This time, KH Gallery Ginza brings together jewelry designer Akio Mori and fashion designer Hiroko Koshino in the exhibition “The Beauty -Inspiration, Sparkle and Brilliance-“, where “beauty” perused by each designer converges from a new perspective.
“Beauty” housed in a small world has been Akio Mori’s consistent theme over 48 years. Since the Paris Exposition where he made his fateful encounter with western-motif accessories incorporating traditional Japanese craftsmanship, the renowned jewelry designer has continued to produce one-of-a-kind masterpieces where oriental beauty and western beauty co-exist. Akio Mori sees the essence of design in capturing inspirations in one’s daily life. His novel accessories which allow for whitespace drawing out the individuality of each wearer have fascinated so many women of the world. On the other hand, Hiroko Koshino has been active in the fashion business for more than 50 years. In her peruse for a wide range of “Beauty”, she is another artist who draws inspiration from the culture and splendid nature of Japan. In this exhibition, visitors will find themselves amidst a dazzling setting decorated with Hiroko Koshino’s carefully selected dresses which are themselves, the canvas of Akio Mori’s forest-motif jewels. For Hiroko Koshino, clothing is the core of her creation. The bold approach of re-defining such a central piece of creation as a background canvas and overlaying the elegantly-shaped surface with forest-motif accessories is not only a novel challenge for Hiroko Koshino, but is also to draw the attention of the visitors.
When two individualities meet for synergy, an utterly new brilliance of “Beauty” comes to life. The gallery invites you to come experience the fresh sparkle of inspirations.
Under the auspices of the DAS (Designers Association for Designers Authorities sponsors) and JAGDA (Japan Graphic Designers Association), Hiroko Koshino was Joined by the works of 83 other designer’s in the Beaujolais 2015 Label Design Exhibition held at “a&w” Wine Bar in Osaka, which held a party on releases day.
Kyoto, a sister city of Paris, held the companion event “Nuit Blanche Kyoto” in various spots around the city for people to enjoy both Japanese and French modern artworks for free, one of several venues was Institut Francois du Japon – Kansai, which held an exhibition of collaboration work between Hiroko Koshino and the artist group circle side.
Since its opening in 2012, KH Gallery Ginza has continued to introduce fashion designer Hiroko Koshino’s creations which range from paintings and three-dimensional works to lifestyle design. The gallery has also been a space for organizing collaborative exhibitions with artists from various genres.
For this exhibition, Hiroko Koshino welcomes ceramic artist Toshio Ohi for a two-man exhibition. Next in line to inherit the tradition of Ohi ware which has continued for 350 years in Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture, Toshio Ohi will present a collection of ceramic work that was produced exclusively for this exhibition, while Hiroko Koshino will exhibit oil paintings that have never been on display before, as well as earthenware created during her visit to The Tenth Ohi Chozaemon Ware this August.
Toshio Ohi’s ceramic works are characterized by the elegant luster and exquisite hue formed by the layering of kiln-transformed natural ash glaze. The unique forms produced by the traditional hand-forming technique also give off a sense of ambiguity, where “rigidity and flexibility” as well as “dynamic and static” coexist. In comparison, Hiro Koshino’s abstract oil paintings, of which thick surfaces deeply dimensioned with multiple layers of oil paint and solvent are sure to intrigue their audience with a dignified presence that completely differs from that of her conventional acrylic paintings. Hiroko Koshino’s profession as a fashion designer comes to life in her earth ware, where dimension is formed by “cutting” clay.
The exhibition brings together Toshio Ohi and Hiroko Koshino’s insatiable pursuit for “beauty” in the form of a new type of beauty, which explores the integration of tradition and modernity to expand beyond the physical spaces created by the two artists and evolve into the realm of the grand universe.
Toshio Ohi, Black Tea Bowl, 12.6cmW×8.4cmH
Hiroko Koshino, WORK #1470, 120cm×120cm
An exhibition consisting of Koshino’s recent paintings and past paintings was held at the Daimaru Department Store Shinsaibashi in Osaka.
Each season, KH Gallery Ginza showcases the world of Hiroko Koshino, whose artwork explores a wide range of medium including fashion, painting, and lifestyle.
Traditional Japanese culture such as kimonos, Bunraku puppet theaters, kabuki, and the three-stringed Shamisen lute had been a part of Hiroko Koshino’s life since the days of her youth. The significant influence of this childhood experience can be seen in Hiroko Koshino’s fashion pieces and artwork, which express a unique worldview where Japanese and Western cultures intermix.
At this exhibition, the traditional beauty of Kyoto-style folding and paper fans will be introduced in three components.
First, 48 types of Kyoto-style folding fans, round fans, and paper fans featuring Hiroko Koshino’s artwork will be exhibited and sold. Against a screen surpassing the formal sector forms, the array of art pieces brings to life dynamic choreography of brush strokes dipped in Chinese ink, and indulge visitors in a fresh coolness that reminds them of great nature. The second part of this exhibition consists of a traveling exhibition from Kyoto, where the four-hundredth anniversary of the Rimpa School is being celebrated. The exhibition titled “RIMPA – The Rimpa School of Tomorrow Created by Eight Designers: Exhibition of Folding and Paper Fans” was held at the Tokiwa-Shinden of Yasaka Shrine in Kyoto, this March. Last but not the least, representative works of the three companies, which had given us great support in producing the exhibition pieces will be displayed: Itostune Corporation, Komaruya Sumii, and Kyo-Uchiwa Aiba.
The gallery invites you to come spend a cool and peaceful Japanese moment while feeling the transition from the summer breeze to the autumn wind.
KH Gallery Ginza presents a variety of artworks of Hiroko Koshino that match up with each season. Koshino is an artist who is active in a wide range of fields such as fashion, painting, and lifestyle products.
The gallery also collaborates with creators from different fields who are close to Koshino.
Hiroko Koshino and Aquirax Uno are leading figures of respective fields: Koshino is a fashion designer; Uno, an illustrator. While their genre-straddling activities are gathering attention than ever, this exhibition consists of approximately 60 works featuring the two’s competitive collaboration under the theme of portrait. Hiroko Koshino mainly exhibits portraits of people in their traditional garments. Uno’s portraits include a series of portraits of globally renowned musicians along with original drawings of KABUKI actors’ posters. This is where the worlds of the two artists confront each other, wherein the people depicted in the portraits interact multidimensional. Come feel the excitement of the gallery space with its fresh representation.
I wonder how many years have passed since I encountered Uno’s works.
His works pass through me like a pantomime. We’ve been attentive to each other’s activities for a long time. Now, having established our own stages, it’s time to examine quietly what we’ve built up through portraits. Having said this, I’m so excited to collaborate with Uno, who is such a great master. (Hiroko Koshino)
Although a fashion designer, Hiroko Koshino has the drawing skills of a real painter. The media and expressions of her art are varied, from ink painting to oil painting, or from abstract art to figurative art. This time, portrait has been chosen as a theme for our collaborative exhibition. At this exhibition, a series of my large portrait paintings are exhibited thanks to Mr. Teruo Iwata, a collector of my works. With this, I feel like I am finally ready to vie with Hiroko’s energetic works. (Aquirax Uno)
At the Awaji Hanahaku 2015 event, a fusion of fashion and artwork exhibited under the theme of “Symbiosis stage of Man and Nature”.
A collaboration between flower artist Atsunobu Katagiri and Koshino Hiroko produced a work which was exhibited under the theme of “Symbiosis stage of Man and nature” at the Awaji hanahaku 2015 event.