. Sep–2022. Feb)
at Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
An installation of an endless repetition of the horizon line of the pristine ocean/stratum. The entire process was done by hand in complete darkness, a work of a human statue that will never be seen for eternity. (Visitors could also touch this sculpture one at a time in a room of complete darkness.) A ray of golden rain. An 8-meter oil painting by brush, in which small “groups of figures” form a pale rainbow gradation.
Eugene Kangawa’s EUGENE STUDIO After the rainbow made him the youngest artist ever to have a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, where only a few Japanese contemporary artists, including Yayoi Kusama and Yoko Ono, have had solo exhibitions. This epoch-making exhibition, with “the power of imagination” at its core, attracted great attention. By the end of the exhibition, visitors had to wait for two to three hours a day to see the works.
「ユージーン・スタジオ 新しい海 EUGENE STUDIO After the rainbow」
EUGENE STUDIO Studio/Atelier iii
EUGENE STUDIO/EUGENE KANGAWA’s largest, self-built atelier/studio is surrounded by beautiful water and low mountains. The studio was designed by the artist himself in a woodworking warehouse where doors were once made. Almost all the doors, handles, and walls were made in the studio. In the space of approximately 700 square meters/7500 square feet, works scheduled to be collected, works from the artist’s collection, and works that have not yet been exhibited are installed. About a 1-hour drive from central Tokyo. Reservations required.“最も大きなアトリエ／スタジオは、東京都心から車で1時間強、水が美しく、低い山々に囲まれた場所にあります。約700平米の空間には、作品に纏わる特性や技術に応じて作られたさまざまな部屋があります。自然光の天窓の部屋。 LED灯の部屋。高さのある空間。30m余りの通路。その他、インスタレーション、プロダクションルームや暗室、一時的な保管庫などがあります。ほぼ全ての部分をスタジオの内製で...”
Collection exhibition centered on Eugene Studio
“Presence” & “Eugene Room”
at Maki Collection / Maki Gallery (Tokyo)
“Presence,” a large collection exhibition featuring works from the new collection of EUGENE STUDIO/Eugene Kangawa, is being held at Maki Gallery / Maki Collection in Tennozu, Tokyo. Also on view is the “Eugene Room,” open by appointment only, until the end of 2022.
Lee Kit, EUGENE STUDIO/Eugene Kangawa, Augusta Wood, Lawrence Carroll, Matti Brown, Luigi Ghirri, and others.
Light and shadow inside me
This work, which looks like an abstract painting, is made entirely from the photographic paper itself.
In a dark room, the silver halide film is creased like folds and folded like origami to form pentagons, polygons, and other columnar shapes. In this state, it is momentarily exposed to light.
All these images were thus created only with the minimum of elements: “only light and the photographic paper itself.” “They are not shadows or effects of something else.” Things have light and shadow just by existing. These change in detail from time to time, and no two are the same.
Playset & Park
“PLAY EARTH PARK” (2022. Apr-May, Jul-Aug)
EUGENE STUDIO considers “playground equipment” as a type of public sculpture, and designed the overall concept for PLAY EARTH PARK, a park for children who will build the future, in Tokyo and Toyama. New playground equipment that fosters imagination was designed by five architects.EUGENE STUDIOは、遊具を公共彫刻の一種と捉えており、東京と富山で行われた”未来をつくる子どもたちに向けた公園" PLAY EARTH PARKのコンセプト全般の設計を行いました。想像力を育む新しい遊具を、5名の建築家が設計。
EUGENE KANGAWA / EUGENE STUDIO
Eugene Kangawa (寒川裕人) was born in the United States in 1989 and is currently based in Japan. Known for his conceptual and self-reductive paintings and installations, his past exhibitions include EUGENE STUDIO New Sea After the Rainbow (2021-22) at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, de-sport: (2020) at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Shikkoku-Noh (2019) at the National Art Center, Tokyo, solo exhibition 1/2 century later. (2017) at the Shiseido Gallery, 89+ (2014) at the Serpentine Gallery, London. His studio works PlayEarthPark, a playground and park mainly for children, and his solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, with "The Power of Imagination" at its core, in which he was also the youngest artist ever to have a solo exhibition at the museum; both attracted great attention, with long queues forming by the end of the exhibition period.
In addition, in the past, he has participated in or was invited to participate in various research and development projects in the fields of artificial intelligence, mobility, agriculture, and biotechnology. These early activities were summarized in 2017 in the book The Age of Art x Technology (written by Daisuke Miyatsu, Kobunsha Shinsho) as one of the four leading Japanese artists along with Team Lab and others. In addition, two short films released in the United States in 2021 have been selected as official selections and won awards at more than 10 international film festivals, including the Brooklyn International Film Festival, the Houston International Film Festival, and other Academy Award® accredited festivals.
White Painting series, 2017
White Painting is only the collective name for the series, as each piece is titled with the names of the people who kissed the canvases - for instance, the names of about a hundred people.
There are 2 series of this work; one was done by calling out to people on the street in cities around the world (USA, Mexico, Italy, Taiwan...) and the other within a specific community unit such as “a certain family”.
for a certain family series (2018–)
The small for a certain family series(33.3×33.3cm), works done within the community unit of a specific family, began with the creation of a piece for the family of a friend of his.
Portraits on consciousness, timeless portrait-like works are now in possession of more than one family.
The title of the work will officially be “a series of names of all the family members”. For example, “Anna, Ryo, Erika”.
And if there are more family members - for example, they have children - the title of the work would also change. There is flexibility in the concept of family.
This is the smallest form of commission work, but it is also a commission work that lasts forever.
“— 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.”
From “Passion in Monochrome” (2018)
by David Gears, an art critic who contributes his writing to October magazine and other publications.
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Rainbow Painting series, 2021
Oil on canvas
In the oil painting, with its gradation of pale rainbow colors, upon closer inspection, one can see that countless human figures have been painted by brush, with the layers creating a complex gradation.
The shapes and colors are slightly different from one another. This is a “group portrait”.
The visitor passes through the sea into a brightly lit room surrounded by several of these paintings, each 3m high and up to 8m wide. All of the rainbow paintings on display will be transported to various locations, and the “group portraits” will continue to live on in yet another place.
“— Group Portraits
I thought to myself, we don’t need individual portraits right now, we need portraits of people—groups of people.
If you look closer, the people and the shadows they cast are each slightly different from the next. They appear to be countless groups, jostling and 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.”
(Interview from EUGENE STUDIO After the rainbow MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART TOKYO, 2021-22)
“Painting by fading”
Light and shadow inside me, 2021
Aqueous dye on paper
A sheet of ink-coated paper is folded like origami and exposed to the sun for several weeks. The pattern was solely created ‘by the shadow of the picture’. It was created by the ‘principle of fading’. This work is both a painting and a photograph in the sense that it is subjected to the sun. It is characterized by the reductive nature of the ‘light and shadow of the painting itself’.
“— People and things ‘just by existing’ have both light and shadow.”
Everything reflects the shining light toward me, 2021
Oil on brass / Oil, wax oil pastel on brass / Oil, gouache, grease pencil on brass / Brass, wood
This series of drawings is a rather special kind of “sketch diary” by Eugene Kangawa. Sometimes he directly sketches “landscapes/objects reflected in mirrors or brass metal,” and sometimes he enlarges the sketches and drawings based on them. It begins with the act of drawing what is reflected outside or inside from different angles.
Reflections cause light to appear from behind the paint, the ground and figure are frequently inverted, and the focus is never fixed.
Mr. Tagi’s room and dream # four-handed, 2014
Steel, wood, oil / wood, brass, glass, artificial leather, plaster
Twin Drums was one of Eugene Kangawa’s graduation projects in 2014, a “Research project into the history of sports by a fictional sports scientist.” At the time, the installation consisted of a number of objects, images, and fictional sports workshop devices related to sports, such as chance, probability, the origin of time, domain, dialogue, exchange, and community. This drum set is one of them, recreating the conditions after the workshop was done.
(*The 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa hosted an exhibition in 2020 titled Desport, in which the title of the exhibition was Eugene’s graduation works (2013–2014). Detail >)
Staff diary via Instagram
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Catalog: EUGENE STUDIO After the rainbow
Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, 2021
Official catalog for the EUGENE STUDIO After the rainbow, a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo. The EUGENE STUDIO by acclaimed contemporary artist Eugene Kangawa is the first Heisei-born artist to have a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo. The substantial artist book further explores the depths of the multifaceted world of his genre-defying works through a conversation with biologist Shinichi Fukuoka and an essay by American art critic David Geers, who has contributed to October (journal) and Frieze (magazine).
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
The EUGENE STUDIO After the rainbow guidebook is now available to amplify our understanding of this exhibition and the EUGENE STUDIO. In addition to scenes from the production site and a long interview with Eugene Kangawa, the guidebook also includes a conversation with Dai Tamesue, who discusses the similarities between art and sports from the perspective of an athlete and an artist, and a conversation with architect Tsuyoshi Tane, which was held when he presented Shikkoku-Noh (The National Art Center, Tokyo) in 2019.
Available at the museum store in the museum. (Sold out)