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Atsushi Suwa at Gallery Naruyama, Tokyo

Posted in Beaux Arts, Erotica, Exhibitions / Openings / Signings, Eyecandy, Hair & Fabric, Medicine / Anatomy, Performance Art by Suzanne on June 9th, 2011 | BBC Wikipedia


Stereotype 08 by Atsushi Suwa, oil on canvas, 2008 – click to enlarge

Atsushi Suwa ‘s solo show To Live or to Die, We Share the Same Fate will be opening tonight at Tokyo’s Gallery Naruyama.

A technically absolutely brilliant artist who makes it seem totally effortless to cram a trompe-l’oeil with the entire mirror perspective of Jan van Eyck’s Arnolfini Portrait into a small camera lens (below), he has shown time and again that he cannot simply be reduced to realism – despite his obvious and vast talent for it.


By Atsushi Suwa – click to enlarge

His intimate collaboration with the famous and awe-inspiring butoh dancer Kazuo Ohno or his documentary Father series show a very deep emotional involvement with the subject, a desire to dissect traumata and fears, to look mercilessly at the fabric and tissue of life. And death.

I’m not entirely sure what will be presented at the exhibition, but I’m pretty certain it’s near impossible for Atsushi Suwa to disappoint. Details below.


By Atsushi Suwa


On show: Jun 9 – Jul 9, 2011

Address: Gallery Naruyama, #205 Matsuoka Kudan Bldg. 2-2-8 Kudan Minami, Chiyoda-Ku, Tokyo 102-0074 Japan, tel: +81 (0)3 3264-4871, email: info@gallery-naruyama.com | Map

Gallery hours: Daily: 1 – 7 PM, except Wed & Sun

Press release

Artist’s website


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