2020.08.05 - 2020.08.16
□admission
¥400(with tea)
□opening hours
12:00-21:00
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Following is a text by Yuta Hayakawa for this exhibition.
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I guess I like <shape>. Yes. There was a time when I may be trying to make myself believe that I liked it, but now I have settled on the thought that I actually like it. Not only in the context of the arts, but in history numerous shapes have been created for thousands, tens of thousands or hundreds of millions of years. I sometimes wonder if there’s still anything left for me to do, but there still is, for sure. By the way, when I say shape, I’m not only talking about objects, just to let you know. Oh well, this is almost like a religious faith, maybe I do try to believe that I like it.

I perceive <me> and <not me> (In other words, <not me> is <everything else other than me> or <the world>. I need me to perceive the world.) from <shape> and its surrounding phenomena. I managed to recognize myself by intervening in the shape and phenomena. This intervention is the tricky part. Depending on how to get involved, I may be repelled, be swallowed or be completely ignored. In the process, I can get hurt or lose myself. This happens all the time. Then after many times, suddenly <me> and <not me> can get switched.

I’m not talking about right shapes or wrong shapes (there’s no such thing!), but I’m talking about a good distance between <me> and <not me>. Here I have a sense of "I create". There are things that "they can". Also, we have each other's Ikata. (Ikata is my made-up word to describe one’s way of being / the way how one exists. I just like the sound if it.) They’re all important. It's not just a matter of balance. I was very scared of COVID-19, but in the end they're the same.

The exhibition “Shape for Shape” is about all the following things: <Me>, relationship between my artworks and <me>, the artworks themselves, relationship between the artworks and <not me>. The works I’m showing at this exhibition is a new series called “i am you”, and this “you” is <not me>. Well, as usual, sorry for my writing. Even I’m not sure what I’m writing, but at least tried to articulate what I’m doing.

As I go on with my art practice, maybe someday I go back to a point where I say, “I don’t know if I like it anymore” again. I apologize in advance. But please come to see my artworks. They are more eloquent than I am anyway…

2020.7.14

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All the talk events will be broadcasted on Youtube Channel of Art Center Ongoing as part of ”Ongoing Studio" our new online talk show program.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0j0haeaBVhEJxybms3YUrw?view_as=subscriber

No tickets needed, but you can make donation to support us via Paypay or note (Japanese blog page
https://note.com/a_c_ongoing).

Please note that the talks are mostly in Japanese. If you're interested in further details, please email us.


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August 4th (Tue) 19:30~
Ongoing Studio 2020/08/04
“About Shape (Pre Ongoing School)”
Guest :Motohiro Tomii (Artist)

Yuta Hayakawa gives a talk about his exhibition. We’re very excited to have Motohiro Tomii to dig deeper about the theme of shape together with the artist.


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August 8th (sat) 19:00~
Ongoing Studio 2020/08/08
“The Real Me:Body, Psyche and Society”
Guest:Akiko Kinugawa (Artist), Kento Nito (Artist)

Hayakawa with two guests will talk about a sense of self from various angles.


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August 15th (sat) 19:00~
Ongoing Studio 2020/08/15
Introducing the most recent shocking reading: “We need our own words. Feminists won’t shut up.”
Guest: Nozomu Ogawa (Art Center Ongoing)

Yuta Hayakwa will introduce his most recent recommended book!