[Ginza Tsutaya Bookstore] Asami Kiyokawa’s solo exhibition “TOKYO MONSTER, reloaded”, which celebrated the 20th anniversary of artist activity, will be held from Saturday, December 11th.

Photo: Munetaka Tokuyama

At the same time as the exhibition is held, pre-orders for three special limited-edition works "TOKYO MONSTER, reloaded" have started.

Ginza Tsutaya Bookstore (GINZASIX 6F, Chuo-ku, Tokyo) will hold a solo exhibition "TOKYO MONSTER, reloaded" by Asami Kiyokawa, who celebrated the 20th anniversary of her artist activities, from Saturday, December 11th to Saturday, December 25th, 2021. It will be held during the period. In line with the exhibition, we will start accepting orders for 3 types of limited works on the special page.

Photo: Munetaka Tokuyama


Ginza Tsutaya Bookstore is pleased to announce the solo exhibition "TOKYO MONSTER, reloaded" by Asami Kiyokawa, who celebrated the 20th anniversary of her artist activities.
Asami Kiyokawa is known for embroidering photographs with threads and beads. Her range of activities is wide-ranging, and she is active in a wide range of fields such as advertising, space direction, photobook production, and picture book production.

In this exhibition, the sequel to the series "TOKYO MONSTER" released in 2014, using the street snaps of fashion magazines from the 90's as a motif, likening the complex and vanity of young people wandering around Tokyo to "monsters". We are pleased to announce the new work of "TOKYO MONSTER (2020-)".

Unlike the conventional TOKYO MONSTER, the new work is characterized by embroidery made using threads with inverted colors. The largest size work is life-sized and powerful. In addition, TOKYO MONSTER COVERS, prints, and Nishijin-ori works embroidered on the cover of the magazine "STREET" (1980s to 2020s) will be exhibited.

Kiyokawa's unique technique using thread expresses the "era" and "people" of Tokyo, which is wandering in search of the future while society is undergoing major changes due to the corona disaster.

Pre-order sales of three special limited-edition works "TOKYO MONSTER, reloaded" will start on Saturday, December 11th, in conjunction with this solo exhibition.
The collection of works is made to order by reservation, and based on Kiyokawa's original drawings, "TOKYO MONSTER (2020-)" is a collection of works with Nishijin-ori works co-created with the long-established store "Hosoo" in Nishijin, Kyoto, which has world-class technology. A collection of works with prints and a collection of works with long T-shirts in collaboration with "WIND AND SEA" will be on sale.

In addition, at the entrance of GINZA SIX, where Ginza Tsutaya Bookstore is located, Asami Kiyokawa's "Digital Art" "OUR NEW WORLD" produced under the theme of "Pillar of Life and Light" will be released until Saturday, December 25th. increase.

Special page | https://store.tsite.jp/ginza/blog/art/23333-1605361110.html

TOKYO MONSTER COVERS "No.47" © ︎ Asami Kiyokawa Photo: KEI OKANO

・ Artist statement

Young people in Harajuku, Tokyo, who dressed strangely and were introduced in Japanese fashion magazines in the 90's. The "TOKYO MONSTER series" expresses the desires and vanities hidden in that heart by comparing them to "monsters."
-Everyone of us is a monster by embroidering a photo to exaggerate the appearance and clothes of the motif, or by covering a part of the face or body with an object or decoration so that it is not known who it is. Suggests that it can be.

In TOKYO MONSTER (2020-), based on street snapshots picked up from magazines and SNS after 2020, and photographs taken, the image of the motif is transformed and the color of the thread stretched on the photograph is reversed negatively and positively. Incorporate visual effects into the screen.

In 2020, the entire world fell into a corona disaster, and the social situation and people's values ​​changed drastically. I would like to create a work of people with invisible anxiety trying to get a new self with the help of fashion, imagining the story of their lives.

・ About 3 kinds of limited works "TOKYO MONSTER, reloaded"

Corona's evil that he encountered in the milestone year of the 20th anniversary of his writer's activities. 2021 was a year for Kiyokawa to reconsider the origin. The "TOKYO MONSTER" series (2014) depicts the hearts of young people wandering around Tokyo. A total of 5 series of works are included, including "TOKYO MONSTER (2020-)", which can be said to be a self-cover version, and "Ametsuchi no Uta", which is based on Japanese mythology.

This collection of works is made to order by reservation, and will be delivered with 3 types of special contents.
Based on Kiyokawa's original drawings, the one that comes with Nishijin-ori, which was co-created with the long-established store "Hosoo" in Nishijin, Kyoto, which has world-class technology, the one that comes with the print work of "TOKYO MONSTER (2020-)", "WIND AND It is a diverse and special lineup that comes with a long T-shirt in collaboration with "SEA".

<Nishijin-ori work set version (4 types)>
"Mrs. danger"

Price | 1,100,000 yen (tax included)
Work size | 1,165 × 788mm
Frame size | 1,194.5 × 817.5mm
Material | Nishijin-ori * All are framed * Please check the special page for 3 types other than "Mrs. danger".

<Print work set version (2 types)>
"Who am I? (Prints)"

"I am still in shadow (print)"

Price | 110,000 yen (tax included)

Number of EDs | 2 types, each edition 50
Work size | 450 × 320mm (printed on the entire paper size)
Frame size | 625 × 487mm
Material | Inkjet print + special color silk printing * Autographed by the artist * All framed

<Collaboration long T-shirt set version (2 types)>

Price | 21,780 yen (tax included)
Color | White / Black size | White: S size, Black: XL size * Included with the collection of works in a special box.

・ About reservation of 3 kinds of limited works

Reservations will begin at 11:00 on Saturday, December 11th at the art online marketplace "OIL by Bijutsu Techo".
* It is a complete build-to-order manufacturing online.
* You can see a sample of the collection of works at the Ginza Tsutaya Bookstore during the exhibition period.
* Nishijin-ori work set version (4 types) is produced one by one. Depending on the pre-sales situation, sales may end before the reservation starts.

Notice page | https://oil.bijutsutecho.com/special/116

Special site URL |https://bijutsutecho.com/lp/asamikiyokawa-tmr
(The special site will be open to the public on December 10th (Friday) at 10am.)

Reservation acceptance period | December 11th (Sat) 11: 00-December 26th (Sun) 23:59
* This collection of works is not sold at general bookstores.

<Bibliographic information (common to all 3 types)>

"TOKYO MONSTER, reloaded"
Artist | Published by Asami Kiyokawa | Culture Convenience Club Co., Ltd. Specifications | A4 variant / bookbinding / all color / 120 pages + Asami Kiyokawa interview sheet (sandwiched)

・ Artist profile

Asami Kiyokawa

Photo: Munetaka Tokuyama

Born in Awaji Island, Hyogo Prefecture in 1979. Based in Tokyo.
Since the 2000s, when he studied fashion and was a model for magazine readers, he has been engaged in creative activities under the theme of "fashion and the possibility of self-expression." In a society where information media and systems that people are involved in every day, such as magazines and SNS, are expanding, the theme is the relationship between "inside" and "outside" that forms an individual's identity, and the psychological contradictions and gaps that occur there.
I came up with the idea of ​​seeing a "thread" placed on top of a photo by chance, and started a unique technique of taking a picture of a model person and embroidering it directly on the photo. In addition to "threads" and photographs, he develops various visual expressions using mixed media such as magazines, books, cloth and canvas.
Representative works include "Beauty Collection," "Complex," and "TOKYO MONSTER," which have created works of each person's life story and the relationship between the state of mind and the social situation.
Held numerous solo exhibitions at Art Tower Mito (2011), Kanaz Forest of Creation (2015), and Omotesando Hills, Tokyo (2012, 2018). In addition to being involved in advertising visual and graphic design as an art director, he is also active as a director of space design and commercial images.
In addition, he continues his activities as a picture book writer, and the picture book "Kami-sama isn't there?", Which he co-wrote with writer Shuntaro Tanikawa, has been selected as the representative of Japan in the world competition for children's books.
Since 2020, he has been involved in the regional revitalization project of Awaji Island, focusing on art and culture.

"Best Debutante Award" (2004), VOCA Exhibition Award (2010), "VOGUE JAPAN Women of the Year" (2012), ASIAGRAPH Award "Tsumugi Award" (2013).

・ Exhibition details

Asami Kiyokawa solo exhibition "TOKYO MONSTER, reloaded"

Period | December 11th (Sat) -December 25th (Sat), 2021
Time | 11: 00-20: 00 Venue | Ginza Tsutaya Bookstore GINZA ATRIUM (Event Space)
Admission | Free sponsorship | Ginza Tsutaya Bookstore cooperation | ASAMI Inc.
Inquiries | 03-3575-7755 (during business hours) /info.ginza@ccc.co.jp

Special page | https://store.tsite.jp/ginza/blog/art/23333-1605361110.html

<About sales of exhibited works>
Ginza Tsutaya Bookstore, online marketplace for art "OIL by Bijutsu Techo" will be on sale from 11:00 on Saturday, December 11th.
* Depending on the pre-sales situation, the work may be discontinued before the exhibition period starts.

TOKYO MONSTER COVERS "No.165" © ︎ Asami Kiyokawa Photo: KEI OKANO

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