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2010 FRANTIC UNDERLINES  Kentaro Isotani, Naoki Sasayama, Haruki Ogawa, Ken Hayshida, Naritaka Satoh, Hitoshi Nakamori  2010 Feb.26th Fri. – Mar.13st Sat.

At the start of 2010, frantic gallery manifests its decisive, irrevocable and vigorous under-lines. Being in the epicenter of a vast, active but unsettled art field we make our choices in the sphere of artistic methods, curatorial programs and critical attention. We frantically point out the artists that we have already shown, draw new attention to the underappreciated sides of known masters, insist on focusing on just-emerging newcomers and strive to discover as-of-yet unrecognized talents. frantic gallery would like to draw 2,010 lines under the names of those with whom it would be honored to think about art together.

frantic underlines Kentaro Isotan's new series of sculptures, “Dark Watchers," which we are crossbreeding with his earlier series “White Bitches". We also would like to bring attention to new two-dimensional works by this sculptor and point out the Pop Art features in his work, which are neither simply kawaii – cute -- nor emptily grotesque.

frantic underlines are scrawled under Naoki Sasayama's new series of paintings, “The New World/Hunting," that manifests the artist's transition from realistic depictions of death scenes to a fantasy about how the fight for life -- the motive of survival -- would look like beyond the world of the living. We stress the artist's research into Gothic fashion as a form of resistance to modern propaganda promising a narrow-minded vision of “peace" and the “calmness" of consumer society. And finally we start to work on the topic of “The Primitive!!!".

2010 frantic underlines are scrawled under Haruki Ogawa's experiments with abstract expression and his generation of intertwined layers of a picture plain. After his solo exhibition “Irritated Figures," we are thinking about visual representation of “resonance" and the pictorial way in which it is possible to visualize a wave that emanates out from a central figure and turns space and objects around it into pure abstraction.

frantic underlines Ken Hayshida's research into extreme interiors, from grimy toilets to baths covered with dirty ceramic plates. The tactile, substantial traces that appear in these interiors -- dust, excrement-like liquids, scratches - lead us to the particular use of cloth threads in Hayashida's work. Stretched along the canvas, the threads add an enveloping and downy touch to the painting while playing with the figurative dimension by resembling dense, streaming liquids. These threads support the imaginary depth of the painting, and, in the same manner as Japanese calligraphy, bringing forward the surface of the picture itself.

frantic underlines are scrawled under Naritaka Satoh's “mechanical" pencil figures, which bring together the artificial and the organic in one body. Satoh's stuffed toys appear to suffer or seethe with anger; their skin and stitches, their volume and poses are filled with juices of life. His babies shine with artificial beauty, as if their voluptuous shapes were filled with silicon. We bring attention to Satoh's attempt to create circles of these creatures that share complicated relationship between them, while continuing to explore the topic of “twisted versions of the antagonism between a baby and his doll".

frantic underlines are scrawled under Hitoshi Nakamori's photo-etching technique and the “post apocalyptic" beauty of his works. First, we manifest our plan to think about Japanese prints as an autonomous form of contemporary art that has value beyond that of being easy to sell during economic crises. Second, we draw attention to Nakamori's method of unifying the ephemeral imprints of memory captured with photography and the more tactile (burned, engrained, rough) surfaces of etching. Third, besides the conceptual strength, we are happy to find in Nakamori's work a frantic version of kawaii (cuteness): frantic kawaii. Nakamori interprets two of the most representative subjects of Japanese pop culture, Hello Kitty and Panda, depicting them with a deep sensuality. Drawn with chalk, the gloomy figure of Kitty and wandering in the darkness Panda, evoke sadness and lost, making us aware that Japanese Cuteness is always based on a depth of sorrow, while the sweetness of Japanese beauty is light and often has bitter after taste.

2010 FRANTIC UNDERLINES PART1
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礒谷権太郎

1975
Born in Tottori
1998
Kanazawa College of Art, B.A. Fine Art course, Sculpture
2000
Kanazawa College of Art, M.A. Fine Art course, Sculpture

Solo Exhibition

2009
"Darkness Watchers", frantic close up project, Blinc Vase Spectacles Shop, Tokyo
2009
"Keep Smiling! God Loves Idiots! The figures of critical grin in the art of Kentaro Isotani", art project frantic, Tokyo
2008
"Instant Dogma", Gallery KINGYO, Sendagi, Tokyo
2005
"Transvestites", Gallery KINGYO, Sendagi, Tokyo
2005
"Kentaro Isotani Exhibition", Kishimojin Temple, Zoshigaya, Tokyo

Group Exhibition

2010
"2010 FRANTIC UNDERLINES", Frantic Gallery, Tokyo
2009
"Let's Pink !" FARM by hiromiyoshii, Tokyo
2009
"My favorite things", art project frantic & unseal, Tokyo
2009
"The Trash" Exhibition, 101 Tokyo Contemporary Art Fair, Akiba Square, Tokyo
2008
"MR1109", NO NAME, Tokyo
2008
"Kingyo of KINGO", Gallery KINGYO, Tokyo
2008  
"Hatsudai Noise Festival", Tokyo
2006
"Toy Box Vol.3", Otuka RED-ZONE (Live House), Otuka, Tokyo
2005
"Seven Sculptors", Gallery 52, Iidabashi, Tokyo
2004
"Kin-no-Bi, Gin-no-za", Ono Gallery, Kyobashi, Tokyo
2002
"Size of The World", Yamawaki Gallery, Ichigaya, Tokyo
2000
"Kawaguchi Art Club", LILIA gallery, Kawaguchi, Saitama

笹山直規 Naoki SASAYAMA ( a.k.a. Soda hiebie)

1981
Born in Shiga, Japan.
2005
Graduated from Osaka University of Arts.

Solo Exhibitions

2012
"The Catastrophic Spectator", Frantic Gallery, Tokyo
2010
"The Scene of Accident" Frantic Gallery, Tokyo
2006
"The Creation", Gallery Iteza, Kyoto
2005
"Did my time", Gallery Iteza, Kyoto
2004
"Heart full of pain", Gallery Iteza, Kyoto
2003
"Boys don't cry", GUILD Gallery, Osaka

Group Exhibitions

2011
"2011 FRANTIC UNDERLINES", Frantic Gallery, Tokyo
2010
"2010 FRANTIC UNDERLINES Part 1", Frantic Gallery, Tokyo
Oxidized Reality, The Museum of Modern Art, Gunma2010
"frantic drawings", Frantic Gallery, Tokyo.
2009
"TANAGOKORO 9" Radi-um -Roentgenwerke, Tokyo.
2008
"Moeglichkeit", Radi-um -Roentgenwerke, Tokyo.
"Negative/Art Vol.5", GEISAI Museum2, Tokyo.
2007
"Negative/Art Vol.4", Osaka Contemporary Art Centre Osaka.
"Negative/Art Vol.3", Gallery Wks, Osaka.
2006
Vanilla Gallery, Tokyo.
"Negative/Art Vol.2", Dohjidai Gallery on Art, Kyoto.
2005
"Negative/Art Vol.1", Dohjidai Gallery of Art, Kyoto.
2003
"Dot", CASO, Osaka.

Important Private and Public Collections

The Museum Of Modern Art, Gunma

小川晴輝

1985
Born in Kanagawa
2012
Graduated Tokyo Zokei University, B.A., Painting Dep.

Solo Exhibitions

2014
"Roentgenpainting", Frantic Gallery, Tokyo
2013
"The Accumulation Spreads", Frantic Gallery, Tokyo
2009
"Irritated Figures", Frantic Gallery, Tokyo

Group Exhibition

2014
"VOCA", The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo
2012
"Art Award Next", Tokyo Art Forum, Tokyo
2012
"Resonance-Kyomei", Art Lab Hashimoto, Kanagawa
2012
The 11th Gunma Biennale for Young Artist, The Museum of Modern Art, Gunma, Japan
2012
"The 23rd Five Universities Exhibition", New National Museum of Art, Tokyo
2010
"2010 FRANTIC UNDERLINES", Frantic Gallery, Tokyo
2010
"frantic drawings", Frantic Gallery, Tokyo
2009
Frantic Collection, art project frantic, Tokyo
2009
My Favorite Things, art project frantic&unseal cotemporary joint exhibition, Tokyo
2008
Today’s Lunch, ARC gallery
2008
Five Art Universities Exhibit, Musashino Art University

Art Fairs

2008
Art&Home Collection Exhibition, Yokohama
2009
Young Art Taipei, Taipei

林田健 Ken Hayashida

1979
Born in Nagoya,Japan.
2002
Graduated from Nagoya University of Arts,Oil Painting 1 Course

Solo Exhibitions

2009
My name is no name,Tokyo Wonder Site Hongo, Tokyo
2008
BABEL/in my place, White Mates, Black Box, Nagoya
2007
Sprouts of intellect, The Museum Meiji-Mura Triennale
1999
Happiness bell is ringing throughout, Nagoya Mitsui Kaijyou Bill, Nagoya

Group Exhibitions

2010
7th U35・500artist Exhibition, Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse Number1, Yokohama
2010
SHIBUYA STYLE Vol.4,SEIBU SHIBUYA, Tokyo
2010
YOUG ARTISTS JAPAN Vol.2,Tokyo kotsu kaikan, Tokyo
2010
ART&PHOTO BOOK EXHIBITION 2010,Shinjyukugankagarou, Tokyo
2010
KYOTO ART FESTA 2010 “artDive#02”,Kyoto miyakomese, Kyoto
2010
The traces, two Exhibition, Nagoya Galley kusabue, Nagoya
2010
Unknown possibility 02, Shinjyukugankagarou,
2010
FRANTIC UNDERLINES, frantic gallery, Tokyo
2010
1th YOKOHAMA ART DOMAIN 2010, The foundation of the Yokohama Green society cross patio Green Gallery, Yokohama
2009
6th U35・500artist Exhibition,Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse Number1, Yokohama
2009
Unexpected, Shinjyukugankagarou
2009
YOUG ARTISTS JAPAN Vol.2, Tokyo kotsu kaikan, Tokyo
2009
ART&PHOTO BOOK EXHIBITION 2009, Shinjyukugankagarou
2008
5th U35・500artist Exhibition,Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse Number1, Yokohama

佐藤誠高

1980
Born in Aichi
2006
Tokyo Art University, B.A.Design Arts
2008
Tokyo Art University, M.A.Design Arts

Awards

2007
8th SICF, Gran Prix prize, Spiral, Tokyo

Solo Exhibition

2009
"Transplant Baby. The Synthetic Toys in Art of Naritaka Satoh" Exhibition, frantic gallery, Tokyo
2007
8th SICF, Gran Prix Exhibition, "Neutral Grey", Spiral, Tokyo

Group Exhibition

2010
"2010 FRANTIC UNDERLINES", Frantic Gallery, Tokyo
2009
"Extra Real" Exhibition, ULTRA002, Spiral Garden, Tokyo
2009
" My Favorite Things", art project frantic &unseal cotemporary Joint Exhibition,Tokyo
2009
"frantic Collection", art project frantic, Tokyo
2009
10th SICF, Anniversary Gran Prix Artist Exh,"00-08" Spiral, Tokyo
2008
"Artist Show", Group Exhibition, art project frantic, Tokyo
2008
Graduation Works Exhibition, Tokyo Art University Museum, Tokyo
2008
9th SICF, Gran Prix Group Exhibition, Spiral, Tokyo
2007
8th SICF, Spiral, Tokyo
2006
Graduation Works Exhibition, Tokyo Art University Museum, Tokyo
2002
GEISAI 2, Big Sight, Tokyo

仲森仁
Hitoshi Nakamori

1976
Born in Mie, Japan
2004
Graduated Master's Program at Musashino Art University
2006-10
Research Associate of Musashino Art University, Printmaking Course

Solo Exhibitions

2009
Omotesando Gallery Tokyo
2005
Gallery KAKU, Tokyo

Group Exhibitions

2008
"Edmonton Print International 2008" Capital Arts Building, Edomonton, Canada
2007
"Contrifugal : Ideas from different cultures in print" FAB Gallery, University of Alberta, Edomonton, Canada
2006
Gallery KAKU, Tokyo
2004
"Sublime Present - International Aspect of Contemporary Print and Art Education " Musashino Art University Museum & Library, Tokyo
2003
Exhibition of University of Art of Print, Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts, Tokyo
"9th Hamamatsu Municipal Museum Prints Grand Prix Exhibition", Hamamatsu Municipal
2001
Exhibition of University of Art of Print, Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts, Tokyo (award)
2000
Key Gallery, Tokyo

Public Collections

Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts, Tokyo
University of Alberta, Edomonton, Canada