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Futo Akiyoshi Installation shot of From a Quiet Distance at PARKHAUS im Malkastenpark, Düsseldorf, 2014

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Futo Akiyoshi Installation shot of From a Quiet Distance at PARKHAUS im Malkastenpark, Düsseldorf, 2014

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Futo Akiyoshi Installation shot of From a Quiet Distance at PARKHAUS im Malkastenpark, Düsseldorf, 2014

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Futo Akiyoshi
Room, 2014
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Futo Akiyoshi
Room, 2014
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Room, 2014
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Futo Akiyoshi
Room, 2014
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Futo Akiyoshi

Futo Akiyoshi is one of a new generation of artists to explore the meaning of painting. Established and developed in the West, painting is a relatively new medium in the history of Japanese art, yet it is perhaps the only form regarded as an authentic fine art practice in Japanese mainstream public opinion. Akiyoshi has developed his work based on rules, and repetition is key to his practice. Imbued with asubtle humour, his work recalls the spirit of early Bruce Nauman performances, questioning the role of contemporary art and the artist through vaguely absurd repetitive acts. On the other hand, Akiyoshi is acutely aware of the importance and autonomy of the art object, as Malevich stated almost a century ago:

Art no longer cares to serve the state and religion, it no longer wishes to illustrate the history of manners, it wants to have nothing further to do with the object, as such, and believes that it can exist, in and for itself, without ‘things’ (that is, the ‘time-tested well-spring of life’).

Whereas Malevich painted over his existing works with precise black squares, regaining the power of autonomy as an originator, Akiyoshi paints over his works in white, rendered with flamboyant painterliness. This series, Circumstances of the Adult, stands in expressive counterpoint to the calculated Room series (2002–). Here the works depict given spaces, capturing light and perspective in seductively simple, flattened forms. Each image is repeatedly layered with a subtle tint of gold: a treatment chosen for its anonymous, ethereal quality. Somehow transcending chromatic associations, gold lies between phenomena and colour, just as the works themselves are both spatial representation and surface abstraction.

Born in Osaka, 1977
Lives and works in Berlin

Education

2003

MA in oil painting, Nagoya University of Arts

2001

BA in oil painting, Nagota University of Arts

Solo & Two Persons Exhibition

2015

adherence, SEXAUER (Berlin)

2014

no secrets, taimatz (Tokyo)
From a Quiet Distance: Futo Akiyoshi + Masato Kobayashi, Park House, Düsseldorf

2013

A Faithful Antinomy, Longhouse Projects, New York
one build one gild: FUTABA (Futo Akiyoshi + Kouichi Tabata), CAPSULE, Tokyo

2012

COMMONALITIES: FUTABA (Futo Akiyoshi + Kouichi Tabata), Altes Finanzamt, Berlin

2011

such a luxurious silence, TARO NASU, Tokyo

2010

I have no pick-up lines, TARO NASU, Tokyo

2009

Golden Period, TARO NASU, VOLTA NY, New York
greedy life in the room that bores me, Office Baroque Gallery, Antwerp

2007

on a peaceful holiday, TARO NASU, Osaka

2006

leg of woman who dislikes me, TARO NASU, Tokyo

2005

Unworthy Son, Gallery HAM, Nagoya
AFTER REMISEN#6: Futo Akiyoshi + Michiro Tokushige, Nagoya University of Arts Art & Design Center Gallery, Nagoya

2003

self-pity, Gallery HAM, Nagoya

2002

Futo Akiyoshi + Go Kato, Culture Medium, Nagoya

2000

companion, dot, Aichi
Futo Akiyoshi solo exhibition, Nagoya University of Arts Art & Design Center Gallery, Nagoya

Group Exhibition

2015

Futo Akiyoshi, Abdolreza Aminlari, Keiko Narahashi and Robert Stone, Longhouse Projects (New York)

2014

Temporal Measures. Futo Akiyoshi, Kouichi Tabata and Takahiro Ueda, White Rainbow (London)
Images of Memory / Memories of Image, BankART Studio NYK (Yokohama)
Group Show, Jochen Hempel, Leipzig
VOCA 2014 (Selected painter for the Vision of Contemporary Art), The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo

2013

THE ECHO, Japanisches Kulturinstitut Köln (The Japan Foundation), Cologne
Collection: Contemporary Art and Themes, The National Museum of Art, Osaka
Do not touch!?, Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Aichi

2012

THE ECHO, Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanian, Berlin
Power of a Painting, NADiff, Tokyo
Small Paintings, 1223 GENDAIKAIGA, Tokyo

2011

RGB, Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Aichi
Cross Counter, XYZ collective / CAPSULE, Tokyo
cowboy & photon, CAPSULE, Tokyo
ask the wine, HI-NEST BLDG 2F, Kyoto
Art for Tomorrow, Tokyo Wonder Site Shibuya, Tokyo

2010

Collection 3 – Japanese Art 1950 – 2010, The National Museum of Art, Osaka
Aichi Triennale 2010, Aichi Arts Center, Aichi
interior round + art, inter office, Osaka
Garden of Painting — Japanese Art of the 00’s, The National Museum of Art, Osaka

2009

summer group show, Jochen Hempel, Leipzig

2008

450, TARO NASU, Osaka
THE ECHO, ZAIM, Yokohama
Opening Exhibition II, TARO NASU, Tokyo

2007

Portrait Session, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima
Portrait Session @ NADiff, NADiff, Tokyo

2006

Letters own a book: part 2, Gallery HAM, Nagoya

2005

Private Impact: live art festival (curated by  Antoni Karwowski and Andrzej Pawelczyk, Stowarzyszenie OFFicyna, Szczecin), travelled to: National Museum in Szczecin,  Koszary Sztuki, Centrala-scena Swinoujscie (Poland) and Aktions Bank (Germany)
IBARAKITAHAMA, Kenji Hashimoto Architecture Office in collaboration with Gallery MEM, Osaka

2004

yellow garden, mori yu gallery, Kyoto
‘3’ Miedzynarodowy plener Malarski, Dom Zdrolowy – Hala Spacerowa, Swieradow Zdroj
International workshop for visual artists, REMISEN BRANDE, Brande

2003

ego-berry, The Main Gallery Hampshire College Harold F.Johnson Library Center, Massachusetts

2000

news, dot, Nagoya

Grants and Award

2013

Grant for Oversea Research, Pola Art Foundation

2011

Grant for Oversea Research, Yoshino Gypsum Art Foundation
Japanese Government Oversea Research Program Grant, Agency for Cultural Affairs

Public Collection

The National Museum of Art, Osaka
Remisen Brande, Brande
SONS museum, Kruishoutem
Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Aichi

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