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Satoru Tamura, baanai, Takuro Tamura

Installation view, artwork, left to right: baanai; Takuro Tamura; Satoru Tamura

We are pleased to present ‘Connect #1’, a group exhibition by Japanese artists Satoru Tamura, baanai, and Takuro Tamura at MAKI Gallery / Tennoz, Tokyo. The three artists are from different generations, different regions, and have different ways of expression, but each entrusts a unique message to their works. In this exhibition, we hope the connection between the three artists, the gallery space and the viewers can be experienced, where new values can be discovered.
The artists in this exhibition, Satoru Tamura, baanai, and Takuro Tamura, use completely different materials and forms for their works. Each of them has their own unique perspective on the world, and their works have a certain strength that makes them stand out from the rest. It may have an experimental significance that these three distinctive artists, for the first time, have been brought together for a group show. However, viewing each of the works will make us realize a common thread among them, that the materials and motifs used in their works possess a strong message of their own. The three artists focus on materials and motifs, disconnecting them from their original contexts and reinforcing their meanings in their own expressions. In the process of creating works, they repeatedly connect and disconnect to the essence of things, hence the title of this group exhibition, ‘Connect’. In addition, the ‘#1’ represents the fact that this is the first time all three artists exhibit at MAKI Gallery. We wonder how this ‘connection’ in the gallery space will affect us all. MAKI Gallery will continue to experiment in this way and hope to make new connections and contacts with ‘Connect #2’, ‘#3’ and so on. We hope you will enjoy this exhibition, the first in a series of new projects.

*Due to the government’s declaration of a state of emergency, the hours for this exhibition will change to Tuesday - Saturday, 11:00~18:00.
We will take our utmost care to prevent the spread of COVID-19 now more than ever. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

Group Exhibition:L.A. : Views

  • L.A. : Views, Curated by Chelsea Petronko Rana
  • 2020/12/04-2021/01/16
  • Omotesando, Tokyo

Installation view, artwork, left to right: Sayre Gomez; Gabriella Sanchez; Alfonso Gonzalez Jr.

It’s sixty-seven degrees and not quite yet winter in Los Angeles. Across the Pacific, MAKI Gallery presents “L.A. : Views,” curated by Chelsea Petronko Rana, which highlights the work of sixteen emerging and mid-career Los Angeles-based artists. On view from December 4 through January 16, “L.A. : Views” features progressive, vibrant work across painting and sculpture. 

Los Angeles is a city of multitudes – a thriving art scene at odds and in concert with the entertainment industries; indigenous land and frontier histories colliding with cutting-edge technology and architecture; a web of freeways connecting distinct beach, wetland, and mountain terrains. The artists included in the exhibition reflect this vigor, with works that express manifold interpretations of the region today. Contrary to the metropolitan melting pot, Los Angeles is a meeting point, an intersection of different attitudes, generations and cultural legacies, driven by desire and innovation as much as contrast and change. Making a left turn in this town is difficult, but as these visionaries can attest, if you want to get anywhere, just keep going forward, forward, forward.

*The gallery will be closed for the winter holidays from Dec. 27 (Sun.), 2020 to Jan. 5 (Tue.), 2021.