[Ginza Tsutaya Bookstore] A two-person exhibition “Mountains and Sky” by artists Noe Aoki and Ai Yamaguchi will be held from Saturday, June 4th. Expressing the inner nature of the artists through prints, three-dimensional works, and exhibitions of different works.

Ginza Tsutaya Bookstore (GINZA SIX 6F, Chuo-ku, Tokyo) will hold a two-person exhibition "Mountain and Sky" by Noe Aoki and Ai Yamaguchi from Saturday, June 4th to Tuesday, June 21st. It will be held at Space GINZA ATRIUM. An exhibition of two prints and three-dimensional and two-dimensional works produced by the print studio Edition Works, which handles contemporary art works. You can feel the charm of prints and the characteristics that differ depending on the technique such as lithograph, copperplate prints, woodblock prints, and digital prints.

Upper left: Noe Aoki Mesocyclone-1 2021 Iron © ︎Noe Aoki Courtesy of ANOMALY Photo: Ichiji Mishima Upper right: Noe Aoki Tamakumo 1 2011 Paper (Arche Aquarel)
Bottom left: Ai Yamaguchi Not in flowers 2014 Panel, cotton cloth, acrylic paint Bottom right: Ai Yamaguchi and Kurukami no Himagoto 2006 paper (summer set)


In this exhibition, the original three-dimensional and two-dimensional works will be exhibited, focusing on the print works that artists Noe Aoki and Ai Yamaguchi have produced at the Print Studio Edition Works for about 20 years.

Noe Aoki is known for his sculptural works that connect iron as a material with motifs such as the atmosphere and water vapor. Aoki's sculptures and prints are both characterized by creating a unique world view that incorporates the viewer into a part of the work.

Ai Yamaguchi is a writer who has portrayed girls living as prostitutes in the series "Touge no Ochaya," which expresses the culture and customs of the Edo period. Thinking that "prints and original works complement each other in creating the artist's world view," I have produced many prints in parallel with original works such as canvas and porcelain.

Works produced by various techniques such as lithographs, copperplate prints, woodblock prints, and digital prints fully demonstrate the characteristics of each technique and convey the charm of prints to those who see it.

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・ About the title "Mountain and Sky"

The title of this exhibition, "Mountain and Sky," reflects the thoughts of Tomoaki Kayama, the representative of Print Studio Edition Works, who has consistently served as a printer for both artists.

"The'mountains and sky'that are viewed as one landscape casually. However, it can be said that the two see the completely different elements of the undulations of the earth's surface and the large space that connects to the universe as one landscape. The presence of air is intimately connected to create a cycle.
It is the activities of the creatures born there that connect different elements more strongly.
Noe Aoki and Ai Yamaguchi, who have been producing prints for many years at Print Studio Edition Works, are two artists who can be said to have completely different characteristics, but both put themselves in nature, and the circulation of all things and the passage of time. It is common to feel and express a lot of things.
I hoped that this exhibition would connect the two expressions and create a new landscape, entitled "Mountain and Sky".
By exhibiting each three-dimensional and two-dimensional work together with the print work, you can feel how the print production circulates in the whole artist's activities. ── Print Studio Edition Works Representative Tomoaki Kayama


Noe Aoki
Born in Tokyo in 1958. Completed graduate school at Musashino Art University.
Fascinated by the material of iron from the beginning of the activities in the 1980s, he created a work that was completed by repeating the simple work of melting industrial iron plates into parts, welding and assembling. They are released from the original hardness and weight of the material, as well as the concept of sculpture = lump, and dramatically change the space in which the work is placed. Carefully observe the exhibition space and the place where the work is placed, and incorporate what exists widely there, and even what you see, as part of the work, and build a unique world that is different from the installation.
In recent years, he has also released works of different materials such as soap, plaster, and glass. Continued publication of prints since 1997. There are 20 series. In addition, iron workshops with children are actively held in various places, and the place where the work is placed and the interaction with people are one of the life works.
The main collection destinations are the National Museum of Art, Tokyo, the National Museum of Art, Osaka, the Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, the Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, and the Agency for Cultural Affairs. Received the Mainichi Art Award, Teijiro Nakahara Award, and the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Award in 2021.

Ai Yamaguchi
Born in Tokyo in 1977. Studied at Joshibi University of Art and Design, Department of Crafts, Department of Weaving.
Debuted in 1998 at a group exhibition in Los Angeles, USA.
At the Los Angeles solo exhibition held in 2003, she was in charge of package collaboration with the brand's first artist for two years, triggered by the sponsorship of cosmetics brand Shu Uemura. Not only in Japan, but also in Asia, Europe, and the United States.
From the early days of the activity, the original support "Futon Canvas", in which the panel was wrapped in a blanket or cotton cloth, and "Touge", which was created based on the culture and customs of the Edo period, using Japanese paper, shells, ceramic plates, etc. as the support. I have drawn girls who live as prostitutes in "Ochaya". While uniquely interpreting Japanese culture such as calligraphy, Rinpa works, and kimono patterns, and incorporating modern sensibilities, the delicate and supple lines draw her ideal beauty and a lovely and lustrous girl. Creating a statue.

Print Studio Edition Works
Established in 1984. Japan's leading print studio that handles prints by many artists in Japan and overseas, using a wide range of techniques from traditional techniques to digital techniques such as copperplate, woodblock, lithograph, silk screen, and digital printing. The representative is Tomoaki Kayama.

・ About sales

It will be on sale from Saturday, June 4th at the Ginza Tsutaya Bookstore storefront and art online marketplace "OIL by Bijutsu Techo".
* The store will be on sale from 11:00 on Saturday, June 4th. * The online store will be on sale from 12:00 on Saturday, June 4th. * Only some works will be sold online.

OIL by Art Notebook | https://oil.bijutsutecho.com/gallery/730

・ Exhibition details

Exhibition Title | Noe Aoki + Ai Yamaguchi Exhibition "Mountains and Sky"

Period | June 4th (Sat) -June 21st (Tue), 2022
Each day 11: 00-20: 00 * Closed at 18:00 only on the last day of the session | Ginza Tsutaya Bookstore GINZA ATRIUM (event space)
Admission | Free sponsorship | Ginza Tsutaya Bookstore cooperation | Print Studio Edition Works / ANOMALY / Mizuma Art Gallery
Inquiries | 03-3575-7755 (during business hours) /info.ginza@ccc.co.jp

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