The aim of this initiative is to introduce and promote young Japanese artists to overseas audiences in exhibition format. This exhibition was held to increase the exposure of young artists overseas. Aside from the standard method of introducing artists by exhibiting at conventional art fairs, the aim was to create a forum giving artists a new way to expand their activities through cooperative exchanges with overseas galleries.
This time around, Hagiwara Projects held a group exhibition at the invitation of the Devening Projects gallery in Chicago, featuring three young artists from Japan: Shunsuke Imai, Soshi Matsunobe and Ryota Nojima. Devening Projects was established in 2007 by its director Dan Devening, a lecturer at one of the leading art colleges in North America, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
The exhibition of two-dimensional works included three paintings by Imai, four drawings by Matsunobe and five so paintings by Nojima. Content and concept focused on the fundamental elements of two dimensional artworks like space, composition and narrative, presenting audiences at the Art Institute of Chicago and its associated school with the illusion of three-dimensional expression.
Formed in 2013, this gallery holds about six exhibitions annually. Occasionally, art museums and individual curators are invited to create and hold shows here, introducing the Japanese audience to more emerging and key artists. Hagiwara Projects is extending its international reach: its activities include participation at art fairs in Milan and Miami in 2016, and an invitation to exhibit at ArteBA 2017 in Buenos Aires.
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Devening Projects, Chicago, USA