Arai solo exhibition
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)
GALLERY is pleased to present works by renowned picture book author,
Ryoji Arai. The works, including many from new body of works, will
be on view at the gallery from 23 April - 22 May, 2010.
Since his debut in 1990, Ryoji Arai has energetically worked on
numerous number of children's picture books as well as cover designs
of many books, CDs and advertisements. Through his over 20 years
career, he was awarded various, both domestic and international
awards, among others, The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, the greatest
international award for Juvenile Literature, in 2005. He was also
awarded Excellent Award at The 10th Japan Media Arts Festival for
his first animation works "A Country Between the World'"
in 2006, currently he has extended his arena to wider fields of
In this exhibition, Arai explores new possibility of his works as
contemporary art. As it's embodied in the title wording of "meta",
a combining form meaning "higher" or "beyond",
his motivation to expose "the other side" of the artist
beyond the categories of illustration or picture book, to which
he is often regarded to belong, is strongly represented in his newly
produced enthusiastic works.
Taking inspiration from the idea of "synesthesia", a condition
at which people mix a stimulation of one sensory or cognition with
a second sensory or cognition automatically, this exhibition "meta
meta" stimulates the viewers sensory from multiple approach
to let us encounter the never-experienced new sensory. From joyful
paintings on canvas painted like playing music, calmly but emotionally
drawn drawings to attraction-like installations, FOIL GALLERY will
turn into a hopeful, surprising space where you can bodily experience
the world of Ryoji Arai to the full.
Exhibition in Kyoto
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
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