Past Exhibition

shiseido art egg 2

Returning to the foundation underlying Shiseido's "Mecenat" efforts to support up-and-coming artists, the "shiseido art egg" public exhibition series throws open the doors of the Shiseido Gallery to a wide range of artistic expression. The three participants for this second year were selected from among 357 applicants, with selection criteria favoring those who have so far had relatively few opportunities to show their work publicly, and who could demonstrate interesting and executable plans to have their work to take advantage of the Shiseido Gallery's unique exhibition space. Exhibitors this year will include Miki Kubota (sculpture), Taisuke Makihara (installation), and Toshiaki Hicosaka (painting), who will show their works according to the schedule below.
Please join us to feel the contemporary air that three emerging artists vividly project in the Shiseido Gallery space.

Miki Kubota January 11th (Fri) - February 3rd (Sun), 2008

  • Deshadowed: Insect 2007
  • Photo: Kato Ken
  • Deshadowed: Slope 2007

Miki Kubota typically uses a sculptural approach in which she transforms the shapes offered by pieces of wooden furniture by cutting them apart to bring new polished cross-sections to the surface, in the process creating new forms. Her other recent conceptual works feature line drawings created by applying adhesives to transparent vinyl sheeting, a technique that uses the adhesive to create images while simultaneously pointing to its functional qualities as a material. In both cases, Kubota's works offer direct inquires into the relationships between material and image. For this exhibition she brings together her furniture series and clear vinyl series works to fill the gallery with a worldview that explores the mysterious and complex interplay of substance and illusion.

Miki Kubota

Born in Kanagawa, Japan
Completed Sculpture Course through the Graduate School of Art and
Design (Master's Program) at Musashino Art University

Taisuke Makihara February 8th (Fri) - March 2nd (Sun), 2008

  • scaffolding 2006
  • Photo: Yuichiro Tanaka
  • bakery dummy 2007
  • Photo: Mayumi Abe

Taisuke Makihara takes as his materials a diversity of common everyday objects and materials, as well as his own actions and behaviors. His work reconfigures portions of the roles, scales, and temporal contexts normally associated with such objects and activities to create dynamic installations designed to jolt the five senses. For this exhibition he has used familiar musical instruments in ways that transform the space of the entire Shiseido Gallery space.


Taisuke Makihara

Born in Hiroshima, Japan
Completed Painting Course through the Graduate School of Art and
Design (Master's Program) at Musashino Art University

Toshiaki Hicosaka March 7th (Fri) - March 30th (Sun), 2008

  • Grope Drawing No.55 2007
  • Photo: Satoshi Nakano
  • Grope Drawing No.58 2007

Toshiaki Hicosaka creates paintings using an original method in which he applies digital processing techniques to images of scenery, transfers these to paper using printing blocks, and finishes with further overlays of line and color. Within the action of transferring the scene before him onto two-dimensional paper, by interposing a detour in the form of a distinctly roundabout procedure, Hicosaka consciously focuses our attention on the mechanisms by which a picture comes into being and on the process of its creation, and in this way challenges the seemingly enigmatic act we call "painting." For this exhibition Hicosaka presents his Tesaguri no Zuga (Grope Drawing) series, in which his processes have deconstructed the underlying scenery image into something that even the artist has ever encountered, giving a premonition of limitless expansiveness.

Toshiaki Hicosaka

Born in Aichi, Japan
Graduated from Kyoto University of Art and Design, Design Department, Information Design Course

shiseido art egg award

Following the completion of these solo exhibitions, a three-member review panel will select one of these artists to receive the "shiseido art egg award." This year's panel will include sculptor Noe Aoki, artist Hajime Imamura, and product designer Naoto Fukazawa. The announcement will be made on this shiseido gallery website in late April, 2008.


shiseido art egg 2 exhibition catalogue (Japanese/English bilingual) is currently scheduled for publication in May 2008. Inquire at the Shiseido Gallery for details on how to obtain a copy.

Exhibition Details for shiseido art egg 2

Miki Kubota January 11th (Fri) - February 3rd (Sun), 2008
Taisuke Makihara February 8th (Fri) - March 2nd (Sun), 2008
Toshiaki Hicosaka March 7th (Fri) - March 30th (Sun), 2008
Location: Shiseido Gallery (Tokyo Ginza Shiseido Bldg., B1)
8-8-3 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Tel: 03-3572-3901 Fax: 03-3572-3951
Hours: Weekdays 11:00 - 19:00
Sundays & Holidays 11:00 - 18:00
Closed Mondays
Admission: Free
Organized by: SHISEIDO CO., LTD.

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