Main Program

Tomoko Konoike
Ohshima Black Kite
Takamatsu→Echizen→Shizuoka→Roppongi Black Kite
Main Program

1: Ohshima Black Kite 2019 Approx. W12 x H4m Water-based paint, Crayon on Cowskin
2: Takamatsu→Echizen→Shizuoka→Roppongi Black Kite 2022 Approx. W12 x H5.5m Water-based paint, Crayon on Cowskin

May 27 (Sat), 10:00 – 28 (Sun), 18:00
Tokyo Midtown Galleria
[Participation fee]
Tomoko Konoike seeks a strong change in awareness of art, which is a closed system of expression for human beings, and has attempted to return to the beginnings of art and reconsider human creation.Since prehistoric times, humans have hunted animals for food, dressed in skins, and made offerings to the gods. “The skins of animals that were torn apart by knives, tanned, and made odorless, very clean. It was something done for survival,” says Konoike.For Tomoko Konoike, creating art with skins is an expression of such primitive relationships, and at the same time, it can be said to be a reminder of human intervention and violence against nature.The two kites flying freely in the Galleria (Takamatsu→Echizen→Shizuoka→Roppongi BLACK KITE) and (Oshima BLACK KITE) remind us of the relationship between humans and animals/nature. These works are made using skins that were destined to be discarded as uncommercialized scraps under capitalism. It also conveys that nature exists beyond human activity and is not meant for commercialization.
Displayed in various locations, the kites, which have changed colors and shapes depending on the rain, wind and sunlight, will remind the viewer that nature changes over time.


Tomoko Konoike

Tomoko Konoike continues to question the fundamentals of art through a variety of media including painting, sculpture, and performance, as well as site-specific expressions realized through travel.
Recent solo exhibitions include Fundamental Violence (2016), Kanagawa Prefectural Hall, The Museum of Modern Art, Gunma / Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Art Encouragement Prize; Fur Story (2018), Leeds Arts University; Hunter Gatherer (2018), Akita Museum of Modern Art, Japan; Chukagari (2020), Artizon Museum / Mainichi Art Prize; Birth of Miru (2022), Takamatsu City Museum of Art.
Group exhibitions include Temporal Turn (2016), Spencer Museum of Art / University of Kansas Museum of Natural History; Japan-Spirits of Nature (2017), Nordic Akbar Museum of Art; ECHOES FROM THE PAST (2018), Sinka Art Museum; Story-makers (2022), Japanese Cultural Centre Sydney. Her publications include Animal Words and picture books (Hatori Shoten).