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Macoto Murayama wins The Grand Prix at Asia Digital Art Award

Macoto Murayama, Phalaenopsis Sogo Yukidian - multiple front view - b, digital c-print, 150x100cm, 2017 Ed.8

We congratulate Macoto Murayama, whose recent work Phalaenopsis Sogo Yukidian - multiple front view - b (digital c-print, 150x100cm, 2017 Ed.8) has just won The Grand Prix at Asia Digital Art Award/Fukuoka Governor's Award/The Minister of MEXT Award. Follow us for the news regarding the exhibitions where we show this gorgeous Moth Orchid in scale 6 times larger than the real flower.


“Nexus # 4” by Kanata Goto at The 66th Graduation Works Exhibition in Tokyo Art Museum

Kanata Goto, Nexus # 3(x), plyester threads, steel, 156x54.2x16.7cm, 2017 Ed.5

Nexus # 4 by Kanata Goto at The 66th Graduation Works Exhibition
Jan 28 (Sun) - Feb. 3 (Sat), 2018
Tokyo Art University Museum, Tokyo

Kanata Goto will be presenting the next large scale work from The Nexus Series at the graduation show of Tokyo Art Museum staring on January 28th. 


Ryo Kikuchi at Tokyo Zokei University Research Associate Exhibition

Ryo Kikuchi, Void # 28, acrylic on panel, 90x90cm, 2017

Ryo Kikuchi at Tokyo Zokei University Research Associate Exhibition
Mar 29 (Thu) - Apr. 25 (Wed), 2018
Tokyo Zokei University Museum, Tokyo

The latest works from The Void Series by Ryo Kikuchi will be on show in Tokyo Zokei University Museum in the group show of the researches of the university.


Akane Yorita in the residence of TAMAT, Tournai, Belgium

(Centre de la Tapisserie, des Art du Tissu de la Fédération Wallonie-Buxelles)
Jan. 2018 - Jan. 2019
TAMAT, Tournai, Belgium

Akane Yorita joins one year residency program of TAMAT, The Center of Textile of Wallonie-Bruxelles situated in Tournai, Belgium, to continue her research, creation and exhibition of textile/threads/weaving related works. We will keep you updated on the exhibitions in Belgium and other parts of Europe where you can see her latest "webs".


"Night 1" by Kanata Goto creeps into the cover of "Neighbor" Magazine 

"Night 1" by Kanata Goto appears on the cover of "Neighbor" Magazine leading the reader to 4 pages of  the article describing his artistic activity and a vast set of the previous exhibition view fotos. 


"Contextile" Solo Show of Yasuaki Kuroda at Tokyo Wonder Site

Yasuaki Kuroda Solo Show as a part of TWS Emerging - 2017
Tokyo Wonder Site Hongo
2017.06.10. (SAT) - 07.09 (SUN)

When the subject slips, when the symbolism is not given any expression and there is no guide book to follow. The parallel lines intersect, straight lines form the loop. How would you think, being in the world like this?


Ryo Kikuchi's "fog" generating works in the first issue of NOUMU Magazine

The first issue of NOUMU Magazine opens the conversation with the topic of "Impossible Communication" and along the philosophical texts presents the works of Ryo Kikuchi  that recreate the visual experience of a cave painting or state of being in the fog. 


Taisuke Mohri's "The Mirror" Catalogue

We have just printed a catalogue dedicated to Taisuke Mohri's pencil drawing from "The Mirror" series presented at "Personal Structures" Exhibition at European Cultural Centre during Venice Biennale (2017 May 13 (SAT) - Nov. 26 (SUN)). The catalogue contains large format image of the work, introduction text and the layout of books pointing to the context of the work and the search of the artist as we see it.
Those who won't have the paper version can reach the content using the link below. 

See the Catalogue Online or Download

You can also find the opening and exhibition view shots on Frantic Gallery official site.


German P.M. science/history magazine presents Macoto Murayama's digital "Rose"

Dealing with history, science and vast anthropological topics German Magazine P.M. introduces the close up of a Rose by Macoto Murayama in the article titled "The Creation is a Miracle" in comparison with both traditional botanical illustrations by Pierre-Joseph Redouté and the images of Cannabis seen though electron microscope. 


Ryo Kikuchi joins the group show at Sezon Art Gallery

Could it be a way of expression or not?
Kouseki Ono, Masahiro Masuda, Ryo Kikuchi
Sezon Art Gallery, Tokyo
2017.07.01. (SAT) -  07.30. (SUN)

Ryo Kikuchi joins the group show of artists that object the separation line between technique and concept, method and thinking challenging the limits of both combined. 

Image: Ryo Kikuchi, Void #19, acrylic on panel, 121x242x4cm, 2017

Frantic Articles on ARTSY

Now you can find the selection of the publications related to Frantic Gallery and our artists in Article Section of Artsy.
Visit us there for the words and sounds as well!


Taisuke Mohri's "The Mirror" at "Personal Structures" Exhibition in European Cultural Center during Venice Biennale 2017

The latest pencil on paper drawing by Taisuke Mohri from "The Mirror" series will be presented at the "Personal Structures" exhibition at the European Cultural Center (Palazzo Mora) for six month starting May 13th. Follow us for further updates related to this event and to see the work online in case you are not planning to visit Venice Biennale this year.

Image: Taisuke Mohri, The Mirror 3, pencil on paper, drawing: 91x72.8cm, frame: 95.3x77.1x6.5cm, 2017

Macoto Murayama at "Calculated Imagination" in La Foret Harajuku Museum, Tokyo

The show brings together distinguished graduates of Institute of Advanced Media and Science to present the latest developments on the crossroad of art and technology. Besides Botanical Diagrams "Calculated Imagination" (2017.03.10 (FRI) - 3.16.(THU)) will be a rear chance to see the video work by Murayama dedicated to kaleidoscopic flora image in motion. The artist will be participating in the gallery talk on March 12th (SUN) 14:00~16:00.

Image: Macoto Murayama, Lathyrus odoratus L - top view - b, digital c-print, 100x100cm, 2012, Ed.8

Sneak peak at Atsushi Koyama's studio and The Machine

Atsushi Koyama is working on a computerized machine that will be helping him to incorporate mathematical or technical super-human elements in his paintings and we will have the first results to share with you in the nearest future. Meanwhile, here are some snapshots of his studio and working process. Follow us for updates.


Inorganic Cherry Blossoms for Shiseido

Blossoming Digital Sakura Flowers created by Macoto Murayama will accompany and depict the delicate essence of "White Lucent" skin care by Shiseido starting this year. See the add video below to catch the feeling.


Ryo Kikuchi presents the first works from the cave paintings series.

Image: Ryo Kikuchi, Idea #6 (Chauvet), acrylic on panel, 89x89x2.8cm, 2017

Ryo Kikuchi is showing his latest work at the Tokyo Zokei University Graduation Works Exhibition presenting one of the first works from the series related to prehistoric Cave Paintings. His "Idea # 6" for example is dedicated to the best preserved figurative depiction of Upper Paleolithic life found in The Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc Cave on the south of France. 




Macoto Murayama's "Inorganic Flora" in Istanbul | BLOCK art space

Filled with the new energy and ready to grow and stretch further we gladly open the next Frantic Year with the presentation of our collaboration with BLOCK art space based in Istanbul, Turkey. Macoto Murayama with several Botanical Diagrams of Inorganic Flora will be joining the show titled "On Botany" (with opening on January 17th) where 10 artists from different geographical and cultural areas will be using the topic of "plant" to present their points of view and ways of thinking. Visit BLOCK's event page below for details or Artist's Page for more information on Macoto Murayama. 

Image: Macoto Murayama, Lathyrus odoratus L - side view - ow, digital c-print, 100x100cm, 2012, Ed.8

Macoto Murayama's Inorganic Flora in 300 pages catalog of historical plant images.

"Plant: Exploring the Botanical World" published by Phaidon Press presents Macoto Murayama's Rose from Botech Art series along plant related works of Araki, Leonardo da Vinci, Charles Darwin, Nick Night, Tomas Ruff and so on. The book takes you along the thoughtful selection of images created in all possible media from watercolors to latest computer software and in distant places and epochs from murals in Ancient Greece to Digital Dimension hardwared in contemporary Tokyo (it seems Murayama will always be closing this types of time/space/media juxtapositions).

Image: Macoto Murayama's "Rose-iii-bc" next to the illustration of the same type of flower by Dutch botanist and painter Pierre-Joseph Redouté (1759-1840).

Kanata Goto collects Grad Prix in recent competition shows in Japan.

Image: Kanata Goto at Midtown Art Award 2016 Fotoalbum

We are frantically preparing the solo show of this artist with the opening on November 11th(Fri). Meanwhile, Kanata Goto, it seems, decided to take all Grand Prizes available in Tokyo. Earlier this year he was awarded the main prize at Minato Medium Museum and this week it was announced that Goto seized 1,000,000Yen and The Grand Prize at Tokyo Midtown Award as well. We have summarized some images of the exhibition space and award ceremony for you in the photo album above, take a look.

Below you can find the images from Buramachi Art Festival in Takehara (Hiroshima Pref.) where this summer Kanata Goto used traditional Japanese architecture space to exhibit his "Structure Image" in motion and permanently shifting relationship with surrounding wooden structure.


15 decks Cruise Ship hosts Atsushi Koyama's painting of rotating turbine blades.

While Atsushi Koyama is building The Machine to incorporate super-human element in his paintings, which we are planning to present to you the next year, Koyama's "Undefined 8" has found its place in one of the cabin of Mein Schiff 6, built by German "Meyer Werft Papenburg" cruise ship with 15 decks, 300m length and 1000 people crew. The ship belongs to TUI Cruises which is a Germany-based Joint venture of the German Tourist company TUI AG and the American cruise operator, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and will be ready and launched in 2017.

Image: Atsushi Koyama, Undefined 8, oil on canvas, 91x73cm, 2014

M.Murayama's "Trifolium repens L." in "A Sketch of the Universe"

The D'Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum
Nov.19, 2016 ~ Feb.19, 2017

Botanical Diagram by Macoto Murayama titled "Trifolium repens L.-top view-No.10" and dedicated to the growth of Clever has became a part of The D'Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum/Dundee University (Scotland) and has just reached the museum to join "A Sketch of the Universe: Art, Science and the Influence of D’Arcy Thompson" Exhibition with the opening on November 19th.
Macoto Murayama as other participating in the show artist was influenced by Thompson's "On Growth and Form" which was first published in 1917. It laid the foundations for the future study of mathematical biology and provided the inspiration for generations of artists to explore its ideas. Thompson’s legacy unites these seemingly opposite fields. As the art critic Herbert Read told him, “you have built the bridge between science and art”.

In 2011 the University of Dundee Museum Services received a grant from the Art Fund RENEW scheme to develop a collection of artworks inspired by D’Arcy Thompson. This exhibition showcases the highlights of the collection, with works by modern and contemporary artists including Henry Moore, Victor Pasmore, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Will Maclean, Susan Derges and Daniel Brown.

Image: Macoto Murayama, Trifolium repens L.-top view-No.10, digital c-print, 100x100cm, 2016 Ed.8

Macoto Murayama at "Meristematic" Exhibition

The Royal Society, London, UK
2016.07.04 (MON) - 10 (SUN)

Image: Macoto Murayama, Studies for Trifolium repens L., digital image, 2016

The Botanical Drawings by Macoto Murayama will be shown in a Summer Science Exhibition at The Royal Society in London. The show is called "Meristematic" (the word describing the tissue in most of plants with the undifferentiated cells where growth can take place) and bring together digital and sculptural works that explore formation and structure of plants.


CD Release of "Where Threads Lead" Exhibition Audio Works by Swedish Techno Dj Ntogn 

Released by Tome | Limited edition of 150 | 50 min | 8 tracks | Printed digipack folder. 

Released by Tome | Limited edition of 150 | 50 min | 8 tracks | Printed digipack folder.  Includes unlimited streaming of Threads via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more. Available at Bandcamp
To stress and explore the spellbinding kinship of the turn table machines of the Techno Djs and The Spinning Wheel, to understand the rotation as the structure generating motion of Techno as well as Weaving, to hear Techno as speech in the way we can see the patterns of textile as a message....

“Where Threads Lead” Kenjiro Nagata~Akane Yorita~Kanata Goto ~feat. “Sonic Threads” by Ntogn~
VIDEO: Hear and See the art works of “Where Threads Lead” Exhibition Kenjiro Nagata~Akane Yorita~Kanata Goto ~feat. “Sonic Threads” by Ntogn~

Ryo Kikuchi at"Original Form” Exhibition

Zokei Gallery, Zokei Art University, Tokyo
2016.6.27 (MON) - 07.12 (TUE)
Gallery talk by the artist: 07.07. (THU) 17:00~

Ryo Kikuchi, Void # 10, acrylic on panel, 80x37cm, 2016

"Macoto Murayama:Growth and Form"

Lamb Gallery, Tower Building
2016.05.19 – 08.20
Gallery talk by the artist: May 24 (TUE), 18:00~ (Tower Building, Lecture Hall)

The book by the Scottish mathematical biologist D'Arcy Thompson (1860-1948) titled "On Growth and Form" was one of Murayama's sources for inspiration from the beginning of his studies and career. Today, the university and museum that holds the heritage of this scientist becomes a space where Murayama presents his first work dedicated not just to the structure of the plant, but its both scientific and artistic presentation of the metamorphoses of organic form. It opens another side in the multidisciplinary works of the artist bringing into the image the dimension of time, the work of age and the frame of birth and death.


Haruki Ogawa Open Studio

2015 Sept. 26 (SAT) - Oct.4 (SUN)
Opening reception: 2015 Sept. 26 (SAT), 16:00-21:00

Haruki Ogawa opens his just renovated studio to show his latest works, the creation process and his approach to organization of "space for an artist". Several created during this summer paintings will be on display while unfinished works and massive installation-like accumulation of painter's tools and materials will lead the visitors through the layers of Ogawa's works in progress.
We are also happy to use this opportunity to present to our audience in Japan the works of the artist, which later cross the Pacific Ocean to head to the first presentation of the artist in USA at Aqua Art Miami Art Fair upcoming December.
We are planning barbeque for the opening reception and foreign and local Frantic friends atmosphere, while our guests can also enjoy last warm days of this year and beautiful nature around the studio located on significant for Japanese history site, namely right at the battlefield of Mimasetoge, a fight which took place in 1569 between the forces of Takeda Shingen and Hojo clan leaving 900 dead samurais behind.
We will help you with the navigation and bus schedules and don't hesitate to contact us for the details if you decide to come.

Exhibition Title: Haruki Ogawa Open Studio
Participating Artist: Haruki Ogawa
Dates: 2015 Sept. 26 (SAT) - Oct.4 (SUN)
Opening reception: 2015 Sept. 26 (SAT), 16:00-21:00
Venue: 243-0308 Kanagawa, Aikohgun, Aikawamachi, Mimase 1287
Time: 11:00 - 19:00 (open every day during the show)
Tel: 080-5389-7722


Macoto Murayama's Digital Art presented in Patek Philippe

Swiss watches maker run magazine "Patek Philippe" presents to his closed circle of clients/readers Inorganic Flora works by Macoto Murayama bringing attention to the clock-work mechanism of plants.


Taisuke Mohri at Cognacq-Jay the museum dedicated to
the visual culture of XVIII century

Taisuke Mohri, The Cracked Portrait #5, pencil on paper, glass, 95.2x69.4x6cm, 2014

During Art Fair season in Paris upcoming October Taisuke Mohri will present one of his latest works in Cognacq-Jay, museum dedicated to XVIII century visual culture. The work will be dedicated to one of the pieces in the collection of the museum but will be created in the original portrait style of the artist. The opening is on October 20th (WED). Follow us for more information.


Macoto Murayama in "The Future of Making Things" by Autodesk
Ba-tsu Gallery, Tokyo

After the presentation of Macoto Murayama's Botanical Diagrams in Autodesk San-Francisco we continue the collaboration with this leading software manufacturer and present several 3D computer graphics works of the artist at Autodesk pop-up gallery in Tokyo upcoming October.


Macoto Murayama in "Heaven and Hell. From Magic Carpets to Drones"

Boghossian Foundation at Villa Empain, Brussels, Belgium
2015 March 6 - Sept. 6

Macoto Murayama, Botech Composition - 1 - bc, digital c-print, 150x100cm, 2013, Ed.5

"Somewhere, beyond good and evil, there is a garden. I will meet you in it."
Djalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi

Macoto Murayama will present his works from the series titled "Botech Composition" (prints and video installation) in the exhibition "Heaven and Hell" organized by Boghossian Foundation, on view at the Villa Empain (Brussells). The show will broach the theme of flying machines and carpets from different angles: the symbolism of old carpets and the symbolism of the geometry of the gardens inspiring it, the age-old dream of flying and imaginary flying objects, the world seen from the sky, the occupation of space by satellites, and the worldwide development of drones and its consequences.

We are delighted to announce Frantic collaboration with American musician C.Love who created a commissioned piece for the presentation of the video work by Murayama. We will bring the result of their collaboration to the public view in WEB later this month and will announce the dates and links in further newsletters.


Cousteau Tazuke at "OBSCUR — CLARTÉ"

La Confidentielle YIA Art Fair
2015. March 26 - 29

One of the work by Cousteau Tazuke will be presented at curated by David Rosenberg exhibition "OBSCUR — CLARTÉ" during La Confidentielle by YIA Art Fair in the end of March.

Cousteau Tazuke, The Work with acrylic resin surface 2013.05.06, acryli resin, acrylic paint, alkyd paint, 102.5cmx102.5cm, 2013

Drawings by Taisuke Mohri in Hyperreal Book by Juxtapoz

You can find some latest pencil on paper works by Taisuke Mohri in Juxtapoz book dedicated to the new generation of photorealism and hyperrealism artists. The book is in large format and with short interview by each presented artist.


Inorganic Flora for L'Oreal

We are pleased to announce that after long negotiations and starting from this year several images of Macoto Murayama from his “Inorganic Flora” will illustrate and accompany the Hair Expertise series of products by L’Oreal distributed worldwide.


Paintings by Haruki Ogawa in Singapore

After presentation of works by Taisuke Mohri, Haruki Ogawa and Atsushi Koyama at the show "New Sensibilities in Painting and Sculpture" in Yeo Workshop (Singapore), till the end of this year you can enjoy large scale paintings by Haruki Ogawa in top Singaporean restaurants Sear and Match.

"Correlation III" (oil/alkyd on cotton/hemp canvas, 248x272.4cm, 2014)
by Haruki Ogawa on the 45th floor of Singapore Land Tower facing sunrise.

Cousteau Tazuke in "A Day in The life of"

Galerie Hengevoss-Duerkop, Hamburg, Germany
2015. Feb. 12 - Apr.4

Frantic Gallery is glad to present the collaboration with Galerie Hengevoss-Duerkop in Hamburg, Germany and invite you to the show "A Day in The Life of" where Cousteau Tazuke with Fabian Hesse and Thomas Kalberloh will present their concepts and methods related to imposition, transformation and superimposition on the boundaries of painting and sculpture.

Cousteau Tazuke, The work with acrylic resin surface 2012.03.06,
acrylic resin, alkyd paint, acrylic paint, 100x100cm, 2012 (detail)