‘From the Edge’ exhibition at Kagoshima City Museum of Art – Featuring 7 artists from Kagoshima

PUBLISHED Oct 19, 2021

The work by Kengo Takahashi

The Kagoshima City Museum of Art is currently holding a special exhibition, “From the Edge.”

It features seven artists born in Kagoshima in the 1980s, who are “well-known throughout Japan” and are “expected to make great strides in the art world in the future.” Yuzo Yaguchi, the curator, said that except for Yuka Miyauchi and Riichiro Shinozaki, who live in the prefecture, “this is the first time we have formally introduced these artists in Kagoshima.”

Three sculptures by Kengo Takahashi, a contemporary artist, are displayed at the entrance. Takahashi creates his works by pouring aluminum into plaster molds made from real flowers, casting each part individually. The number of petals is said to be as many as 100,000. “It is a daunting process. It takes a year to complete each piece, so he has not created many,” said Yaguchi.

Marie Yoshiki, a printmaker, exhibits her works created with a technique she has developed. She produces a three-dimensional effect and texture by printing countless layers of silkscreen ink. Her new pieces with volcanic ash from Sakurajima are also on display.

Ai Shinohara, an oil painter, showcases two new works, A Girl and An Amabie (a Japanese mermaid) and A Girl and The Coronavirus, and a painting used as a poster for the movie “Anti-Porno” directed by Shion Sono.

Yuka Miyauchi is known as a “squid painter,” focusing on squid as her painting subject. Besides squid paintings, she also showcases works created with squid ink, a white pigment extracted from cuttlebones, and squid eyeballs as painting mediums.

Takayuki Imaizumi, who has been drawing imaginary maps since he was seven years old, displays a large-scale map of the fictional city of Nakamura on the wall. Other works include pizza fliers, driving licenses, receipts, lost items, and social networking sites on smartphones related to the city.

Ayano Nanakarage, a woodcarver, displays four works carved from camphor logs, which are sparsely arranged, while Riichiro Shinozaki, who draws detailed worlds with a pen, exhibits 66 pieces. “The number of works, use of space, and lighting are all left up to the artists,” said Yaguchi. “As there are no partitions like in a regular exhibition, you can see each work up close,” he added.

Opening hours: 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (admission until 5:30 p.m.) Closed on October 25. Admission is 1,000 yen for adults, 800 yen for high school and university students, and 600 yen for elementary and junior high school students. The exhibition runs until November 7.

  • The work by Ayano Nanakarage

  • The work by Riichiro Shinozaki