Abracadabra of Drawing

Abracadabra of Drawing
Curated by Chika Kato

June 3 – July 30, 2017

Organized by guest curator Chika Kato, who is known for planning exhibitions comprised of work by up-and-coming artists, this event will present around thirty works, centering on recent pieces produced by twelve artists as well as new works created specially for the show. The artists participating go against the rules of drawing, taking a more original approach towards the fundamentals of expression. These acts of “drawing” and how they are constituted lead them to create not just two-dimensional works, but also video works, installations, three-dimensional works and performances. Appealing to both the mind and the body, the works on show create opportunities that encourage thinking and envelope viewers in space and light.


Tue. – Wed.: 10am-5pm Sat. and Holiday Eves: 9:30am-7pm Sun. and Holidays: 9:30am-6pm Closed on Mondays (For national holidays on Monday, the museum will be closed on the following day.)


Limitation and Creation of Imagination


Limitation and Creation of Imagination
Curated by Eri Takane

August 5th ~ September 4th, 2016

I am participating in a four person exhibition in Tokyo during the month of August. In this exhibition I will feature a recent series of abstract paintings working with color, line and plane focusing primarily on an overall monochromatic surface with subtle gestures at top and bottom revealing the white ground of the canvas. These works confront the viewer with a single color that is intersected towards the bottom with a sharp contrasting line perforating the plane of an otherwise flat and even color field surface. I will also feature a recent video work in the galleries café bar area. This single channel video work is an appropriated stream of the ocean mined from a website for the sport of surfing. The image is a compressed and pixilated video stream which aims to reveal the material of the digital image. Kengo Kito creates a colorful alternative dimension carrying a feeling of space and organisms using inorganic and daily materials. Kito will feature an installation work comprised of hula hoops in a web of mesmerizing colors and shapes. Another work is a two dimensional sculptural wall piece with LED lights fastened as vibrant objects glowing with various forms. Taro Shinoda executes expansive installations and projects with the theme of nature and humanity with skills of engineering as a means to explore these themes. This exhibition will feature Shinoda’s recent series of oil paintings. Aaron Wexler pursues the possibility of abstraction utilizing nature and pop culture in the art of collage.

Hours: Open everyday, 11am-6pm
*Closed on August 11th (Thu)

Tokyo Metro Ginza Line Gaiemmae Station Exit 3 8-minute walk

News Solo Exhibition

Helios at Los Angeles International Airport


Curated by Koan Jeff Baysa

December 1st, 2015 ~ April 30th, 2016
Hours: 24 Hours

Ancient Greeks worshipped the god Helios who drove the blazing chariot of the sun across the sky each day. At 30,000 feet above the earth, air travelers have privileged vantage points from which to witness spectacular skies, sunrises, and sunsets. Inspired by the evolving skyscapes that he witnessed during his frequent travels between Japan and the United States, Francis uses a painting technique of layering pigment and medium that allows light to reflect back from the underlying surface, thus activating a range of sublime colors. These abstract paintings reference the transitory nature of air travel as the viewer is immersed in vast horizons of light and dark.

*An audio interview has been installed at the terminal exhibition.

LAX: Los Angeles World Airports
(In Partnership with the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs)

Virgin Airlines
Terminal 3, Ticketing

Group Exhibition News

Chromatic Passages


January 26th ~ March 4th, 2016

Tuesdays & Thursdays: 12pm-7pm
Wednesdays & Fridays: 12pm-4pm
Saturday (Feb. 13 & Feb. 27): 12pm-4:30pm
Sunday and Monday: Closed
*Closed on Thursday, Feb. 11, Saturdays Jan. 30, Feb. 6 & 20

Chromatic Passages is a three person exhibit of Los Angeles based painters Kaoru Mansour, Shingo Francis and Devon Tsuno each exploring color transitions through time, space, pattern and rhythm. The opulent quality of these paintings allude to a preternatural sense of place and moment beyond material boundaries. Using movement of color to evoke the ever-changing character of all landscapes, the artists exhibit their relationship to space and form inventing different ways of organizing the pictorial field, carefully constructing the field of vision into a thematic range of light and color.

Mansour’s collage paintings are multi-layered constructions of color notations, musical compositions captured in its improvisational beauty; Francis’ subtle gradients of color are oceanic and immersive drawing in meditative and contemplative moments; Tsuno’s geometric abstracts are analogous to the Los Angeles urban sprawl in its sublime patterns of light and nature. - Kio Griffith, curator

Japan Foundation / Auditorium
5700 Wilshire Blvd. #100
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Tel: 323-761-7510

Collection News

Toranomon Hills Mori Tower

toranomon_hillsShingo Francis’ “Infinite Space (turquoise-violet)” (2015) has been installed in Toranomon Hills, 1st floor by the entranceway, in front of Andaz Tokyo. 

News Publication

Shingo Francis In and Out of the Void Selected Works 2004-2014

catalogue2 Ribun Shuppan
Version B5, 92 pages, 5,000 JPY+tax
ISBN978-4-89806-421-4 C0071
Both in English and Japanese.

“Looking at Francis’ monochrome blue canvases, it feels as if we have sunk to the bottom of the sky.” – Tsutomu Mizusawa, Director, Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura & Hayama

“An entirely blue canvas. The more I looked at it, the more intensely I felt its sense of presence.” – Fumio Nanjo, Director, Mori Art Museum + Shingo Francis 

“Stepping into this space filled with colored light, the viewers’ sense of physical distance dissolved, and they were able to feel as though the forms within the drawing were really floating them in midair.” – Takashi Suzuki, Curator, Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art

For more information please contact:

1F Mitsuibussan Bldg.14
Nihon Odori, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Japan
tel: +81(0)45.664.3917 | |

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