[Ginza Tsutaya Bookstore] A solo exhibition by Baku Kiyokawa titled “Touch and Reflection” will be held from March 8th (Friday). Two series of new works using the unique technique “Bakugan” will be exhibited at the same time.

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Ginza Tsutaya Bookstore (GINZA SIX 6F, Chuo-ku, Tokyo) will hold a solo exhibition by artist Boku Kiyokawa, “Touch and Reflection,” at the in-store art space FOAM CONTEMPORARY from Friday, March 8, 2024 to Wednesday, March 27, 2024. It will be held during the period.


Baku Kiyokawa is an artist who uses a unique technique called “bakugan'' to create works based on the theme of boundaries. From my experience studying painting, printmaking, and sculpture during my student days, I created “Bakugan'' as a sculptural work that mixes the technique of copperplate printing with the painting expression of direct writing. Bakugan uses an acrylic board as a support, and paints the back side of the board in advance, and then carves and scratches the paint to draw lines. Furthermore, by pouring paint into the carved lines and viewing them from the opposite surface, we are able to create even sharper depictions. Because he scratches from the “back side'' of the acrylic board, what the viewer sees is an inverted image, and this accidental nature is one of the characteristics of Kiyokawa's work.

The title of this exhibition, “Touch and Reflection,'' was inspired by the mirror phenomenon that the artist has recently become interested in. In this exhibition, we will be presenting new works from his representative work, “Bakugan,'' as well as his expanded NAMA series and BLACK series. In the NAMA series, by peeling off the acrylic board on the surface of the bakugan work, the detailed material of the painted surface is revealed, in contrast to the inorganic surface of the bakugan acrylic board. The BLACK series uses a black acrylic board on the surface to create a mirror-like reflection, which reflects the surrounding objects on the surface and overlaps with the image drawn in the back, creating a multilayered depth.

At the venue, please enjoy the world of Kiyokawa's work, where he explores new expressions while pursuing the "Bakugan" technique he created himself.

*Image shots of this exhibition (left) NAMA series, (right) BLACK series

“BLACK001” 2021 / 1167×910mm / acrylic,acrylic board

“Wake up” 2023 / 1455×1455mm / acrylic,acrylic board

・Artist statement

I started thinking more about tactile sensations in my work.
I started thinking more about reflections and virtual images.
I still don't know whether I want to strongly touch and check my outline or stare at a blurry image, but I continue to create in order to find out.

This was the venue where I wanted to exhibit new works from the two series at the same time: the NAMA series, where the smooth walls were peeled off and the flesh pulled out, and the BLACK series, which gave the impression of a shadow standing in the dim light.

Cheongcheon desert

・About sales

The exhibited works will be on sale at the venue from 11am on Friday, March 8th.
*Sales of works may end before the start of the exhibition period depending on the pre-sales situation.


Baku Kiyokawa

Born in Tokyo in 1996
2020 Graduated from Joshibi University of Art and Design, Department of Fine Arts, Department of Western Painting

[Exhibition history]
2023 ■ Solo exhibition “On the Boundary Line” Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Main Store Contemporary Gallery/Tokyo “Escape from ⬜︎” OF Gallery/Okayama Prefecture

■Group exhibition "WHAT CAFE EXHIBITION vol.28" WHAT CAFE/Tokyo "ART SESSION by Ginza Tsutaya Shoten" Ginza Tsutaya Shoten/Tokyo "2023 MITSUKOSHI Art Weeks" Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Main Store/Tokyo "SYMBIOSIS" Mandarin Oriental Taipei/Taiwan “GINZA 5th ART SELECTION” OIL by Bijutsucho

2022 ■Group exhibition "SHIBUYA STYLE vol.16" Seibu Shibuya Art Gallery / Tokyo "MoCAF2022" / Philippines "ART TAIPEI 2022 Taipei International Art Expo" / Taiwan "Post Imagine" ASTER / Ishikawa "Blue Period Exhibition – Art So, talent?~” Terada Warehouse G1 Building/Tokyo “Burning Line” gallery TOWED/Tokyo “Rough Play” MEDEL GALLERY SHU/Tokyo

2021 ■ Solo exhibition “Scissors on the Boundary Line” Ginza Tsutaya Bookstore Art Wall Gallery/Tokyo “Kiyokawa Baku Exhibition” Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Main Store Art Salon/Tokyo “Soraku Baku” cocoto/Kyoto “withdrawal” Kameido Art Center/Tokyo

■Group exhibition “SICF21 Winners Exhibition” Spiral Esplanade/Tokyo “Drinking water in the abyss” KATA/Tokyo “Lines and_” Artas Gallery/Fukuoka “biscuit gallery Opening Exhibition” biscuit gallery/Tokyo

2020 ■Group Exhibition "CAF Award 2020" Daikanyama Hillside Forum / Tokyo "100 People 10" Logs Building / Tokyo "Rich Seasons III" Orie Art Gallery / Tokyo "SICF21" Spiral / Tokyo "43rd Tokyo Five Fine Arts University Association Graduation"・Graduation Exhibition” The National Art Center, Tokyo/Tokyo

[Award history]
2020 “CAF Award 2020” Selected “SICF21” Keiko Tanaka Award Winner

・Exhibition details

Baku Kiyokawa Solo Exhibition “Touch and Reflection”
Period: March 8, 2024 (Friday) to March 27, 2024 (Wednesday) Closing date is subject to change.
Time|11:00-19:00 *Last day ends at 18:00.
Closed | Monday Admission | Free Sponsored | Ginza Tsutaya Bookstore Author Visit Day | March 8th (Friday) 17:00-19:00, March 9th (Saturday) 14:00-18:00
Contact us|03-3575-7755 (during business hours) / info.ginza@ccc.co.jp
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By combining "LIQUID", which imagines flexible planning contents, and "SOLID", a space fully equipped with the facilities of a conventional white cube, we created an intermediate form called "FOAM". An expressive space that reflects the book's art scene from multiple angles.

The first “O” in the logo is intentionally shaped out of shape to evoke the image of a bubble. It expresses the contemporary art scene itself, which is changing daily, and also represents an image of the artist's free, flexible, and limitless expression.
As an expression space that explores and cultivates the value and real pleasure of art that goes beyond the life cycle while staying in touch with the actuality of the times, we will introduce a variety of noteworthy artists regardless of their career or age.
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