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ADF Art Gallery Project Vol.12 "Light" -AKASHI- Exhibition: Where there is life, the light is on

ADF (NPO Aoyama Design Forum) is the 12th art exhibition ADF Art Gallery Project "AKASHI" by Katsumi Hirabayashi and Yuko Hayashi from Saturday, April 2, 2022 to Sunday, April 10, 2022.

Two years have passed since the pandemic started, and conflicts in Eastern Europe continue. The points of contact with overseas countries, which were connected as a matter of course, have been cut off, and there is a feeling of blockade. We have seen that the division of people by different ways of thinking and a growing economic divide has progressed, even in familiar places.

The least we can do now is to create a place where we can feel somewhat connected to the world by collaborating with Katsumi Hirabayashi's photographs from around the world and Yuko Hayashi's ceramic artworks.
The photographs on display are the arts that Hirabayashi takes of cities around the world under the theme of "lights," and Hayashi's ceramic works add "lights" to them.

The world is colored in different colors because of differences in culture, race, religion and so on.
And wherever you go, the lights are on at night, and people live among them, laughing, crying and getting angry. Everyone is the same. We sincerely hope that the day when people from all over the world can over come and go freely and connect with each other will return.

[Profile: Katsumi Hirabayashi]
Born in Tokyo. He travels to Eastern European countries and is interested in conveying things through photographs. After working in Vienna and Paris and working for a commercial company, he started his own business as a photographer.
His work 「陽」- HARU - Light and Letters (published by Kawade Shobo / Soshisha), which has been photographed for 10 years, is about the theme of hope after the Great East Japan Earthquake.
There is also "Kyoto College Yoshida Residence" (Soshisha), which captures the current appearance of Kyoto College's Yoshida Residence, whose existence is threatened.
His photo exhibitions have been held in nine countries abroad, including France, Belgium and China, and this is the 41st.

[Profile of Yuko Hayashi.]
Born in Kyoto. She is a Kyoto ceramicist of Kouson gama with a history of over 100 years. She makes vessels from the inherited seishi hakuji, which is white porcelain of the Kiyomizu ware from the Benimura kiln and celadon bowls.

The new work created by Yuko Hayashi, the fourth generation of the tradition, is "Tsuchibasami", which was created by her fascination with the traditional technique of Japanese sweets, the "scissors chrysanthemum". She was intrigued by a new decoration that used scissors to cut porcelain, and the more she strived for precision, the more she was captivated by the beauty of this decoration. She uses the scissors to create a wide range of works with the only technique of porcelain decoration.

Currently, she continues the tradition of Kyo-yaki and Kiyomizu-yaki, switching back and forth between craft and art, and taking a new path. She has created a wide range of works, from objects to everyday vessels. In 2020, she exhibited in a group show in Paris and at the "collect" art fair in England.

"Light" -AKASHI- Exhibition: Where there is life, the light is on. Overview
Event: From Saturday, April 2, 2022 to Sunday, April 10, 2022.
Opening hours: 10: 00-18: 00 (until 16:00 on the 10th of the last day).
Venue: GARDE Gallery (4th floor, ALLIANCE Building, 5-2-1 Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo).
* Please go to the back entrance of the building on Sundays, as the front entrance is closed.

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