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2022 Summer Special

2022.8.18-9.30

This time, YiCOLLECTA brings limited works by a number of artists, such as Ai Haibara, Mayuka Yamamoto, Satoru Koizumi, Chiharu Shiota, Mr., Hikari Shimoda, Yoshimasa Tsuchiya, Hiroyuki Matsuura, as well as the popular MAYC (Mutant Ape Yacht Club) prints in NFT. The limited works include a limited edition of the tenth anniversary commemoration of Mr. and Canadian singer The Weekend, Yamamoto Mayuka's Little Boy Print, Satoru Koizumi's Animal Boy, Hikari Shimoda's Lonely Hero and exquisite sculpture figures, as well as large-scale installations of thread weaving Chiharu Shioda, a famous artist in art, and Yoshimasa Tsuchiya, a sculptor of spiritual beasts, are rare prints by the two artists.

Ai Haibara
Ai Haibara is a Japanese sculptor who earned her Bachelor’s degree in 2004 and her Master’s degree in 2006, both from Tokyo University of the Arts. She skilfully carves figures of young women in various stages of their lives, her works often present natural elements, like animals or plants, that appear right next to the human characters as spiritual guides, creating a balance and a bond between these two worlds.

Mayuka Yamamoto
Mayuka Yamamoto graduated from Musashino Art University. She mainly creates oil paintings. Her works depict images of little boys with calm expressions but full of delicate emotions. These boys in various animal suits reveal a sense of indifference and mystery under their gentle and innocent appearance.

Satoru KOIZUMI
Satoru KOIZUMI was born in Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan, Satoru Koizumi completed his master's degree at Okinawa University of Arts, the Plastic Art Program. He is a highly anticipated artist in Japan, using traditional woodcarving techniques with modern narratives to create his own style. In 2012, he published a series of hand-carved figures about children dressed in animal costumes, but with full of confusion and loneliness in their eyes.

Chiharu Shiota
Chiharu Shiota was born in Osaka, Japan in 1972, and graduated from Kyoto Seika University, majoring in painting. She is known for her large installation art, using black or red braided lines in ample space to express the artistic conception and atmosphere intricately interwoven way. Black symbolizes the night sky and the universe, and red is the blood or red line of destiny. At the root of these works lie Shiota’s incessantly-pursued themes of life and death, her creative concept is to explore the fundamental question of life, "What is survival?" and choose some scenes or objects to create the idea of " the existence of absence ". Shiota's solo exhibitions are all over the world, and he represented Japan at the 56th Venice Biennale. Her works are collected in major international art museums, such as the Museum für Neue Kunst in Germany, and The National Modern Art Museum, Tokyo.

變異猿 MAYC (Mutant Ape Yacht Club)
"The Bored Ape Yacht Club" first launched by Yuga Labs, also known as "Bore Ape" (BAYC), the inspiration for the creation comes from the creators’ imagination of life after early retirement due to the trend of crypto investment. They believe that after financial freedom, life will become “boring”, and the image of the ape comes from apes in the cryptocurrency market "brainless follow the trend" (Ape In) came. The MAYC is NFT derived from the Bored Ape Yacht Club.

Mr.
Mr. (Masakatsu Iwamoto) was born in Cupa, Japan in 1969 and graduated from sokei art academy in 1996. Mr. has collaborated with the Supreme clothing brand and has exhibited with Rei Sato, Chiho Aoshuma, and Aya Takano. His work similarly employs the visual language of otaku, he uses animation, video games, girls, and other elements to depict his personal fantasy. Contrasting with the bright cheerfulness of his all-powerful characters, a wider reflection on solitude, social anxiety, and fear underlies his work. His work can be found in the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Daegu Art Museum, South Korea, among others.

Hikari Shimoda
Hikari Shimoda was born in 1984, Nagano, Japan, she first studied illustration at the prestigious Kyoto Saga University of Art. Her work depicts a world where cuteness and horror coexist. The dazzling and sweet pictures are fascinating, but there are dark warnings in the details. The eyes of the children depicted by Shimoda Hikaru are full of stars, dressed up like magical heroes. The picture as a whole reveals many problems and struggles in contemporary society through the design of colors, elements, text, and collages. She was selected for her first solo exhibition at Motto Gallery in Tokyo and has since held exhibitions in galleries worldwide, including Japan, the United States, Canada, and Europe.

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Curator: YiCOLLECTA