Keita Sagaki

Hystorical Portraits

“Hystorical Portraits” is a series created based on the motif of portraits of historical figures from a wide variety of genres.

Everything that we learned at school about these famous men and women were biased portrayals that are only based on their achievements. But wouldn’t their humanity and true nature be hidden in the aspects that are not mentioned in those textbooks? In this series, we will research the lives of historical figures from various perspectives such as their living environment, human relationships, interests, preferences, and the social conditions of their time, and gather these information as detailed motifs to make an attempt at recreating a more accurate and multi-dimensional portrayal of these figures.
The word “Hystorical” in the title is a coined word that is a combination of “hysterical” (emotional, crazy) and “historical”. Sagaki would like you to try and take a look at these passionate and eccentric historical figures from a different perspective from the portrayals that you are used to.

Opening: Thursday, 29 October from noon to 9 p.m.
Duration: October 30th to December 19th, 2020

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Emi Ozawa

Play

Play is always the central interest in Ozawa’s work. She creates pieces with geometric forms, bright in color and movement. She says about her approach: “I like wood as my choice of material, and fondly remember colorful wood blocks in my childhood. The feel and the look of distressed wooden surfaces, with worn out edges & corners implies a certain degree of use and the touch of the hand, maybe a certain degree of love. I learned furniture design and wood working at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and the Rhode Island School of Design. My intent with these studies was to apply that knowledge and skill to make sculptural works that were strong enough for the viewers to touch. I did this for over twenty years, making painted wood objects for viewers to look at, but also ones they could move and activate.”

Since 2012, she has been pushing her work towards a two-dimensional format, focusing on color and surface. Ozawa’s current works have qualities of both painting and sculpture. The ‘canvases’ are carefully aligned square wood bars place corner to corner and ordered in a square or rectangular plane. They are not intended to be touched, but there is a play in the work. This play is the changing view for the viewers, as they move from one side of the work to the other (right to left or left to right).

Opening: Thursday, 29 October from noon to 9 p.m.
Duration: October 30th to December 19th, 2020

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2010 – 2020: 10 Years Micheko Gallery
Micheko Gallery was founded in 2010 by the Japanese art teacher Keiko Tanaka and the German-Italian entrepreneur Michele Vitucci. The focus of Micheko is on contemporary art from Japan. The gallery program includes all of fine art forms, as well as the applied arts of Japan from the 20th and 21st century. Micheko presents new and established artistic positions and presents new perspectives of Japanese art for private as well as institutional and corporate collections.