Embodying the idea of "beyond" or "higher" in the title wording of "meta", this first collection book of Ryoji Arai exposes the other side of the artist, who established his career as children's book author, and explores the new possibility of his works as contemporary art, to go beyond the existing categories. From joyful paintings on canvas painted like playing music, to calmly but emotionally drawn drawings, this book extensively collects more than 100 works of the artists covering both existing and newly produced works. Particularly seen in the way how those works are represented, eg, close-up of paintings, which clearly shows the lively brush touches to numbers of drawings stiffly and loosely places in a spread, his works are playing around in this book freely and designlessly. Taking inspiration from the notion of synesthesia, Ryoji Arai's "meta meta" allow us to experience hopeful and surprising world of the artist with all sensories.

Ryoji Arai solo exhibition "meta meta"
23 April - 22 May, 2010
12:00 - 19:00 (close at 18:00 at 4/23 and 16:00 at 4/29)
Closed on Sunday (except 2 May)

Ryoji Arai's metameta live paining
29 April, 2009
17:00 - 19:00
Group Exhibition in Kyoto
Zenkyo-ann x FOIL "Get Up, Even If by Yourself Alone"
Period: 1 - 5 May, 2010
Open Hours: Everyday from 10:00 - 18:00
Venue: Kennin-ji Zenkyo-an (Kyoto)
Participating Artists: Ryoko Aoki, Ryoji Arai, Kosuke Ichikawa, Hiroko Inoue, Syoin Kajii, Rinko Kawauchi, Risa Sato, Kenshu Shintsubo, Masako Suzuki, Jun Tsunoda, Yoichi Nagano, Yoshitomo Nara

Ryoji Arai's Event de Show
Period: 4 May 2010
Hour: 16:00 - 18:00
Venue: Kennin-ji Zenkyo-an (Kyoto)
Admission: 1000 yen
*Need Advanced Booking

Ryoji Arai Profile:
Born in Yamagata, 1956. Graduated from Nihon University College of Art, Fine Art Department. Extensive experience in advertising, picture book making and theatrical design since his debut in 1990. Through his over 20 years career, he has received numerous both domestic and international awards, among others, The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (Sweden) in 2005 and Japan Media Arts Festival, animation division in 2006.


Title: meta meta
Author: Ryoji Arai
Price: 2000 yen (tax excluded)
ISBN: 978-4-902943-54-2 C0071
Size: 242 x 182 mm
128 pages / Soft Cover
(May, 2010)

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