Yoshitoshi Kanemaki

  
 

Yoshitoshi Kanemaki

b. 1972 Japan



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Yoshitoshi Kanemaki, a Japanese contemporary artist, was born in Chiba Prefecture and Graduated from The Department of Sculpture, Tama Art University, Tokyo.

Kanemaki's works are mainly based on wood carving. He has superb craftsmanship using the technology "ichiboku-zukuri" to form logs into a one-piece sculpture. The surreal style of the work is strangely cute and the sense of difference strongly highlights the personal characteristics.

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Yoshitoshi Kanemaki, a Japanese contemporary artist, was born in Chiba Prefecture and Graduated from The Department of Sculpture, Tama Art University, Tokyo.
Kanemaki's works are mainly based on wood carving. He has superb craftsmanship using the technology "ichiboku-zukuri" to form logs into a one-piece sculpture. The surreal style of the work is strangely cute and the sense of difference strongly highlights the personal characteristics.

Kanemaki's creative process is simple and pure, employs ancient Japanese techniques. Before getting down to sculpting, he will first draw a draft, or directly sketch the pattern on the camphor wood. From here on begins the arduous task creating the final piece. In his own words, "merely pours time and questions" into the mix to create art.

“Looking deep into the world we live, we realize that everyone holds hesitations or inconsistencies that they can never answer.” — Yoshitoshi Kanemaki

It seems that the elements of time are also embedded in the sculpture. "The irregular shape that deviates from human form to present the ambivalent emotions" adds another dimension, both philosophical and artistic to the way the sculpture is perceived. “It could be you,” he says. And that is what makes his art so compelling and intriguing even though their morbidity form is jarring at first glance.

Yoshitoshi Kanemaki had participated in “Bishojo:Young Pretty Girls in Art History” at the MoNTUE in 2019. Exhibited with 《コトホギ・カプリス(Congratulation・Caprice)》, a bride sculpture can be viewed from all perspective, the head is designed to 360 degrees, and each expression represents the mood of the bride when she is married, such as joy, tension, crying, sympathetic and so on.


CV

2019
  • “Bishojo: Young Pretty Girls in Art History” Museum of National Taipei University of Education, Taipei, Taiwan
2018
  • “The MEGANE to TABISURU Exhibition.”Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art
  • “The MEGANE to TABISURU Exhibition.”Shimane Prefectural Museum
  • Atelier Descendants and their Future EXTRA, Denchu-kan Museum (Old Hiragushi house), Ueno Sakuragi, Tokyo
  • 2018 “XYLOLOGY”, Denchu-kan Museum (Old Hiragushi house), Ueno Sakuragi, Tokyo
  • “The MEGANE to TABISURU Exhibition.”Aomori Museum of ART
2017
  • Yoshitoshi Kanemaki Exhibition, Art Fair Tokyo
2016
  • Yoshitoshi Kanemaki Exhibition, Elsa Art Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
  • Yoshitoshi Kanemaki Exhibition, FUMA Contemporary Tokyo, BUNKYO ART, Tokyo
2013
  • ”mementomori”, Elsa Art Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
  • ”mementomori”, FUMA Contemporary Tokyo, BUNKYO ART, Tokyo
  • Yoshitoshi Kanemaki Exhibition, FUMA Contemporary Tokyo, BUNKYO ART, Tokyo
2011
  • “Ambivalence”, Elsa Art Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
  • Sculptural exhibition, FUMA Contemporary Tokyo, BUNKYO ART, Tokyo
2010
  • Persona in time passing, FUMA Contemporary Tokyo, BUNKYO ART, Tokyo

SELECTED WORKS

Caprice Papyrus 02 (Regular Edition)
2019
17 x 12 3/5 in
43.2 x 32 cm
Edition of 110
Inkjet on lenticular acrylic
Caprice Papyrus 02 (Regular Edition)
2019
17 x 12 3/5 in
43.2 x 32 cm
Edition of 110
Inkjet on lenticular acrylic
Caprice Papyrus 02 (Special Edition)
2019
17 x 12 3/5 in
43.2 x 32 cm
Edition of 10
Inkjet on lenticular acrylic
Caprice Papyrus 02 (Special Edition)
2019
17 x 12 3/5 in
43.2 x 32 cm
Edition of 10
Inkjet on lenticular acrylic

PRESS

designboom
designboom Nov. 2016
STAFMAGAZINE
STAF MAGAZINE Aug. 2016
boredpanda
boredpanda 2015

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